Close Ad

Bullied For Her Dark Skin, She Vows To Love Herself - Now She’s A High-Fashion Model
Khoudia Diop
Uplifting News

Bullied For Her Dark Skin, She Vows To Love Herself - Now She’s A High-Fashion Model

It's already difficult for most of us to be comfortable in our own skin. But for Khoudia Diop, life was unbearable.


Bullying and racism

'I was teased a lot growing up, because of my skin tone. By other kids, and now even online sometimes, people will make comments. Born in Senegal and moved to France when she was 15, she was called racial slurs.

It got so bad she stopped going to school.

I was so ashamed of it that I would spend hours in the shower crying and trying to wash my skin off.

- Khoudia Diop

At first, Diop said that she used to confront them. However, she'd soon change course and fade her haters.

The birth of her confidence

At 17, Diop decided to lean into her darkness and pursue modeling.

“I wanted to express myself using visuals and also celebrate the beauty of black women, travel and have amazing opportunities,” she says.

She debuted in the The Colored Girl campaign ‘Rebirth,’ and that it was. Her Instagram followers soared to over 300,000 in just three months.

Ditching her days of crying in the shower, Diop has renamed herself the 'Melanin Queen,' embracing her beauty, inside and out. However, her motivation goes far beyond herself.

“[I gave myself the nickname] 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,” she told People.

Self-love is skin deep

For Diop, her mission continues.

She wrote on Facebook: "One of my goals is to make all my dark-skinned sisters out there laugh at those with their "beauty standards" they're nobody noooobody to tell you how you should look. Start glowing queen. [sic]"

In his book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz talks about Mitiote, which an old Aztec term which is basically gossip, words that poison and bring others down.

The book talks about how life's a big dream, and how, in their own way, others try to impose their dreams on you. And, in Khoudia Diop's case, the hateful comments she received were a reflection of the character and state of the bullies.

Ultimately, the dream we live is the dream we choose. Like Diop, we can choose to live one where we're the star of our life and validate ourselves.

Self-love is not something that you get in one day or two days. It’s an ongoing process and I go through it every day.

- Khoudia Diop

More uplifting stories:

Hot Stories

Snoop Dogg Wouldn't Choose Sides, Tupac Called Him Out
Snoop Dogg The Family You Choose
content.jwplatform.com

Snoop Dogg is an icon of positivity and peace, but that wasn't always the case. After the "Drop It Like It's Hot" gangster rapper faced felony charges and 3-year prison sentence he decided to make a change. Slowly but surely, Snoop Dogg traded in the "guns, drugs, and thugs" lifestyle for cannabis and a lucrative business partnership with Martha Stewart. But decades later it seems his past is coming back to haunt him. In a shocking interview, Jada Pinkett-Smith confronts Snoop about Tupac’s tragic death. She asks the questions no one dared ask: Why did Snoop and Tupac have a falling out? Did Snoop betray Tupac to save himself?

Celebrities
Two men standing in a restaurant and a photo of a restaurant owner looking out the window.

Restaurant Goes Viral After Customer Snaps This Sad Photo

Spirals: Hot Dogs & More and Facebook/ Nick Chappell

The restaurant business is a hard one, full of long hours, complex challenges and a high turnover rate. Running a successful eatery requires a lot of skill, dedication, and luck, and even then, there’s no guarantee the restaurant will succeed. So when someone goes above and beyond to help your establishment thrive, it’s a pretty big thing.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News
Person holding a handwritten note and an engaged couple.

Man's Note With Chipotle Order Funds His Dream Wedding

TikTok/ @erica_cristal and Instagram/ @paulslobo711

Arizona couple, Paul Slobodzian and his fiancée Aly Perkins, have been together for six years and got engaged last year. They've spent the past 15 months trying to save money for the wedding of their dreams.

But dream weddings come with a hefty price tag. So Paul, who in addition to his day job side hustles as a delivery driver 25 hours a week, decided to try to drum up some extra cash by attaching a sweet handwritten note to each of his orders.

And now thanks to one stranger, the power of social media, AND a whole lot of people rooting for love, the couple just got their happily ever after.

Keep ReadingShow less
Uplifting News