Nyakim Gatwech’s parents lived in Maiwut, South Sudan, before they fled the South Sudanese civil war to Gambela, Ethiopia where Nyakim was born. From there, they migrated in Kenya where they lived in refugee camps, and finally she migrated to the US with her family, while she was 14 years of age. Originally settling in Buffalo, New York, she later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although she wasn’t born or has been to South Sudan, she still considers herself as South Sudanese. She considered a modelling career after taking part in a fashion show at St. Cloud State University. She has appeared in promotional posters for the 2017 film Jigsaw.
In an interview with Yahoo Beauty, Gatwech revealed:
“I was [asked by] my Uber driver the other day, he said, ‘Don’t take this offensive but if you were given 10 thousand dollars would you bleach your skin for that amount?’” the goddess wrote on Instagram in late March.
“I couldn’t even respond I started laughing so hard.”
“[Then] he said, ‘So that a no’ and I was like hell to the f*king yeah [that’s] no.”
“Why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God [blessed] me with,” she added.
“[Then] he said so you look at it as a blessing?”
As you can see, our girl hasn’t let any of that foolery stop her shine. She took no prisoners when she showed up at the Emmy Awards in a stunning gown, created by Cameroon fashion designer, Claude Kameni.