Meet Khoudia Diop aka The ‘Melanin Goddess’ That Conquered The World With Her Unique Skin Tone
Khoudia Diop is a Senegalese model that goes by the username of ‘Melanin Goddess’ on Instagram where she conquered the hearts of many with her unique, beautiful and incredibly dark skin tone. She’s young, but she’s already making waves!
Khoudia Diop rose to fame after appearing in a photograph for the Colored campaign, an online platform that celebrates all varieties of skin tones from all over the world. Her melanin-rich skin took the world by storm, turning the young Senegalese model into a Goddess aka the ‘Melanin Goddess’.
She is now fighting to empower African people to make them feel comfortable in their own skin. Khoudia herself was a victim of bullying when growing up, having to listen to people calling her ‘Darky’ and other offensive names. “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.” said the Melanin Goddess.
Millions of African women are turning to whitening creams in order to achieve Eurocentric beauty standards. Skin bleaching, in different forms, is a real problem in African countries, where more and more people stop feeling comfortable in their own skin. A recent report showed that 75% of Nigerian women use skin whitening products, while in Togo the numbers reach 59% and in South Africa 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, Nigeria, 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.” he added.
No one should be ashamed of the skin color one has and we should all feel comfortable being who we are, no matter where we were born, no matter where we live.