The Journey of
Nyakim Gatwech’s parents lived in Maiwut, South Sudan, before they fled the South Sudanese civil war to Gambela, Ethiopia, where Nyakim was born. From there, they migrated to Kenya where they lived in refugee camps, and finally she migrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 14. Originally settling in Buffalo, New York, she later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although she was neither born in nor has been to South Sudan, she still considers herself South Sudanese. She considered a modelling career after taking part in a fashion show at St. Cloud State University. She has appeared in promotional posters for the 2017 film "Jigsaw."
Nyakim is known for her naturally dark skin color and has been nicknamed "the Queen of the Dark." Gatwech has faced self-esteem issues and comments from people who promote bleaching to lighten skin color, but learned to embrace her beauty and pigmentation with love and support from her fans.