Black excellence

South Sudanese model, 24-year-old Nyakim Gatwech, wears her “Queen of Dark Chocolate” title with pride

BODY CONFIDENT: Nyakim Gatwech

MEET NYAKIM Gatwech, a 24-year-old South Sudanese model who has gone viral for her beautiful dark skin and body positive message.

Nyakim, the self-dubbed ‘Queen of Dark Chocolate, recently shared an exchange between her Uber driver on Instagram where she was asked if she would bleach her skin if she had the chance.

She told her followers: Instagram, “I was [asked by] 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’s] no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God [blessed] me with,” she added. “[Then] he said so you look at it as a blessing?”

Despite the crude questions, Nyakim says she feels empowered by her uniqueness and the self love it took to be confident in her beauty.

As to what she would tell little girls struggling with their appearance?

“You are beautiful, you are unique, and there are people who love you just the way you are.”

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