This Beautiful Dark-Skinned South Sudanese Model Defies Conventional Standards Of Beauty!

Nyakim Gatwech

Nyakim Gatwech’s style, beauty and confidence is what every girl should inculcate in herself. Beauty doesn’t have a standard and Nyakim proves just that.

Photos: Instagram/queenkim_nyakim,iamtberry

Often addressed to as the ‘Queen Of The Dark’ Nyakim Gatwech is a South Sudanese model who suffered a lot of criticism for her dark-skin before she made her way through.

Her criticism was due to the mindset of associating beauty with white or fair skin and the invisible yet strongly felt standards that were set by the society about how a woman must look.

Nyakim Gatwech who now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota is on a mission of self-love. Through her 214k plus Instagram followers, she is helping women worldwide to feel comfortable in their skin and love themselves for what they are.

She says, ““My skin absorbs the suns rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”

Nyakim Gatwech was born in South Sudan where a lot of people are dark-skinned was bullied in school for her dark skin. She has been on the cover of a lot of international magazines and is now dedicated towards spreading positivity despite of the hateful comments she sometimes receives on her Instagram profile.

Earlier this year, Gatwech shared 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. He said, ‘So that a no’ and I was like hell to the f*king yeah no. Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God me with. 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.”

Gatwech who is proud of her chocolate-skin said, “Some people stay Snapping me asking me why am I so dark? How on earth they expect me to answer that question? Beside the fact that I’m bless with melanin and I love all this darkness.”

Gatwech is also representing women on different platforms globally. Her courage reflects through her brave photos and sets an example what most of us could learn from!


Heer Khant
Heer Khant

Traveller | Writer | Photographer | Maverick | Social Worker | Lawyer | A freedom-loving woman for whom words are like wings to her soul. She believes in aliens, hates boundaries and lives like the first human on Earth.

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