Once you lay eyes on Khoudia Diop, it’s hard to forget her. The model, a self-proclaimed “Melanin Goddess,” has enjoyed a bumpy ride to the top, having recently found international success in modeling.
Being different, Khoudia drew the attention of bullies when she was a teenager.
“I was teased a lot growing up, because of my skin tone,” she says.
“And now even online sometimes, people will make comments.”
But she didn’t take their hurtful comments lying down. She confronted the bullies when they said such things to her such as, “darky, daughter of the night.”
“As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people.”
“The message I have for my sisters is that how you look doesn’t matter, as long as you feel beautiful inside.”
She’s also hoping that her rise to prominence changes what people view as “normal” beauty.
She says, “One of my goals is to make all my dark-skinned sisters out there laugh at those with their ‘beauty standards.’”
She sums it all up nicely by saying simply, “If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.”