Model Opens Up About Being Bullied for Extremely Dark Skin

No doubt the first thing you notice when you look at Khoudia Diop is her skin. The 19-year-old Senegalese model’s extremely deep complexion inspired her to take on the nickname “Melanin Goddess,” but she wasn’t always so confident.

"I was teased a lot growing up, because of my skin tone," Khoudia, tells the Daily Mail. "And now even online sometimes, people will make comments.”

Instead of taking notice of the negative, Diop focuses on seeing her differences as a positive.

“As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people. If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change."

Click through the Instagram gallery above to see more strikingly beautiful images of Diop.