People should start accepting and appreciating beauty as the way it is irrespective of the skin color, religion, race, s**uality, culture and size of a person. After all, everyone is equally special and is created with all kinds of imperfections and flaws, as we are.
Khoudia Diop also known as Melanin Goddess is a Senegalese fashion model and actress. As a child, she was teased because of her dark skin tone. But when she was 15 years old, she moved to Paris, where she was repeatedly suggested to try as a model. She took the nickname “Melanin Goddess” which means “alluding her dark black skin”, to express that she has pride in her appearance. Khoudia Diop s-tole the spotlight and defied the common beauty standards in the modeling industry with her stunning beauty and positivity.
However, the road to success is not always clear for everyone, when she became a model she was again bu-llied and was nicknamed as “daughter of night”, “Darky” and “mother of the stars”. But she handled it victoriously and even received an overwhelming response from people around the world because of her jet-black skin and remarkable features.
Our society has a common impression and has its beauty ideals that white is beautiful, so it became a struggle for the girls and women who have a dusky or dark skin color. They could not be proud of their natural skin, lack confidence and has to adopt some skin practices such as whitening and bleaching to lighten their skin color, in the expectation to look beautiful.
Khoudia Diop, being a dark skin color African beauty has to go through the same thing and admits that before becoming a model, she also does not have enough confidence because of her skin color. But now she is confident and has overcome her insecurities. She has learned to embrace her imperfections and turned them into strengths.
She said, “Bul-lies used to come with all kinds of names thinking I’ll feel bad about my color, well guess what, I loved them all and showed them how much I didn’t care about what they think.”
In 2016, she moved to New York for her college and was featured in a campaign “The Colored Girl Project”. After this, she became very popular on Instagram and gained 350,000 followers in just a few days. Currently, the model has 501k followers, and she regularly shares her photos on her Instagram account and celebrates black beauty. In 2017, she also appeared in a French Cosmetics advertising campaign “Make Up For Ever”.
It’s all about self-love and acceptance and people should not hide.