Black is lovely and comes in all shades. While other women are using all kinds of whitening cream to bleach their skin, a certain Sudanese lady refused to accept $10,000 (N3.6 million) to bleach her skin. Talk about being proud of your skin!
Nyakim Gatwech, Queen of Dark
South Sudanese mannequin Nyakim Gatwech is truly the epitome of black is beauty.Her moonshine darkish skin earned her the title “Queen Of Dark.”
Growing up, younger Nyakim Gatwech was continuously bullied due to her dark skin. Just 10 years ago, she used to be living in a refugee camp in Kenya dreaming to be a mannequin while watching“America’s subsequent top model”‘.
“They would say, you know, I’m too Black, my pores and skin is too dark. They’d be like, ‘You don’t take showers. That’s why your skin is dirt.’ Or, ‘Smile so we can see you, Nyakim. We can’t see you.’ And then, in class, for example, the instructor would ask a question and say, ‘Oh, Nyakim, can you reply that?’ A kid would say, ‘Who are you speakme to? We can’t see her. She’s not here.’ The entire class would begin laughing, and I would just cry.”
Fast ahead to 2019, Nyakim Gatwech is the talk of the trend world, making headlines internationally by modeling and advocating for Black female around the world. You go, girl.
In March 2017, a crass Uber driver determined it was his job to ask if Gatwech would reflect onconsideration on bleaching her gorgeous darkish skin for $10,000, she genuinely laughed it off.
The criticism for her dark pores and skin hasn’t stopped. Sometimes, she receives comments from strangers announcing things like: “You’re black as hell, take a shower.” But thanks to the aid of her social media followers, which is 300,000 and rising, she’s found her internal confidence.
According to Nyakim, her sister also helped to raise her self-esteem by way of advising her:
‘The most satisfying feeling is when you are satisfied in your own pores and skin and when you accept your stunning dark, dark melanin.’’
Nyakim, who now lives in Minneapolis, admits that even although she promotes skin positivity her experience to self-acceptance hasn’t always been so smooth.
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