Nyakim Gatwech is a South Sudanese model whose dark beautiful skin is to be marveled. Far too often dark skinned black people are made to feel ashamed of their skin but not Gatwech. This 24 year-old beauty is confident and self-assured and she’s encouraging the rest of us to be.

Gatwech is an advocate for Black right and diversity in the fashion industry. She averages about 10,000 likes on her gorgeous Instagram photos. On her account she encourages melanin infused women to love their skin. “My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent…A nation of warriors,” she captioned on one of her Instagram photos.

She even shared a story about an Uber driver recommending skin bleaching to her, to which she laughed. She has been coined the “Queen of the Dark” and has embraced the title with pride. She has a message for Africans and African Americans and should all take heed. “Black is bold, black is beautiful, black is gold… Don’t let American standards damage your African soul.”

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