This is 19-year-old Mimi Mbah. She’s a college student and aspiring model from Gaithersburg, Maryland.
A Twitter page called @_AFRICANS_, which is “dedicated to all the beautiful Africans worldwide”, shared Mbah’s Instagram pictures because duh, she looks incredible. Her pictures received lots of compliments.
But also some horrid ones. “[If] she was lighter, she’d be fire,” one said.
Mbah didn’t take this lightly and delivered a brilliant clapback which gained over 56,000 likes and 20,000 retweets.
The reason she wasn’t surprised was because she has seen dark-skinned women shamed for no other reason than being themselves online. “It’s happened to me before and I think almost every dark skin girl can say the same too,” she said.
She added: “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 felt it was important to reply to the comment because: “I actually wanted people to see that colorism is still real.”