Though fashion is becoming more inclusive, the industry still has a long way to go. Just ask model Nyakim Gatwech. As a dark-skinned Black woman nicknamed "Queen of the Dark," Gatwech uses her Instagram account to spread fashion magic — and take on issues of racism and colorism at the same time.
Gatwech's posts are all about celebrating the beauty of dark skin — something which is often absent in the media. And her captions are PERFECT.
"Beauty is in the beholder. My chocolate is elegant. So is what I represent. I represent a nation of warriors. You can see it in my presentation. MaMa Africa. My roots run deep!" she said in her Instagram post.
Gatwech also uses her platform to shine a light on colorism — like the time an ignorant Uber driver said her complexion was "too dark" and told her she should use skin bleach to lighten it. She promptly clapped back on Instagram, inspiring her 100K followers along the way.
"He said, 'don't take this offensive but if you were given 10 thousand dollars, would you bleach your skin for that amount?.' I couldn't even respond I started laughing so hard. Than he said, 'so that['s] a no.' and I was like, 'hell to the f*king yeah that a no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God bless with me. Than [sic] 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," she explained in an Instagram post.
"My skin is who I am," she said in a post.
"And I'm proud to be called my type of black not just black. I'm proud to be called Nuer. I'm proud be called South Sudanese. I'm proud to be bless[ed] with my type of darkness. I wouldn't want it any other way.. not even tin[y] tiny bit lighter.. better recognize," she declared in another Instagram post.
She inspires readers to love their skin and not feel pressured to fit society's ideas of beauty.
"Let's embrace the contrast of the dark skin against any other color, let's embody our Sun-Kissed Melanin," she said on Instagram.