Khoudia Diop

Khoudia Diop, also known as the Melanin Goddess,[1][2] (born 31 December 1996) is a Senegalese fashion model[1] and actress.[3]

Khoudia Diop
Koudia Diop

(1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 25)
OccupationModel, Actress
Modeling information
Height173 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBlack

Early lifeEdit

Diop was teased as a child because of her dark skin tone, but after moving to Paris at age 15, she was repeatedly approached with the suggestion that she become a model.[4] She nicknamed herself the "Melanin Goddess" (alluding her dark black skin) to express pride in her appearance.[5][1][2]


In 2016 she moved to New York City for college and was featured in a campaign for The Colored Girl Project, which led to her becoming popular on Instagram.[4][6][7][8] After being part of this project, she went from 300 to 350,000 followers on Instagram in only days.[8] In 2017 she appeared in an advertising campaign for French cosmetics brand Make Up For Ever.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Brown, Nikki (24 March 2017). "Model Khoudia Diop aka 'Melanin Goddess' Has Some Very Good Advice For Her Younger Self". Essence Magazine. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mosley, Holly (6 November 2018). "True Beauty: 13 Models Who Are Beacons for Diversity". Female First. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  3. ^ Diop, Khoudia (9 March 2017). ""I Want to Show Girls It's Not Bad to Be Dark—Different Is Beautiful"". Glamour. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b Gharib, Malaka (20 November 2016). "How Khoudia Diop Learned To Love Her Dark Skin". NPR. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  5. ^ Green, Lindsay (15 November 2016). "Model Khoudia Diop Spills Her Makeup Tips for Dark Skin Tones". Allure. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  6. ^ Bennett, Alexis (28 October 2016). "Meet the 19-Year-Old 'Melanin Goddess' Instagram Is Obsessed With". Glamour. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  7. ^ Abou-Sabi, Kenzi (2 February 2017). "NBCBLK28: Khoudia Diop: The Model Redefining Beauty Standards". NBC News. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b Jamshed, Zahra (29 November 2016). "The 'Melanin Goddess': Meet the Model Whose Skin Tone Made Her a Social Media Sensation". CNN Style. Retrieved 15 April 2017.

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