Just as there are different shades of white skin tones throughout different cultures, the same can be said about people with dark colored skin. This is the story of a South Sudanese model who has one of the deepest pigmented skins you’ve ever seen.
This could totally put a whole new spin on the saying, black is bold, which is exactly what Nyakim Gatwech wants people to realize. So in her endeavor to get people to embrace her for the beautiful woman she is, she has become the ultimate queen of self-love and is making waves across the world.
Nyakim Gatwech wants you to embrace her incredible dark skin.
But she’s not just doing it for herself, she’s doing it for all women of dark skin color in an effort to teach people that black is bold.
The 24-year-old South Sudanese model is revolutionizing the fashion industry with her deeply pigmented skin.
In fact, her skin is so dark that she looks like the living embodiment of a beautiful silhouette, and she wants everyone to embrace this unique attribute that she’s been blessed with.
Of course, everyone’s a critic, and she wasn’t as embraced in the past as she is now.
Most people couldn’t appreciate, let alone celebrate Nyakim’s skin tone that made her so gorgeous and unique. Then she found success in the modeling industry and everything changed for her.
To make things worse, even people she didn’t know were telling her what to do with her skin.
In 2016, an Uber driver told Nyakim that she should consider bleaching her skin, which implied that her dark complexion wasn’t attractive.
Nyakim could have cried or lashed out at the Uber driver that stuck his nose where it didn’t belong.
Instead, she decided that the Uber driver’s short-sightedness wasn’t worth the trouble, so she laughed it off. But this little experience brought her closer to embracing her own appearance.
In a short time, Nyakim learned how to represent! “My Chocolate is elegant.
So is what I represent… a nation of warriors,” she captioned on one of her Instagram pics, and that’s how she became a social media sensation overnight.
You could say that Nyakim’s skin is her voice of inspiration.
The Minneapolis resident has become the latest voice of encouragement for Black women of all ages from around the globe. It’s Nyakim’s hope that her pride will melt away the ignorance that dark skin can’t be beautiful, because clearly she’s proven that it can be.
They say that to thy own self be true and to love thyself, which Nyakim has accomplished.
“You are beyond beautiful and the love I have for you is unconditional because you are me,” she wrote on social media.
We’re more than skin, and Nyakim has proven that different skin color is what makes the world amazing.
Nyakim wants people to embrace the various types of dark skin tones, but she also stresses that beyond that dark, beautiful skin, there’s intelligence and talent ready to explode and change the world.
With such a powerful goddess making a difference, it was only a matter of time before she went viral.
The burgeoning fashion icon is changing the world’s perception of beauty, a follower at a time. She even has over 100,000 Instagram followers, and more are bound to follow.
It’s not always easy being on top, especially when there are trolls lurking in every corner.
Although she’s received a lot of positive comments, she’s also gotten a lot of discouraging messages too. But that won’t stop Nyakim from continuing the good fight to ensure her message of self-love reaches every corner of the world.
She’s been dubbed the Queen of the Dark, and this Queen certainly has a lot of power.
She points out the advantages of having dark skin, like the fact that it absorbs the sun’s rays and her hair defies gravity. Now that sounds like a couple of perks worth bowing down to.
The color black has gotten a really bad reputation and Nyakim aims to change that.
Black is often used to represent sadness, death, or evil, at least, that’s how it’s portrayed in television and movie, but the Queen of the Dark knows that’s just wrong because she brings light and love to all those around her.
Nyakim claims that we’ve come a long way towards acceptance, but there’s still a long way to go.
Her hope is that her posts will remind people every day of why “you should be proud of your melanin”.
“Stop comparing your skin to anyone else’s,” she warns.
She stresses that you should be proud of your heritage regardless of how light or dark your skin tone is. Ultimately, acceptance can only come when you look in the mirror and love that dark complexion of yours.
Changing the media is something she hopes she’ll be able to achieve.
Currently, women of color are severely underrepresented in television, movies, magazines, and runways. This, along with age old biases and prejudices have made women of darker skin feel undesirable.
It’s safe to say that Nyakim is the true definition of beauty.
But it must have been hard when she was a kid, because people can be really cruel sometimes. But WOW! She’s totally won at life by showing off how gorgeous she is.
You’ll often find that Nyakim will use the hashtag #melaninmonday in her posts.
She also shares poems about black beauty and confidence to inspire people of different shades of black to see the beauty in themselves.
Diversity in the fashion industry has improved by leaps and founds in recent years.
In fact, 27-9 percent of the models who walked on runways between February and March of this year were minorities, which is the highest number recorded in years.
She’s appeared on covers of international magazines, and taken Instagram by storm.
Her ultimate goal is to challenge stereotypes about skin and beauty because she takes pride in her chocolate black skin and her African heritage.
Nyakim isn’t just her own voice, she’s the voice of those who cannot speak.
She wants to become an advocate for diversity so she represents those on social media who either have no voice, or are too afraid to speak up, and her message is clear, “You are beautiful!”
It’s not just her inspiring captions that are speaking volumes.
Her photographs are absolutely fantastic regardless of whether she flaunting colorful bikinis in a desert terrain or wearing a beautiful floral print dress. She’s even worn an all-black outfit.
Growing up with a dark complexion such as hers wasn’t always easy.
She grew up being bullied in school. Kids would even say mean things like “You black as hell, take a shower”.
She had to build on the love that she now has for her dark complexion.
When she was younger, she had considered bleaching herself to avoid people laughing at her and so that boys would find her attractive.
Nyakim may have very well changed the modeling industry for the better.
She’s broken the standardized conventions of beauty and continue to encourage diversity in the fashion world while representing black women globally in various ways.