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Queen of Dark: This South Sudanese model is as bold as she is beautiful

In an age where people are going after skin brightening and whitening creams, this South Sudanese model is embracing her dark complexion with pride. Her moonshine dark skin has earned her the nickname ‘Queen of Dark’ and it just goes to prove that beauty comes in all shades.

Twenty-four-year-old Nyakim Gatwech is as strong as is she beautiful. The model, who now lives in Minneapolis, is on a journey to promote skin positivity and self-acceptance. Along with her gorgeous photos, which she shares with her 89,000-plus followers on Instagram, she also sends out inspirational messages, especially to women who are struggling to be comfortable in their own skin.

So is my birthday and I want to thanks each and everyone that took time out of their busy lives to wish a happy birthday I'm really thankfully and appreciative to each and everyone of you.. I want to thanks God almighty for allowing me to see another year and blessing me with such great friends family and life partner😊😊😀😀 life has it ups and downs for each and everyone of us but as long as you know your bless to have reach another year another day another hour another minute you should be always thankful just for that along.. I know I am😍😍🙌🏿👏🏿👏🏿😊😊 This amazing photo is shot by @iamtberry y'all should go and fallow him!!! #birthdayshoot🙌🏿 #africangirlskillingit #nubianqueen👸🏿👸🏿 #backmodelsrock #birthdaygirl🎊🎉🎁🎈 #skin👌🏿👌🏿 #chocolate🍫🍫 #melaningoddess👸🏿👸🏿 #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿

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“Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin?”

Earlier this year, Gatwech took to Instagram to share her conversation with an Uber driver who asked the model if she would ever consider bleaching her skin. “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?’”, she wrote on Instagram.

The dark beauty just laughed it off. She said, “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. (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.”

MELANIN MONDAY🍫🍫 So my new nickname is Queen of the Dark🍫🍫😍😍 and I love it😍😍😊😊 I'm so thankful and grateful to all the amazing people showing me love and support and writing such powerful articles about me.. we are all beautiful in whatever shade of skin color God create us in. So why should the be dark bad? Embrace and love who you are and world 🌎 would as well!! 📸 @iamtberry Designer @msoromia 💄 @queenkim_nyakim Model @queenkim_nyakim #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #blackisbeautiful❤️❤️ #chocolate🍫 #blackgirlmagic💫✨ #melaningoddess👑🍫 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿 #modellifestyle👠👠 #sleflove #embraceyourbeautyladies #skinpoppintho #QUEENOFDARK😍🍫😘👸🏿

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Needless to say, her self-confidence is refreshing, especially at a time when people have major body image issues. These words of hers are really inspirational, “My skin absorbs the suns rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”

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