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Meet A Black Model Called ‘Queen Of The Dark’ Who Battles Racial Stereotypes With Her Beauty

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South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech, also known as the Queen of the Dark, is taking the fashion world by storm while challenging stereotypes about skin color and conventional beauty through her Instagram posts, magazine covers and photo shoots alike.

The 24-year-old beauty is proud of her skin color, saying “My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent… A nation of warriors,” under one of her social media posts. She simply laughs off the weird comments and questions she gets, such as an Uber driver suggesting she try ‘bleaching’ her skin and a cabbie asking her if she would change her skin color for money. “You won’t believe the kind of questions I get and the kind of looks I get for having this skin,” Gatwech says.

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“Black is bold, black is beautiful, black is gold… Don’t let American standards damage your African soul,” is another of Nyakim’s bold statements


In 2016, an Uber driver suggested she bleach her skin, implying her complexion was not something to be proud of


The model has since become a voice of encouragement for the Black community


She is currently followed by 200,000 Instagram users and has appeared on various magazine covers


The 24-year-old was born in South Sudan but currently lives in Minneapolis


“MaMa Africa. My roots run deep!” Gatwech says of her background


“Let’s show the world how beautiful and intelligent we are apart from just being dark skinned,” she recently wrote in a caption


Nyakim’s photos exhibit the pride she takes in her African roots and Nuer heritage


The Nuer people are a Nilotic ethnic group primarily inhabiting the Nile Valley, concentrated in South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia


In another post she wrote, “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”


According to Yahoo Beauty, the 24-year-old was bullied in school because of her skin color, being told things like, “You black as hell, take a shower”


“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 admits


Nowadays, it is all behind her, Gatwech says: “My skin absorbs the sun’s rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical?”



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