There was a time when it was strange to see a black model on the runway. Iman, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks broke the racial ceiling some decades ago, but equality is still far from reach the catwalks. Studies say that the percentage of Caucasian white models still haunts the 70-80% in the major fashion weeks. The #BlackModelsMatter movement began to become a trend at the beginning of this year. And we now know the story of Khoudia Diop.
Khoudia Diop is a Senegalese model of 19 years who knows very well what is suffering the consequences of a certain color of skin. She is black, like many others, but your skin tone is especially dark. She herself is called melanine goddess (Goddess of melanin) in. And a lot of people seem to like you: his followers amounted already to 255.000.
A photo published by Khoudia diop (@melaniin.goddess) 26 of 2016 (s) Sep 8:03 PDT
But not all are fans around Khoudia. His life for having so dark skin has suffered bullying. “They mocked much of me growing up. I always faced stalkers, but, now, I learn to love more each day and to not pay attention to negative people,”he said.
A very high percentage of African women use abrasive creams to whiten skin. In countries like Nigeria, it reaches 77%. In Togo, 59%. South Africa and Mali are other countries affected by this fashion. Skin color still matters: among the population of an African country or in a fashion week catwalk. For this reason, Khoudia message is so important.
A photo published by Khoudia diop (@melaniin.goddess) the 17th of Sep of 2016 to (s) 12:12 PDT
“The message I have for my sisters is that no matter what you have, whenever you feel beautiful inside. «One of my goals is that all my dark skin Sisters of rían beauty standards». Khoudia participated in the Colored campaign campaign, It aims to show that beauty is present in all skin tones.
A photo published by Khoudia diop (@melaniin.goddess) 26 of 2016 (s) Aug 9:49 PDT
Do not know if Khoudia career in the world of fashion will be successful, but there is an achievement that has already achieved: making visible respect for what is different. In his own words, «If you are lucky enough to be different, not ever change».