Nyakim Gatwech, a 24-year-old Sudanese model, had the most amazing response when she was reportedly asked by a taxi driver if she would bleach her skin to a lighter color.
She recalled the incident on her Instagram, in the most powerful and inspiring way. Underneath a picture of herself and some equally stunning models, she explained everything…
“SOUTH SUDAN🇸🇸🇸🇸 A country with people so dark you won’t believe your eyes.. skin so rich and teeth so bright. Gosh how I love my country my people and everything that comes with it,” she began.
“I asked 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? I couldn’t even respond I started laughing so hard.
“Then he said so that a no and I was like hell to the f*king yeah that a no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God bless with me.
“Then he said so you look at it as a blessing? You won’t believe the kind of questions I get and the kind of looks I get for having this skin.”
We love this woman! And this isn’t the first time she has inspired women of all colors around the world, either. In addition to posting poems about black beauty and confidence, she regularly uses the hashtag #melaninmonday, and even refers to herself as the “Queen of the Dark” – a nickname which was first given to her by her loyal army of fans.
If you aren’t following her already – @queenkim_nyakim is her name on Instagram – then we seriously suggest you start. You won’t regret it!