Model Teased For Having Dark Skin Uses Her Platform To Combat Bullying

Khoudia Diop went from being bullied for having dark skin to becoming a model. The Senegalese beauty dubbed “Melanin Goddess” has more than 450,000 Instagram followers, and she’s using the social media platform to stand up against bullying.

The 20-year-old model who landed a contract with French cosmetics line, Makeup Forever, is raising money to create campaigns and initiative combatting bullying. Her goal is to bring in $10,000 through You Caring, a sight centered around “compassionate crowdfunding.”

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On Sunday (May 7), Diop shared two photos on Instagram: a close-up shot of her rich complexion, and a glam photo

“I’ve been #bullied for my dark skin…something I cannot change!! Now I have a platform that allows me to help those being bullied and to help make a difference,” Diop wrote next to the first photo. “Join the movement and #donate towards my anti-bullying initiatives!!”

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Despite being teased as a child, a then 15-year-old Diop moved to Paris where she was encouraged to become a model. She moved to New York City in 2016, and appeared a campaign by The Colored Girl Project that went viral.

In an interview with the Daily Mail last October, Diop opened up about how confronting bullies helped her self-esteem. “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.

“I want to inspire young girls and let them know that we are all goddesses inside and out,” Diop added of her “Melanin Goddess” moniker. ‘The message I have for my sisters is that how you look doesn’t matter as long as you feel beautiful inside.”

See photos of Diop below.

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