South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech is proud of her dark skin and wants the world to know that dark skin is beautiful too. The now Minneapolis resident fashion model has been criticized for her dark complexion all her life but she refuses to let the negativity bring her down and thinks of her skin tone as a beautiful blessing.
Since moving to the States, Gatwech is bullied even more for her pigmented skin. Recently, an Uber driver asked the 24-year-old model if she would bleach her skin if she was offered money for it? In an Instagram post, Gatwech explained how the conversation went and that she had nothing to say to the man.
#WCW✨💎 me myself and I "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” – Harvey Fierstein Stand up tall for what you believe in🖤👸🏿🇸🇸🍫 📸 @piokky 👙 @miss__aude @audeswim #longlegadontcare❤️ #africanqueen👸🏿 #confideniskey👌🏿#melaningoddess👑🍫 #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #chocolate🍫 #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #nubianqueen👸🏿👌🏿#nuerbeauty😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #queenofdark🍫🖤👸🏿
“I was asked by my Uber driver the other day, he said, ‘Don’t take this offensive but if you were given 10 thousand dollars would you bleach your skin for that amount?’ I couldn’t even respond I started laughing so hard.”
“Then he said, ‘So that a no’ and I was like hell to the f*king yeah that’s no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God blessed me with,” she added. “Then he said so you look at it as a blessing?”
Gatwech was called all sorts of names like ‘darky‘ and ‘daughter of the night’. Now she has become the dark goddess of Instagram with over 100k followers.
MELANIN MONDAY🍫🍫 So my new nickname is Queen of the Dark🍫🍫😍😍 and I love it😍😍😊😊 I'm so thankful and grateful to all the amazing people showing me love and support and writing such powerful articles about me.. we are all beautiful in whatever shade of skin color God create us in. So why should the be dark bad? Embrace and love who you are and world 🌎 would as well!! 📸 @iamtberry Designer @msoromia 💄 @queenkim_nyakim Model @queenkim_nyakim #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #blackisbeautiful❤️❤️ #chocolate🍫 #blackgirlmagic💫✨ #melaningoddess👑🍫 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿 #modellifestyle👠👠 #sleflove #embraceyourbeautyladies #skinpoppintho #QUEENOFDARK😍🍫😘👸🏿
“There was a time in my life where I considered bleaching myself to avoid the dirty looks, the laughter, and for boys to find me attractive,” she said.
I was ask by yahoo "what is your favorite thing about your skin?" My answer was, Besides the fact that no matter how much coconut oil I have to put on my skin, I'm still ashy 😂 . I love every apart it, I love the fact my skin is unique and that my whole skin is one tone, and finally how soft my skin is. How can you not love putting on coconut oil on your skin every couple hours lol #chocolate🍫 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #melaninpoppin🍫✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸 📸 @iamtberry 💄 @sumaya_keynan 👙 @miss__aude
“As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people, which helped a lot,” she said. “The message I have for my sisters is that how you look doesn’t matter as long as you feel beautiful inside.”
(Source: Huffington Post)