Her moonshine dark skin has now taken the internet by storm, thus earning Nyakim Gatwech the nickname the “Queen of Dark” and she is prepared to shut down anyone who has anything negative to say about it.
The 24-year-old model now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, uses her Instagram account not only to show off her sultry modelling poses, but to advocate diversity and stand up for those who don’t have a voice. Nyakim uses her posts to tell her 180,000-plus followers that she takes pride in her “chocolate black” skin and her African heritage. “My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent… A nation of warriors,” she captioned one of her many Instagram photos, which routinely exceed 10k likes each.
In another post she wrote, “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”. Her photographs exhibit the pride she takes in her African roots and Nuer heritage.
Earlier this year she took to Instagram to share her experience as a victim of colorism. “I was (asked by) my Uber driver the other day…’Don’t take this offensive but if you were given 10 thousand dollars would you bleach your skin for that amount?’ She said she laughed so hard and asked him: “Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God blessed me with?”
Growing up, Nyakim says that she was bullied in school because of her skin color and admitted that she once contemplated skin bleaching. Even though she promotes skin positivity her journey to self-acceptance wasn’t always smooth. “There was a time in my life where I considered bleaching myself to avoid the dirty looks, the laughter, and for boys to find me attractive,” she says. She too reveals she was bullied for her skin growing up called “darky” and “daughter of the night” by her peers. She decided to confront her bullies and now loves every inch of her melanin. She also recalled a time when a complete stranger bet his friend $20 to ask her if she was wearing leggings of if her skin was really that black.
She uses her account as a platform to advocate diversity and represent those who do not have a voice. In one of her inspiring messages she says, “You represent me and I represent you and lets show the world how beautiful and intelligent we are apart from just being dark skin. Because we are more than what this society think of our dark skin let stand up for those who can’t. Let’s speak up those who can’t.
It is not just her captions but her photographs that speak volumes about her strength and beauty. From flaunting colorful bikinis in desert terrains, to beautiful floral print dresses and all-black outfits, she is a diva who makes a point with just her appearance.
Even though she receives discouraging messages now and then regarding her coloring, she refuses to give up on her self-confidence and radiant self-love. Her refreshing attitude is reflected in a powerful message where she writes, “My skin absorbs the sun’s rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”
Nyakim Gatwech has created a wave in the fashion industry and is now a very successful name in the modeling industry. She has broken standardized conventions of beauty and continues to encourage others to do the same as an advocate of diversity in the fashion world. She is also representing black women across various forums, globally.
“Don’t let American standards damage your African soul. Love the skin you live in, no matter what color or shade it may be.”