Stunning black model who was labeled ‘darky’ and ‘daughter of the night’ by racist bullies tells how she overcame their hatred
A black model who has taken Instagram by storm said she was bullied growing up because of her skin color.
Khoudia Diop, 19, who also calls herself ‘Melanin Goddess’, said she was ‘teased a lot’ growing up and still gets negative comments online now.
The Senegalese rising star, who lives in New York, told Daily Mail Online that she used to face up to bullies by confronting them but now she prefers to ‘not pay attention’ to negativity and focuses on learning to ‘love myself more every day’.
Khoudia, who has more than 220,000 followers on Instagram, many accumulated in recent weeks, was born in Senegal and moved to France when she was 15.
She said: ‘I was teased a lot growing up, because of my skin tone. By other kids, and now even online sometimes, people will make comments.
‘Growing up, I faced it by confronting the bullies. As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people, which helped a lot.’
She said the reason behind her nickname, which makes reference to the pigment that gives people their skin tone, is to encourage people to be confident in themselves.
‘Because of my dark, melanin rich complexion and because I want to inspire young girls and let them know that we are all goddesses inside and out. The message I have for my sisters is that how you look doesn’t matter as long as you feel beautiful inside,’ she said.
Khoudia, who started modelling just two years ago when she was 17, said she wants to change beauty industry perceptions of ‘beauty’ by encouraging people to be confident in the way they look.
She wrote on Facebook: ‘One of my goals is to make all my dark-skinned sisters out there laugh at those with their “beauty standards” they’re nobody noooobody to tell you how you should look. Start glowing queen. [sic]’
Khoudia has inspired thousands of people around the world with her striking looks and inner strength.
More diversity is needed on catwalks, she said. Adding: ‘We need more women of color in fashion period.’
In terms of the future, she said ‘the sky’s the limit’ and that she would like to help inspire and empower young black women.