Nyakim Gatwech, a 24-year old model affectionally known as Queen of the Dark, is turning heads everywhere with her fierce determination and her beautiful flawless dark skin tone. She is out to prove to everyone that she is very confident with her skin color, and inspires others to be the same way. Gatwech, a South Sudanese born in Ethiopia, had to move to different places with her family as refugees due to w-ar.
Her family eventually immigrated to the United States, living in Buffalo, New York, where she had difficulties adjusting to the culture.
“I was fine with my self-esteem and I started being torn down by society, and I started looking at myself,” she told in an interview with CBS News. “Do I blend in with what the society considered to be beautiful?” She then moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she attended St. Cloud Tech High School and State University.
That’s where she found more acceptance and even started her modeling career.
Still, there are times when the photographer would try to boost her complexion and make it lighter, but she insisted that she want to stay true to her natural look.
She said that there was even one time that she encountered an Uber driver who asked her to bleach her skin and would even pay her to do so.
But she only replied with a smile and said, “It’s funny that I still get that question today, people need to accept that we’re different.”
Now, Gatwech uses her experiences to be an inspiration to young girls all over the world. She has since been receiving a lot of support and currently has more than 850,000 followers on Instagram.
“She is black girl excellent, she is me and I am her. My beautiful niece is the reason I do what I do so she doesn’t look at herself in the mirror and see anything else but beauty, In a world that tries everyday to tell us we’re not the beauty stander.
I remind her and all the little black girls out there that they are drop gorgeous, intelligent, brave outstanding and much more.”
According to Celebrity How, her net worth is $4 million from endorsements and brand ambassador deals with major companies like Fashion Nova.
This is how people reacted to this post:
Maryann Conti-Horton – She definitely gives new meaning to the word “black”!!! To me NOT in a good way! In my opinion she is a nasty color of black and should not be gracing the covers of modeling magazines
Rick Patterson – Does a random comment from some unknown Uber driver really merit an entire article? I think the woman is beautiful exactly as she is, but i wish we would Ignore ignorant people instead of giving their views fame.
Kerryn Obersteller – Wow she is stunning !!! How boring would this world be if everyone was 1 colour…. !!!! That’s the beauty in our world and EVERY skin colour is beautiful!!!
Susana Alcantarilla Di Santo – She’s more of a silhouette in photos… and it works well for modelling clothes. My daughter was outstandingly pale and blonde in school where there was an ethnic majority. Quite frequently kids would ask her why she was so pale… so we know what it feels like… (noone ever considered this ra-cist)… luckily we had a diverse spiritual community to fall back on socially outsude of school- Kids will pick out any difference that’s why genuine diversity is beneficial.
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