Melanin Goddess, Khoudia Diop shares how she overcame racist bullies to become an Instagram star and a rising fashion sensation
A black model, Khoudia Diop, 19, who also calls herself 'Melanin Goddess' has taken Instagram by storm said she was bullied growing up because of her skin color 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'.
She said: 'I was teased a lot growing up, because of my s
kin 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.
Source: Dailymail online