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Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Khoudia Diop, also known as the Melanin Goddess, (born 31 December 1996) is a Senegalese fashion model and actress. Diop was teased as a child because of her dark skin tone, but after moving to Paris, France at age 15, she was repeatedly approached with the suggestion that she become a model. She nicknamed herself the "Melanin Goddess" (alluding her dark black skin) to express pride in her appearance.

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

“I was picked on by other kids, when I was a bit younger because [of the darkness] of my skin tone,” she told The Huffington Post. “But this is something that is actually quite normal in Senegal. It’s not a nice feeling and I’ve had to learn to love myself more every day and tune out the negativity, which helps a lot!”

“We have lots of new offers and amazing projects in the works and I’m excited for the future!” she told HuffPost. “I’m currently also enrolled in school, full time. So I’m pursuing my degree and am going to continue modeling as well.”

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

But now the self-proclaimed “Melanin Goddess” is taking the internet by storm with her beautifully rich skin tone.”I was teased a lot growing up, because of my skin tone,” Khoudia, who is based in Paris, told the Daily Mail. “And even now sometimes, people will make racist 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.”

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

In 2016 she moved to New York City for college and was featured in a campaign for The Colored Girl Project, which led to her becoming popular on Instagram. After being part of this project, she went from 300 to 350,000 followers on Instagram in only days. In 2017 she appeared in an advertising campaign for French cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever.

Since then Khoudia, now a famous model, who started modeling when she was 17, has won the internet with her beautiful pictures that have earned her a following of over 531k on Instagram. She’s also inspiring people to embrace their differences, writing that “If you’re lucky enough to be different, don’t ever change.” We couldn’t agree more.

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

Meet Khoudia Diop: The Badass Model Who Was Bullied For Her Skin Color

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