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The Black Model Who Refused To Bleach Her Skin

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Are you one of those who is not proud of how God created you? Is your skin colour, height or body stature your problem? If you are one of those complaining about your appearance, the story of Nyakim Gatwech aka ‘The Queen of the Dark’ will perhaps give you a rethink to be proud of yourself.

Nyakim Gatwech is a South Sudanese model who was once advised to bleach her skin by a taxi driver. This she soundly rebuffed. Today, deeply pigmented skin and defiant personality has begun to change the way people perceive conventional beauty around the world – it’s really amazing.

The 24-year-old is now making waves in the fashion world, and judging by these stunning posts from her Instagram feed it is easy to see why.

MELANIN MONDAY🍫🍫👸🏿👸🏿🖤 Dear my moonshine dark skin, sun kissed complexion, burn skin or whatever they might call you, You are beyond beautiful and the love I have for is unconditional because you are me. you represent me and I represent you and let show the world how beautiful and intelligent we are apart from just being dark skin, because we are more than what this Society think of our dark skin let stand up for those who can't. Let's speak up those who can't. And stay beautiful while doing it❤️❤️🖤🖤 📸 @piokky 👙 @miss__aude @audeswim 💄 @queenkim_nyakim Model @queenkim_nyakim #saynotoskinbleaching☝😖 #slefloveisthebestlove #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #nubianqueen👌🏿👸🏿 #queenofdark🍫🖤👸🏿 #melaningoddess👑🍫 #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #blackgirlmagic💫✨ #nuerbeauty😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #confideniskey❤️ #africanqueen👸🏿 #longlegadontcare❤️

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She’s embraced her ‘Queen of Dark’ mantle, and regularly posts fantastic inspiring messages to her followers.

“My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent… A nation of warriors.”Sadly, she hasn’t been embraced by everyone.

Nyakim now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which is where an Uber driver once asked if she would consider bleaching her skin.

Her response, which she documented in the below Instagram post, was perfect.

SOUTH SUDAN🇸🇸🇸🇸 A country with people so dark you won't believe your eyes.. skin so rich and teeth so bright. Gosh how I love my country my people and everything that come with it.. I was ask 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. Than he said so that a no and I was like hell to the f*king yeah that a no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God bless with me. Than he said so you look at it as a blessing? I just 🤦‍♂️ you won't believe the kind of questions I get and the kind of looks I get for having this skin. On that note #melaninmonday🍫🍫 ||different melanin|| 📸 @piokky 👗 @isaacwest Models: @moliesha95 @odur @chudes0212 @queenkim_nyakim

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“It’s beautiful to be black. It is the colour of strength and pride. I will say it out loud. I don’t have to hide.”

The nature of the internet – and people – unfortunately means she still receives negative comments, but that hasn’t stopped her incredible outlook on life.

“My skin absorbs the sun’s rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical.”

Her posts now regularly top 10,000 likes from her 156k followers.

Nyakim has plenty of fans on her Twitter account too.

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Akin Akingbala is an international journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Aside being happily married, he has interests in music, sports and loves traveling.

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