By Gillian Fuller. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram, Twitter.
Last week, Twitter account @AFRICANS, which celebrates African beauty in all its forms, shared a handful of Mimi Mbah's Instagram photos, which she'd taken while on vacation in Cameroon. In them, Mbah rocks an afro and poses in various places, including the beach and on a balcony overlooking the sea — suffice it to say, she looks gorgeous.
The tweet generated a lot of responses, most of which were positive. A few internet trolls, however, attacked Mbah for her dark skin. One particularly disgusting person (who also tweets non-stop about how rainbows are "for God, not gay people) wrote: "If she was lighter, she’d be fire."
Though Mbah later told Buzzfeed she "wasn’t surprised" when she received that tweet — it’s certainly nothing new for women of color to be shamed for their skin tone — she decided to fire back with the best response.
"No thanks, I wouldn’t trade my skin color for the world!," she wrote. "Still [fire] tho,"
Mbah's reply resonated with a lot of people: It received nearly 58,000 likes, and was retweeted more than 21,000 times, nearly all of which celebrated the dark-skinned beauty’s classy clap-back and undeniable beauty.
Speaking to Buzzfeed News, Mimi Mbah said she felt compelled to reply to the troll's comment to show others that "colorism is still real." She added: "It’s happened to me before and I think almost every dark skin girl can say the same too….I’m glad my tweet went viral because now I feel like I have a platform which I want to use to talk about things like that and give advice to other dark-skin women who are going through similar situations and probably blaming themselves for it."
Slay, girl. Slay.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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