This Sudanese fashion model Nyakim Gatwech created waves on social media with her dark as night skin. She appeared on a number of International magazines and even took Instagram by storm with her peculiarly dark skin colour. Her pictures instigated a breakthrough on social media, deflating the stereotypes about a woman’s skin colour. But racism runs too deep in our blood, that no matter how hard we try, it often shows up. Naykim was asked by a cab driver once if she would change her skin colour for money. She replied in a ‘No’, proudly.
The 24-year model lives in Minneapolis, United States and she’s popular on internet for the pride she takes in her skin colour and African heritage. But her skin colour wasn’t a celebrated phenomenon always. It developed gradually among people. And during that process, the beautiful model had to gulp the racist remarks thrown at her by people. She was publicly shamed for her extra dark skin. But she didn’t let hatred besiege her dreams.
She shared an incident on Instagram where an Uber driver asked her if she would consider bleaching her skin. Here’s what she wrote about it.
“I was (asked by) my Uber driver the other day…’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****** yeah that a no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin, God bless me with”
That look you give them when they try to tell you that you are pretty for black girl.. like please.. black girls are everything👌🏿 black itself is everything😍😍🍫🍫 is not the color or sadness or death black is the colors or brave, strong black is the color of me❤️❤️🍫🍫😍😍 BLACK IS THE PURPLE YOU SEE IN A RAINBOW BLACK IS BLACK BOYS AND BLACK GIRLS IN CORNROWS BLACK IS YOUR CHOCOLATE HAND IN MY CARMEL HAND BLACK IS THE COLOR IN THE CRAYON BOX KNOW ONE WENT TO BE BLACK IS THE MAN AND WOMEN WEARING DREADLOCKS BLACK IS THE STARS IN THE SKY THAT HAS NO BEGINNING OR NO END BLACK IS THE RICH COLORS OF AFRICA BLACK IS THICK FEET, ROUGH HANDS AND FULL LIPS BLACK IS ACHING BACKS, SWOLLEN FEET AND ACHING HEARTS BLACK IS BEAUTY LIKE THE REAREST DIAMOND IN AFRICA BLACK IS ME PROUD TO BE By DENISE BOYCE #nubianqueen👌🏿 #queenofdark🍫🖤👸🏿 #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #sleflove #saynotoskinbleaching☝😖 #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 📸 @isaacwest
People kept on showering the racist comments on the model, thinking that would be funny. She how she took every racist remark thrown upon her.
So I got a snap couples days ago from my amazing followers lol this is what it said "do you know if someone shoot you the bullet will come back and ask for a flashlight" I swear that made my day I literally laugh out loud. And my respond was "I guess I'm too damm beautiful I can't never get shot even if someone try to lol, because by the time the bullet goes back to ask for flashlight I'll be gone lol 😂 one of advantage of having my dark skin is I can't be shot lol. Smh 🤦♂️ Things like these stupid comments and questions can really make someone hate themselves if you don't have self love and confident in yourself. Always remember you are beautiful just different and unique my little dark black girls❤️❤️😍😍 Designer @styletrolley 📸 @nicoleecaston #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿 #africanqueen🏺💎 #melaningoddess👑🍫 #QUEENOFDARK😍🍫😘👸🏿#nubianqueen👸🏿 #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #chocolate🍫 #confidenceiskey🔑
Some people stay Snapping me asking me why am I so dark? How on earth they expect me to answer that question? Beside the fact that I'm bless with melanin and I love all this darkness🖤😍😍 MELANIN MONDAY🍫✨🖤 #melaninpoppin🍫✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #africanqueen🏺💎 #chocolate🍫💕 #thequeenofdarkchocolate👸🏿🍫 #thedarkertheberrythesweeterthejuice🍇
When you look into your reflection through the mirror what do you see? I hope you see nothing but how beautiful, smart, intelligent, outstanding, unique you are you!! |Genesis| || creative director/ fashion designer|| @isaacwest || photographer|| @worldtravelingq #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #africanqueen👑🍫 #chocolate🍫🍫 #melaninpoppin✨🍫 #melaningoddess😍💗 #nubianqueen👸🏿👸🏿 #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿 #model❤️ #naturalhair #africanprintfabric
Even in the school, she was bullied for her dark complexion. She was told things like ‘You need a shower, you’re black as hell’. At a point of life, she considered bleaching to get rid of the colour that brought her shame. But she dropped the idea, and she’s thankful how it let her fall in love with her skin colour. Nyakim still receives hateful messages but she chooses to ignore them and never let them affect her self-confidence.
But thanks to the love she’s been bestowed upon her by her fans, that now we know her as the ‘Queen of Dark’.
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