Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Adwoa Aboah

An activist, model, role model to young women and nominated Model of the Year at the 2016 Fashion Awards. Her face has graced the cover of Vogue Italia, and campaigns for H & M and Calvin Klein (alongside FKA Twigs and Kendall Jenner), but Adwoa Aboah is more than just a pretty face. The young Brit caused waves in 2016 when she opened up about her struggle with addiction and depression in a video created for the “What’s Underneath Project” an initiative formed by StyleLikeU. Like other participants before her, Adwoa removes an item of clothing with each question to show that true style is about being comfortable in your own skin. In late 2015 she started Gurls Talk, which is in the process of being recognised as a formal charity. "Gurls Talk is my baby," she says. "It's just about opening up a space within schools where we as women and girls can talk about whatever we want." At its core, it Gurls Talk spreads a larger message of honesty and openness for young women, but also tackle issues like depression, drugs, and overcoming self-hate which Adwoa herself has faced. Online the handle and accompanying hashtag spreads inspirational messages to promote gender equality and in turn, breed female solidarity. 

In addition to all her work for Gurls Talk, Adwoa still dominates the runway and all other spheres of the fashion industry. She’s worked with some of my favourite designers including but not limited to Simone Rocha, House of Holland, Shrimps and towards the end of 2016 secured campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Roberto Cavalli. Her undeniably British sensibilities, natural born curiosity and passion on social issues also make her a perfect candidate for i-D Magazine's YouTube channel. No stranger to what’s taboo, she participates in the "free the nipple" movement in one such video, and probes into the world of female bikers in the next. She’s utterly aware of her mortality as a working model, but it’s that very same restlessness which fuels her hunger to work towards promoting equality. Her transformation over the years has been nothing short of incredible, opting to shave off all her hair and give her iconic freckles greater emphasis. One can only hope that 2017 is holds even bigger and better things for the career of such a bright young spark, and Gurls Talk. 


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