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Girl Bullied For Her Skin Color Tells The World The Best Way To Build Self-Confidence

Girl Bullied For Her Skin Color Tells The World The Best Way To Build Self-Confidence

The fight against bullying has taken another positive step forward in the form of Khoudia Diop.

The 19-year-old from Senegal has been no stranger to taunts about the colour of her skin. Her skin tone meant she was the target for hurtful and even racist comments by kids as she grew up.

“I was picked on by other kids, when I was a bit younger because [of the darkness] of my skin tone,” she told The Huffington Post. “But this is something that is actually quite normal in Senegal. It’s not a nice feeling and I’ve had to learn to love myself more every day and tune out the negativity, which helps a lot!”

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    But the bullying has only fuelled her want to succeed in life and show people that beauty shouldn’t be defined by standards. As a result, her positive attitude and inspirational story has touched thousands of people on social media.

    Khoudia’s Instagram account now has almost 350,000 followers together with thousands of Facebook fans who receive her inspirational messages and advocacy for natural beauty.

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      She’s working together with other wonderful women for The Colored Girl, Inc who work to celebrate women of all backgrounds and advocate the importance of self-love.

      Her dreams to become a model and represent the darker tones of skin colour and bring them more into the mainstream, are also picking up the pace.

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        But she’s not just an amazing example of unique beauty, she’s currently studying for her degree along side her current projects.

        “We have lots of new offers and amazing projects in the works and I’m excited for the future!” she told HuffPost. “I’m currently also enrolled in school, full time. So I’m pursuing my degree and am going to continue modelling as well.”

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          For Khoudia, it’s all about blocking out the negativity from others and making sure she lives a life where self-love and pursuing personal success is a priority – a lesson that we can all use in our lives.

          “I’ve learned to ignore the negative people and just be a living example of confidence and self-love. I let my life, and success, speak for itself,” she said.

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          Last Updated on July 15, 2019

          41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

          41 Beautiful Pictures That Show What True Love Is All About

          Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

          Love is one of those things.

          True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

          True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

          supportive couple

            A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

            strong hug

              A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

              running help

                A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from ViralNova.com

                feeding kitten

                  A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                  It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                  mom and daughter selfie

                    A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh

                    girlfriends

                      Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis

                      selfies

                        A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman

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                        selfie

                          Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                          dude selfie

                            Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                            It’s all the warm fuzzies

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                              A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler

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                                A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                It means having a friend to photobomb you

                                photobomb

                                  A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                  old man photobomb

                                    A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                    family photobomb

                                      Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                      boyfriend photobomb

                                        A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                        True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard

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                                        shoulder to cry on

                                          A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                          flood dog

                                            During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                            A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                              A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis

                                              lunch

                                                A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from ViralNova.com

                                                hug

                                                  A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt

                                                  rubble

                                                    An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                    sister and brother

                                                      A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.

                                                      headstone

                                                        A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                        It means taking the time for long goodbyes

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                                                          A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page

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                                                          national guard goodbye

                                                            A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                            saying goodbye

                                                              A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                              And cherishing reunions

                                                              husband home

                                                                A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                boyfriend home

                                                                  A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                  mother hug

                                                                    A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                    True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                    elderly women

                                                                      Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                      feeling young

                                                                        A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                        sprinkler dad

                                                                          A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg

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                                                                          subway couple

                                                                            A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams

                                                                            wheelchairs

                                                                              A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                              It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                              silly faces

                                                                                A grandfather makes faces at the camera with his granddaughters. Image by Tim Pierce

                                                                                vote for pedro

                                                                                  A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                  True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                  date night

                                                                                    A young couple kisses in the back of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. Image by Derek Key

                                                                                    playing violin

                                                                                      Violinist Nancy Dinovo plays at a memorial service for the victims of 9/11. Image by Christopher Morris

                                                                                      True love is timeless

                                                                                      old friends

                                                                                        Friends spending some time together. Image by Cristian Bortes

                                                                                        sitting around a fire

                                                                                          A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                          elderly couple

                                                                                            An elderly couple walks down a street together. Image by Matteo Paciotti

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