Nyakim Gatwech Promotes Skin Tone Positivity
South Sudanese fashion model, Nyakim Gatwech, uses her platform to spread melanin positivity.
The 24-year-old model who has appeared on international magazines became a social influencer after using Instagram as a tool to challenge stereotypes about skin and beauty. Gatwech shares her pride by stating, "My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent… A nation of warriors" and "Black is bold, black is beautiful, black is gold".
When asked by her Uber driver would she ever bleach her skin for $10k, she laughed and responded "no".
As a victim of colorism Gatwech experienced numerous counts of bullying. The crowned "Queen of the Dark" model recalled people telling her she was "black" and to "take a shower". She admitted that there were times where she considered bleaching her skin to avoid the dirty looks, the laughter, and for boys to find her attractive.
Fortunately, Gatwech used this negativity to inspire others who may be where she once was. As a moving force in the modeling industry she continues to stand as an advocate for diversity in the world of fashion.