You may not know her name yet, but ‘Melaniin Goddess’ and model Khoudia Diop is about to blow up.
The Instagram star, who is French-Senegalese, recently scored the #BlendInToStandOut campaign with Make Up For Ever. She told Bustle,
“I decided to work with Make Up For Ever on their #BlendInStandOut campaign because the brand and campaign represent diversity in an industry where not everyone is represented.”
Diop couldn’t be more on-point. Often times, even when Women of Color are included in beauty campaigns, they’re women with lighter skin tones or have been whitewashed by Photoshop for the final ad.
Growing up with darker skin is something Diop struggled with as well so she’s more than happy to finally represent girls like her.
“I wanted to be an inspiration for girls struggling with confidence about their skin color because I had negative feelings about my own complexion growing up, and didn’t want anyone to feel the same about themselves!”
“I’ve learned that beauty isn’t the definition of how you look or feel about yourself.”
Even though this is Diop’s big first campaign, she’s already a hug Instagram star with over 470K followers. She’s begun using her platform for good and recently started a crowdfunding campaign for her anti-bullying initiatives.
Photo: Khoudia Diop/Instagram
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.