Dubbed the “Queen of Dark,” this exquisite beauty with a charcoal black complexion is breaking the internet with confidence and grace – world, meet Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech.
In an age where people are crazy for skin-lightening, the world should be glad to have found this strong and bold woman who is all for encouraging and educating others to love the skin tone they have been blessed with.
“So my new nickname is Queen of the Dark and I love it I’m so thankful and grateful to all the amazing people showing me love and support and writing such powerful articles about me.. we are all beautiful in whatever shade of skin color God create us in. So why should the dark be bad? Embrace and love who you are and world would as well!!” Nyakim wrote online.
The 24-years-old South Sudanese international model who now lives in Minneapolis has been bullied for her skin while growing up, but she stayed undeterred, according to Dailypost.
She says, “You won’t believe the kind of questions I get and the kind of looks I get for having this skin.”
She loves her dark skin, and is prepared to thrash anyone who has anything negative to say about it – including an Uber driver who decided it was his job to ask if she would consider bleaching.
She wrote on her Instagram, “I was (asked by) 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?”
“(Then) he said, ‘So that a no’ and I was like hell to the f*king yeah [that’s] no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God (blessed) me with,” she added. “(Then) he said so you look at it as a blessing?”
One of her Instagram posts read, “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.”
Gatwech who is a fan of Nigerian musician Mr Eazi tags herself as Queen of chocolate and encourages everyone to love who they are.
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Many South Sudanese are dark in complexion and were heavily victimized and marginalized by the Arab Sudanese. Despite the setback of two decades of civil war, many South Sudanese have gone ahead to be top models, basketball players and academics all over the world.
According to Quora, the majority of Southern Sudan tribes are Nilotic. They are tall and dark skinned African who inhabited the region of South Sudan for a long time, the dark skin helps with the equatorial sun and the slim and tall figure dispenses heat effectively.
Other neighboring tribes, such as Maasai are also Nilotic, but migrated from South Sudan to Kenya and Tanzania in the 1500s, where they lost their dark skin by mixing with other eastern African local tribes.
The reason why southern Sudanese didn’t mix with any other tribes is because of geography of their land; divided by rivers and surrounded by mountains as well as the Nilotic tribes fearsome warfare reputation.
In many countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia lighter-colored skin is considered prettier and paler women are believed to be wealthier, more educated and more desirable.
This attitude has led to a boom in the use of skin-lightening products in these parts of the world.
Millions of women throughout Africa use creams and soaps containing chemicals, like hydroquinone, to lighten the color of their skin which can cause long-term damage.
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Moonshine colored Nyakim goes by the handle @Queenkim_nyakim on Instagram and has 65,222 followers. Her self-confidence is refreshing, especially at a time when people have major body image issues. These words of hers are really inspirational, “My skin absorbs the suns rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”
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