An aspiring model has won the Internet after shutting down a racist Twitter troll who said she’d be more attractive if her skin was ‘lighter.’
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs that colourism still exists in 2017. But while for most of us the colour and tone of our skin makes not a jot of difference, a small, narrow-minded minority still have something to say about it. Thankfully, though people aren’t going to let the colour-shamers come out on top. Just ask Mimi Mbah.
The 19-year-old student who is originally from Cameroon, but now lives in Maryland has her heart set on becoming a model. A few of her Intagram snaps were recently shared by Twitter page @_AFRICANS_. And boy did she look amazing.
But while most people had nothing but praise for Mimi and her stunning shots, one particularly unpleasant user felt the need to throw down their insulting opinion on her skin colour.
“[If] she was lighter, she’d be fire,” they wrote.
Thankfully, Mimi was well up to the task of dealing with the situation with class and confidence.
“No thanks I wouldn’t trade my skin colour for the world,” she fired back to a social media round of applause. “Still fire tho.”
Within hours Mimi’s clap-back tweet racked up thousands of retweets, over 57K likes and hundreds of messages of support.
“Handled with class, I would have gone crazy mad,” one user wrote.
“Your skin is perfection… he’s insecure,” agreed another.
Others couldn’t believe that in 2017 we’re still dealing with incidences like this.
“There’s still people with this mindset?” one woman asked.
Though the inspirational college student was disappointed by the hateful tweet about her skin tone, sadly she wasn’t surprised.
Thankfully, she’s always been pretty confident in her own skin.
“I used to put myself down for the things that made me who I am today, and I can definitely say now I’ve learned to embrace self-love and appreciate the skin I’m in,” she told Elite Daily.
Now Mimi hopes that the attention her tweet has garnered will help her raise awareness that colourism still exists.
She told BuzzFeed News: “Now I feel like I have a platform which I want to use to talk about things like that and give advice to other dark skin women who are going through similar situations and probably blaming themselves for it…I actually wanted people to see that colourism is still real.”
And Mimi has a message for other women of colour who find themselves on the end of hurtful comments about their skin tone.
“Despite what others may say you’re beautiful and should feel confident in the skin you’re in,” she told Elite Daily.
Keep preaching Mimi!