“There is nothing more attractive than a woman who carries herself like a Queen and wears her confidence like a crown! Royalty or not, dignity and respect are every man’s birthright! ”
– Khari Toure
The concept of beauty varies from place to place and time to time. Beauty comes in numerous shapes, sizes and colors. While the debate of shape and size is more layered than you think, color is the first that catches the eye. It is the color that often aids differentiation and unfortunately, it is the color that builds walls of insecurity within many.
But there is this South Sudanese model who is breaking cliches and proving every such pre-assumed notions wrong. She is Nyakim Gatwech also known as the ‘Queen of Dark’ the name given to her for carrying herself in a very classy way. She is black and she is very proud of herself.
Nyakim has taken the social media by storm in recent years. She’s teaching people not to be afraid of the dark. With her deeply pigmented skin and fierce determination, the dark skin model is breaking down the barriers of conventional beauty and encouraging others to do the same.
25-year-old Nyakim is of African descent and an established model and fashion icon now. She lives these days in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although she was neither born in nor has been to South Sudan, she still considers herself South Sudanese. She considered a modeling career after taking part in a fashion show at St. Cloud State University.
The bold and beautiful model has no shame about her melanin, and she makes sure the world is aware. As she captioned one of her many Instagram photos :
“My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent… A nation of warriors.”
Nyakim has hundreds of thousands of followers on her Instagram profile, more than 430k to be precise. She is very much active on social media and loves to share her stories and pictures with the world. In one post she took to the social media to tell her fans about how an Uber driver once suggested she should try to “bleach” her skin, writing: “You won’t believe the kind of questions I get and the kind of looks I get for having this skin.” But she laughed it off as she never takes such kind of stuff too seriously.
Nyakim regularly shares stories about these sort of encounters, and captioned one photo: “So I got a snap a couple of days ago from my amazing followers lol. This is what it said, ‘Do you know if someone shoots you the bullet will come back and ask for a flashlight’. I swear that made my day, I literally laughed out loud. And my response was, ‘I guess I’m too damn beautiful I can’t never get shot even if someone try to lol’… Things like these stupid comments and questions can really make someone hate themselves if you don’t have self-love and confidence in yourself. Always remember you are beautiful just different and unique.” So it’s safe to say that she isn’t insecure at all but she is super positive.
It’s said that there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is comfortable in her skin. This holds true for Nyakim as she embraces herself and has made a career out of her confidence and looks. Writing on Instagram, she said:
“Dear my moonshine dark skin, sun-kissed complexion, burn skin or whatever they might call you: You are beyond beautiful and the love I have for is unconditional because you are me.”
In another post she wrote: “Black is bold, black is beautiful, black is gold.”
In an inspirational Instagram’s post, she addressed the African women in these words:
“Don’t let American standards damage your African soul. Love the skin you live in, no matter what colour or shade it may be.”