10/26/2016 11:14 EDT | Updated 10/26/2016 11:15 EDT

Model Khoudia Diop Becomes Inspiration After Overcoming Bullies Mocking Her Skin

Khoudia Diop was called "darky" growing up.

Instagram has a new goddess and she's encouraging others to love the skin they're in.

Khoudia Diop, a 19-year-old model based in New York City, has become social media's "Melanin Goddess," a nickname she gave herself in reference to her dark skin tone.

No filters🙈 🍫@thecgirlinc #bts #blackgirlmagic @bellisima81

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Growing up, the French-Senegalese teen was bullied and called "darky" and "daughter of the night" by other children.

"I faced it by confronting the bullies. As I grew, I learned to love myself more every day, and not pay attention to the negative people, which helped a lot," Diop told the Daily Mail.

Now, Khoudia has become a role model for many young women around the globe and has a following of over 264,000 on Instagram.

Talk about inspiration!

To learn more of Khoudia Diop's story, watch the video above!

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