Proving that the darkness of one’s skin should not be used as gauge to determine someone’s beauty, South Sudan model Nyakim Gatwech captured the internet with her charcoal-black skin and gorgeous face.

Known as the ‘Queen of Dark’, Gatwech took to Instagram to celebrate her unique skin color and this has gotten her thousands of followers on social media, more so after she recently went viral. To date, the model has close to 130k followers on Instagram, nearly twice the number before she went viral.

So is my birthday and I want to thanks each and everyone that took time out of their busy lives to wish a happy birthday I’m really thankfully and appreciative to each and everyone of you.. I want to thanks God almighty for allowing me to see another year and blessing me with such great friends family and life partner😊😊😀😀 life has it ups and downs for each and everyone of us but as long as you know your bless to have reach another year another day another hour another minute you should be always thankful just for that along.. I know I am😍😍🙌🏿👏🏿👏🏿😊😊 This amazing photo is shot by @iamtberry y’all should go and fallow him!!! #birthdayshoot🙌🏿 #africangirlskillingit #nubianqueen👸🏿👸🏿 #backmodelsrock #birthdaygirl🎊🎉🎁🎈 #skin👌🏿👌🏿 #chocolate🍫🍫 #melaningoddess👸🏿👸🏿 #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿

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People were quite shocked to see her extra dark skin and couldn’t help but stare at her when she’s in public. According to Gatwech, she has long embraced her skin color. She has also come to terms with people often asking weird, sometimes rude questions about her skin.

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,” she wrote on Instagram.

Photo credit: @queenkim_nyakim / Instagram

The 24-year-old Sudan ‘Queen of Dark’ is now based in Minneapolis but the model is proud of her heritage. The question now is whether she would actually bleach her skin to look white and fair just like many people.

The answer might not come as a surprise to you: no, she wouldn’t do it!

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?’”

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.

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