Meet The South Sudanese Australian Model You'll Be Seeing All Over Fashion Week

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Nyakim Gatwech, 24, from South Sudan has become Instagram sensation

  • Model who know lives in Minnesota uses Instagram to spread positive message

  • Accepted her skin after being bullied while growing up 

  • Wants to encourage girls who haven't yet found their confidence 

  • By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline

    Published: 10:13 GMT, 4 July 2017 | Updated: 17:37 GMT, 4 July 2017

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    A model who was asked by an Uber driver if she'd bleach her body for £10,000 is rapidly becoming an icon for celebrating the beauty of black skin.

    Nyakim Gatwech, 24, from South Sudan - who has earned the nickname Queen of the Dark - said she laughed so hard she couldn't initially speak, before asking him: 'Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin?’

    Nyakim, who now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, uses her Instagram account not only to show off her sultry modelling poses, but to advocate diversity and stand up for those who don't have a voice. 

    Writing on Instagram, she said: Dear my moonshine dark skin, sun-kissed complexion, burn skin or whatever they might call you: You are beyond beautiful and the love I have for is unconditional because you are me. 

    MELANIN MONDAY🍫🍫👸🏿👸🏿🖤 Dear my moonshine dark skin, sun kissed complexion, burn skin or whatever they might call you, You are beyond beautiful and the love I have for is unconditional because you are me. you represent me and I represent you and let show the world how beautiful and intelligent we are apart from just being dark skin, because we are more than what this Society think of our dark skin let stand up for those who can't. Let's speak up those who can't. And stay beautiful while doing it❤️❤️🖤🖤 📸 @piokky 👙 @miss__aude @audeswim 💄 @queenkim_nyakim Model @queenkim_nyakim #saynotoskinbleaching☝😖 #slefloveisthebestlove #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #nubianqueen👌🏿👸🏿 #queenofdark🍫🖤👸🏿 #melaningoddess👑🍫 #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #blackgirlmagic💫✨ #nuerbeauty😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #confideniskey❤️ #africanqueen👸🏿 #longlegadontcare❤️

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    I was ask by yahoo "what is your favorite thing about your skin?" My answer was, Besides the fact that no matter how much coconut oil I have to put on my skin, I'm still ashy 😂 . I love every apart it, I love the fact my skin is unique and that my whole skin is one tone, and finally how soft my skin is. How can you not love putting on coconut oil on your skin every couple hours lol #chocolate🍫 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #melaninpoppin🍫✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸 📸 @iamtberry 💄 @sumaya_keynan 👙 @miss__aude

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    NOTHING MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN A WOMAN WHO IS COMFORTABLE IN HER OWN SKIN👌🏿👌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿 nothing more attractive than a woman who have confidence😍😍 📸 @piokky 💄 @queenkim_nyakim #lovewhoyouare😍 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #skinflawless❤️ #sleflove #myblackisbeautiful💋 #blackgirlmagic✨ #wearenilotic #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿 #southsudanessbeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸 #melaninpoping🍫✨ #chocolate🍫🍫🍫#faahion #queenkim_nyakim #goddess

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    'You represent me and I represent you and let show the world how beautiful and intelligent we are apart from just being dark skin. 

    'Because we are more than what this society think of our dark skin let stand up for those who can't. Let's speak up those who can't. And stay beautiful while doing it.'

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    In another post she wrote: 'Black is bold, black is beautiful, black is gold.

    'Don’t let American standards damage your African soul. Love the skin you live in, no matter what colour or shade it may be.'

    Y'all have no idea 💡 how grateful and bless I am🙏🏿🙏🏿 thank you to all my followers 100k wow 😍😍👌🏿👌🏿 you can't tell me my blue skin is not popping? When 100k people all over the world 🌎 think it is lol🍫👌🏿😍 thank you again everyone!! Designer @styletrolley 📸 @nicoleecaston #confidenceiskey🔑💋💜😍💄 #chocolate🍫 #slelove #saynotoskinbleaching☝😖 #shorthairrocks #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #QUEENOFDARK😍🍫😘👸🏿 #melaningoddess👑🍫 #africanqueen🏺💎 #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿

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    When you look into your reflection through the mirror what do you see? I hope you see nothing but how beautiful, smart, intelligent, outstanding, unique you are you!! |Genesis| || creative director/ fashion designer|| @isaacwest || photographer|| @worldtravelingq #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿 #africanqueen👑🍫 #chocolate🍫🍫 #melaninpoppin✨🍫 #melaningoddess😍💗 #nubianqueen👸🏿👸🏿 #nuergirlbeauty💁🏿💁🏿 #model❤️ #naturalhair #africanprintfabric

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    This picture give me chills😊😊 #thedarkertheberrythesweeterthejuice🍇 📸 @iamtberry 💄 @sumaya_keynan scarf by @sumaya_keynan #blackgirlmagic✨ #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #chocolate🍫🍫 #africanqueen👸🏿👸🏿 #nubianqueen💯👸🏿 #skinsosoft💋💋💋 #darkskingirlsmatter🍫 #youdonthavetobemixedtobebeautiful😍

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    However, it's taken time for Nyakim to embrace the love she now has for her own skin after being bullied while she was growing up. 

    Cruel comments such as, 'You black as hell, take a shower', left her contemplating drastic action. 

    'There was a time in my life where I considered bleaching myself to avoid the dirty looks, the laughter, and for boys to find me attractive, she told Yahoo! Beauty. 

    But thanks to the support of her social media followers, who number 154,000 on Instagram alone, she's found her confidence. 

    And her sister also helped to boost her self-esteem by advising her: 'The most satisfying feeling is when you are comfortable in your own skin and when you accept your beautiful dark, dark melanin.'

    More pictures from my birthday shoot🙌🏿👏🏿🍫👸🏿🇸🇸👌🏿🎂🎉🎊🎁🎈 📸 @iamtberry Model/MUA: @queenkim_nyakim #birthdayshoot #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #melaningoddess👑 #nubianqueen👸🏿 #chocolate🍫🍫 #birthdaygirl❤️❤️

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    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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    Is Monday so instead of #mcm #melaninmonday🍫 📸 @sethnocentric Designer @styletrolley Model @queenkim_nyakim #confideniskey❤️ #darkchocolate🍫❤️ #africanqueen👸🏿 #melaninpoppin🍫❤️✨ #melaningoddess👑🍫 #melaniemartinez #southsudanesebeauty🇸🇸🇸🇸😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #nuerbeauty😍😍🙌🏿🙌🏿 #queenofdark🍫🖤👸🏿

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