A 13-year-old girl made millions of dollars in 1 year selling NFT art

Nyla Hayes has discovered the key to her success: selling her artwork as NFTs.


Nyla Hayes

A young artist became a multimillionaire at the age of 13 after selling her work as non-fungible tokens (NFTs).


The teen's paintings feature famous ladies, such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Lucille Ball, as well as regular women. When she's finished, Hayes uploads it to an NFT marketplace, where it can be purchased using cryptocurrency.


On Thursday, the digital artist told NBC News Now anchor Savannah Sellers, "I love sketching women from all over the world because I really like different cultures and different backgrounds."


Hayes refers to her work as "long neckies."


Hayes' works are distinguished by one feature: a stretched neck.



Hayes' models have an elongated neck, a feature that can be found in all 3,000 of her photographs, and she notes that the unique feature dates back to her youth.


Hayes was enthralled by the Brontosaurus dinosaur when she was younger, so she gave it a nice nickname.


"I couldn't think of a name for it. As a result, I simply referred to them as "long neckies," she stated


That was the spark — and the moniker — she needed to elevate her work to the next level.


"At initially, I just wanted to combine two of my favorite things, which were a Brontosaurus and women," she explained. "I wanted to highlight how attractive and strong women could be, and the brontosaurus fit the bill perfectly."


Hayes sold her "Long Neckie Lady" painting on Instagram for $6,621.70 in March. She also sold a drawing for $3,920.05. a month before that.


How did Hayes get into producing NFTs in the first place?


Latoya Hayes, Hayes' mother, claimed she bought her daughter a smartphone when she was nine years old because she "really developed an interest in painting."


"I could see how dedicated she was to her craft, and I wondered if I could help her in any way." "I'm going to do exactly that," Latoya stated.


Hayes used to create her portraits on her smartphone and only reveal them to her family and friends before she started making large money. "I was worried that others wouldn't like it or think it was strange," she said.