Last year, Senegalese model Khoudia Diop captured hearts with her beautiful charcoal dark skin and she has gone on to appear in lots of campaigns.
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 427,000 followers on Instagram, 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. More pics below…