A 19-year-old aspiring model and college student has gotten a lot of attention for shutting down a troll who criticized her dark skin.
A Twitter account that celebrates African beauty, @_AFRICANS_, shared three of Mimi Mbah’s photos with their more than 17,000 followers on March 31.
The response Mbah received was overwhelmingly positive, but one Twitter user threw in his unwarranted two cents to say, “[If] she was lighter, she’d be fire.”
The Cameroonian teen clapped back by informing the troll that she’s perfect in the skin she’s in. “No thanks,” she tweeted Sunday. “I wouldn’t trade my skin color for the world! Still [fire] tho.”
Mbah’s tweet has received more than 21,000 retweets and 58,000 favorites. Folks gave her lots of praise for standing up to the hate.
The Gaithersburg, Maryland, native told BuzzFeed News that she’s encountered this kind of ignorance toward her dark skin before, but she was still disappointed.
She shared some of the other anti-black comments she received on her Instagram.
”I’m glad my tweet went viral because 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,” she told BuzzFeed. “I actually wanted people to see that colorism is still real.”
Regardless of the hate, she said she wants women with dark skin to always remember one thing: “I want all my dark skin girls to know that we are chocolate goddesses no matter what anyone says!”