In the wake of what’s happening in our world today, it can become easy for some within the black community to feel as if they do not matter due to the color of their skin. Thankfully, with the use of social media, there is that constant reminder that black is forever beautiful.
We’re only halfway through the year and have faced a pandemic, a nationwide protest of the death of George Floyd, and the ongoing police brutality among black individuals. As a member of the black community, and someone who has thoroughly learned of the discrimination against the black race throughout history, there are times where I wonder what it is about skin color some people just cannot accept.
The black community needs to understand that the color of their skin holds so much melanin beauty and power that derives from their ancestors. A perfect representation of that skin color is the wonderful black models we witness on social media today.
Khoudia Diop: The Black Melanin Goddess
Khoudia Diop, also known as Melanin Goddess, is a Senegalese fashion model who’s all about embracing diversity in regards to women of color. Known as the darkest model in the world, she is proud of her skin color and uses her platform to inspire those like her to love the skin they’re in.
Before she became a model, she grew up in Senegal before moving to Paris. There, she experienced bullying as a child based on her skin color. She knows all too well what drives the practice of skin bleaching in African countries, and experienced first-hand how light skin is considered better than dark skin.
Khoudia’s mission is to change that perspective by having all skin types and colors represented in the beauty industry. She believes that her skin color is what makes her who she is and that there doesn’t need to be beauty standards for anyone.
Nyakim Gatwech: Queen Of Dark
Nyakim Gatwech is a South Sudanese model who’s often referred to by her fans as Queen of Dark due to her rich, black skin. When she entered the US, she was often stared at and constantly criticized for her skin color because it wasn’t “pretty enough.”
She once spoke of a time when an Uber driver asked if she would bleach her skin if someone offered her $10,000 for it. He believed her life would be harder because her skin color is too dark. Nyakim considered bleaching her skin, but she later grew to accept her beauty.
Today, she shows how much she loves her skin by establishing her black beauty through photos and considering it to be a blessing. She lives to become an inspiration to other young girls who may look different, and who feel like they too have to listen to what society says is beauty.
Ajak Deng: The 5’11 Black Beauty
Ajak Deng is a Sudanese-Australian fashion model whose experience with the discrimination against her skin color, both as a child and in the modeling industry, pushed her to quit modeling altogether. After many of her young fans expressed their desire to see her back in the spotlight, Ajak chose to return to her career with the hope of seeing more diversity.
Moving to Australia as a refugee, she returned as an adult but didn’t find acceptance because of her skin color. She thought it was unacceptable that they didn’t feel she belonged despite having grown up there. Despite the ongoing hate of color, Ajak’s goal became changing the lives of others, specifically in the modeling industry. Women of color, no matter how black, shouldn’t have to fight harder to be successful.
These black women, among many others in the industry, have had to face the adversary due to skin color time and time again. Though they continue to reach success, the ongoing issue of skin color still faces discrimination. The world may be more accepting of diversity than ever before, but more work still needs to be done to ensure the subject of skin color doesn’t factor into a person’s worth at all.
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