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The curious case of the black or white ‘Gambian’ model

A model claiming to be a Gambian, who has gained notoriety for her rich, dark skin tone, came under attack on social media after a follower accused her of being a white woman in blackface. A follower from Brazil made a meme accusing the model of spraying her skin to look darker. “The greatest black woman you all respected, the greatest African woman you have exalted (laugh), is actually white. I’m dead with this “fulera” (slang that often means something or someone is cheap, worthless, ridicule), blacker than her,” posted the follower. She claimed the model’s hands were a lighter tone than the rest of her skin. The model, who goes by melvnin on Instagram, addressed the situation in a post. “Apparently I’m white??? Wtf lol what is this world coming toooooo! I’m Gambian!” she wrote. “It’s crazy how certain people can’t let black people rest! Let me REST!” Many of her followers came to her defence, but some shared they were confused about her race because of her “European features.”
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