Diop’s Instagram popularity has stemmed not only from her pride and self love but from understanding that loving her skin was a challenge that she had to work at. Although in her hometown of Senegal it’s not unusual to have a skin tone as rich as hers, Diop still struggled with an image to be lighter.
“Everyone there wants to be light. Everyone wants to be whiter. It’s something that they need more education about. They don’t know that being dark is something they don’t need to change.”
Studying at New York University for Business while also modeling, Diop is committed to changing the face of fashion by finding ways to bring in different skin toned women to the industry.
“When I was in high school in Paris, some photographers wanted my photos and asked if I was interested in modeling. I wasn’t interested because I wanted to get my education first. I was scared because I didn’t know what I was getting into.
But almost everybody was telling me, why not? So I did it because I wanted to inspire girls. When I was younger I didn’t have any inspiration to like the skin I was in.”
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¡PSST! © 2016 The Black Lion Journal. Images from Khoudia Diop Instagram. Quotes from NPR’s Interview.