*Model Nyakim Gatwech has garnered a massive following on her Instagram page, with her captivating images that highlight her exceptional beauty.
As noted by chartattack.com, her fans and over 700k followers have dubbed her the “Queen of Dark,” after she became an international sensation for posting an image of herself posing in between two light-skinned Black models.
The South Sudan beauty (born in Ethiopia, but is of Sudanese descent) was once celebrated online after recounting the time a Uber driver asked if she would bleach her skin for $10,000.
“I would never do that. I consider my skin to be a blessing,” she said, noting that the driver told her life would be “easier” if she diluted her melanin.
“[Even if] being lighter would make my life easier, I’d rather take the [hard] road,” she told Cosmo in a 2017 interview.
Check out some of her stunning images below.
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Y’all have no idea how grateful and bless I am?? thank you to all my followers 100k wow ?? you can’t tell me my blue skin is not popping? When 100k people all over the world think it is lol? thank you again everyone!! Designer @styletrolley @nicoleecaston #confidenceiskey #chocolate #slelove #saynotoskinbleaching #shorthairrocks #melaninpoppin️ #southsudanesebeauty????? #nubianqueen? #QUEENOFDARK? #melaningoddess #africanqueen #nuergirlbeauty??
Elsewhere in her Cosmo interview, Gatwech explained that she has always been bullied for being “too dark.”
“I’m used to people asking the stupidest questions ever [about my skin],” she says, adding that she didn’t find the driver’s comment unusual. “I was so surprised that people were moved by [this story].”
When asked if she ever considered bleaching her skin in the past, Nyakim explained, “At one point, I did consider it. When I came to America from a refugee camp in Africa [at age 14], I lived in Buffalo, New York. I would cry myself to sleep after being bullied [about my skin]. There are so many beautiful dark-skinned Sudanese women who bleach their skin. My own sister did it. But when I told her I wanted to [after living in America for a few months], she told me no. She said, “You would not just be bleaching your skin, you would be bleaching your mind. I did it and I regret it. I’m not going to let my daughter do it, or you — nobody.”
You can read the full conversation with Cosmo HERE.