Senegalese model, Khoudia Diop calls herself the ‘melanin goddess’.
No one is disputing that fact as her amazing dark skin clearly speaks for itself.
Khoudia, who models in Paris and New York, quickly got attention after she was cast as one of the models for Tori Elizabeth’s and Victory Jones’ The Colored Girl Campaign, which was aimed at celebrating the diversity of the brown skin.
Flashing her pearly white teeth, Khoudia boldly embraces her dark skin with pride as she continuously denounces any support for the use of any sort of skin lightening agents.
And despite being new to the modelling world, Khoudia’s confidence seems to know no bounds as she continues to catch the eyes of millions of people around the world.
If her Instagram photos are anything to go by, then she obviously has the love and support of a wonderful boyfriend, who sings her praises and cheers her on.
Doesn’t she just remind you of Adaeze in the beautiful DNB Story – Entangled.
These 8 gorgeous pics of her are bound to wow you…
Now an inspiring young woman with a successful modelling career,
Khoudia Diop admits that her charcoal-dark skin has been the target of
bullying while growing up.
Responding to a Facebook post about her
nicknames – ‘Darky’, ‘daughter of the night’, ‘mother of stars’ – she
said that “bullies used to come with all kinds of names thinking I’ll
feel bad about my color, well guess what, I loved them all and showed
them how much I didn’t care about what they think.”
And it’s that type
of attitude that really makes this girl special.
Skin bleaching is a big problem in many African countries, with millions
of African women turning to whitening creams to achieve the
imposed global concept of beauty dominated by eurocentric standards. A
disturbing report found that 75% of Nigerian women are using skin
lightening products to achieve a fairer skin tone, followed by Togo with
59% of women and South Africa with 35%.
“There is a wrong belief that the light-complexioned ladies are more
beautiful and acceptable to men,” Olanrewaju Falodun, a consultant
dermatologist at the National Hospital in Abuja, told Afrizap.
“Over time ladies who are dark complexioned who have internalized this
wrong perception tend to lighten their skin to improve their sense of
selfworth. The other reasons are ignorance and peer pressure.”
These women should really take a close look at beautiful, self-confident
women like Khoudia Diop and learn to feel comfortable in their own
skin, instead of using potentially dangerous chemical products to
achieve a beauty ideal imposed by the media.