Black is beautiful and comes in all shades.
South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech is truly the epitome of this.
Her moonshine dark skin has now taken the internet by storm, thus earning her the “Queen Of Dark” nickname.
Nyakim embraces her dark skin and is prepared to shut down anyone who has anything negative to say about it.
Just recently a crass Uber driver decided it was his job to ask if she would consider bleaching gorgeous dark skin.
“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?’” the goddess wrote on Instagram in late March.
“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?”
“You won’t believe the kind of questions I get and the kind of looks I get for having this skin.”
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Nyakim has been asked this ridiculous and insensitive question.
Speaking to Yahoo Beauty, the model admits that since moving to the U.S., she’s been criticized on several occasions for her deep brown hue.
She says she shared her ‘Uber driver story’ to educate others and to encourage others to love the skin they’re in.
Nyakim, who now lives in Minneapolis says even though she promotes skin positivity her journey to self-acceptance wasn’t always smooth.
“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 says.
Much like Nyakim, fellow model Khoudia Diop has also faced harsh discrimination for her skin tone.
She too reveals she was bullied for her skin growing up called “darky” and “daughter of the night” by her peers.
She decided to confront her bullies and now loves every inch of her melanin. She’s now a high fashion model.
“As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people, which helped a lot,” Khoudia said.
“The message I have for my sisters is that how you look doesn’t matter as long as you feel beautiful inside.”
Nyakim, too, has a similar message of confidence, that will surely empower other black girls who don’t yet feel comfortable in their own skin due to society’s skewed perception of what beauty is.
“My skin absorbs the suns rays and my hair defies gravity,” she told her over 50,000 followers on Instagram Monday. “Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”