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Nyakim Gatwech: ‘The Queen of Dark’


Nyakim Gatwech is a Sudanese-American model. She has attracted attention for her dark skin color and is popular on Instagram. The 24-year-old model is making waves on social media for embracing her beautiful complexion and her incredible comebacks to ignorant comments about her skin.


Gatwech was born in Sudan and migrated to the US with the rest of her family while in middle school. Originally settling in Buffalo, New York, she later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. She considered a modelling career after taking part in a fashion show at St. Cloud State UniversityShe has appeared in promotional posters for the 2017 film Jigsaw.

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Gatwech is known for her naturally dark skin color and has been nicknamed the Queen of the Dark. Gatwech has faced self-esteem issues and comments from people who promote bleaching to lighten skin color, but learned to embrace her beauty and pigmentation with love and support from her fans. She has over 300,000 followers on Instagram.

dark is beautiful but too much dark is charcoal

In an age where people are going after skin brightening and whitening creams, this South Sudanese model is embracing her dark complexion with pride. Her moonshine dark skin has earned her the nickname ‘Queen of Dark’ and it just goes to prove that beauty comes in all shades.

Earlier this year, Gatwech took to Instagram to share 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. (Then) he said, ‘So that a no’ and I was like hell to the f*king yeah [that’s] no. Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God [blessed] me with. (Then) 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.”

People even went ahead to ask her why is it that she is so dark, but Gatwech took it with a pinch of salt. One of her Instagram posts read, “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.”

Her self-confidence is refreshing, especially at a time when people have major body image issues. These words of hers are really inspirational, “My skin absorbs the suns rays and my hair defies gravity. Now you can’t tell me I’m not magical!”

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