Sadly colorism is still a prevalent issue within the black community.
Skin bleaching remains a multi-billion dollar industry, with many risking cancer for the dream of a lighter complexion.
A lot of young women feel under pressure to lighten their skin due to peer pressure and society’s so-called ‘beauty standards.’
It is why a South Sudanese woman has gone viral.
The young female identified as Nyamal shared her story of how her she regularly receives abuse over her dark skin.
Nyamal revealed that cruel troll on her Instagram page called her burnt and ugly – all because of the color of her skin.
But despite the intense scrutiny over her appearance, she has encouraged others to embrace who they are.
She even went as far as admitting she herself once tried to bleach her skin and understands the pressure others feel.
She said: “When I was 14 I was depressed and really hated my dark skin from a young age.’
‘I was taught that the lighter your skin the more beautiful you are.’
‘So me desperately wanting to be viewed as beautiful decided to bleach my skin. Now this went on for about a year.’
‘I thought that changing my skin would change how I felt inside. But in all reality it didn’t. So when I was 15 and a half I decided to stop and started trying to find beauty in myself.’
‘I decided that as long as I live the only person that really needs to find me beautiful inside and out is me.’
‘Please do not judge to anyone feeling like they need to change to be beautiful. Please don’t. Being you is what makes you beautiful.’
‘If you ever need someone to talk to I’m only a dm away. I know how you feel I’ve gone through it so I won’t judge.’
What a kind and beautiful young woman. We salute you Nyamal!