Model Behavior is a series highlighting fashion models promoting body positivity, and working to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.
Senegalese model Khoudia Diop wants women to know we are all goddesses — no matter what.
Diop tells The Daily Mail that growing up, people teased her for her skin tone. "Other kids, and now even online sometimes, people will make comments ... Growing up, I faced it by confronting the bullies. As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people, which helped a lot."
Now, the Instagram sensation (Diop has over 300 thousand followers on the social media platform) hopes to remind other girls that they are all beautiful.
"I want to inspire young girls and let them know that we are all goddesses inside and out," she tells the publication.
"The message I have for my sisters is that how you look doesn't matter as long as you feel beautiful inside."
"If you're lucky enough to be different, don't ever change," Diop writes on Instagram.
Diop's message of self-love is one that others in the fashion industry have promoted. Whether it be Ashley Graham and Barbie Ferreira's body-positive work or designers like Becca McCharen of Chromat who showcase women of different races on the runways, we hope voices like these continue to encourage inclusiveness in today's society.
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