Nyakim Gatwech, known as “Queen of the Dark,” a 27-year-old model who has defied conventional beauty standards and inspired others to do the same, now has a net worth of $4 million.
Gatwech’s determination and flawless dark skin tone have garnered her endorsements and brand ambassadorships from prominent brands such as Fashion Nova. The South Sudanese model, who is confident in her skin color, claims that individuals of African descent are taken aback by her dark complexion.
She told CBS News, “I was great with my self-esteem until I started being ripped down by society, and I started looking at myself.” “Do I seem to fit in with what society considers attractive?”
She recounted moments when photographers attempted to lighten and brighten her skin, but she insisted on maintaining her natural appearance.
Despite being ridiculed, rejected, and mocked for her unusual appearance, the South Sudan native, whose parents had to leave the civil war to Kenya and eventually to the United States, is having the time of her life. This is a far cry from the days when she and her family lived in East African refugee camps.
The St. Cloud State University graduate, who arrived in the United States at the age of 14, was named “Queen of the Dark” because of her dark skin.
The Fenty beauty model recently revealed an interaction with an Uber driver who encouraged her to bleach her skin on Instagram. “My Uber driver asked me the other day, ‘Don’t take this the wrong way, but if you were given $10,000, would you bleach your skin for that amount?”
“I couldn’t react because I was laughing so hard. Then he said, ‘So that’s a no,’ and I was like, ‘Hell yeah, that’s a no.’ Why would I ever bleach this lovely pigmentation that God [gave] me with?” she said.
She’s developed a sizable social media following, with over 689,000 Instagram followers, and has caught the attention of beauty firms, who hire her to sell their products.
Her color, which had previously been a cause of concern, is now opening possibilities for her.
While at the Kenyan camp, the model’s interest in fashion and modeling was piqued. She browsed fashion magazines and watched “America’s Next Top Model” while she was there.
Gatwech has chosen to be an influence on young females around the world these days. Gatwech has emerged as a proponent of diversity in the fashion business, proclaiming, “Black is bold, black is beautiful, black is gold… Allowing American norms to harm your African soul is not a good idea.”