On International Women's Day, we have our eye on Adwoa Aboah, model and founder of Gurls Talk, an online platform empowering young women with diverse and inclusive stories
Models come and go, but how do you leave a lasting impression? British-Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah might have ended fashion's fall/winter 2017 season by walking for Miu Miu, but her star power hasn't quite left the stage. You'll recognise her unique look on a billboard anywhere, distinct from the masses with a freckle-faced charm and an edgy buzzcut. Recently, she made major headlines for fronting Vogue's March 2017 cover alongside fashion's most recognisable faces of the moment: Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Imaan Hammam. The cover lines: "Women Rule! Fashion's Fearless Females".
With 145,000 followers on Instagram and counting, the 24-year-old West Londoner has put her following to good use. She set up Gurls Talk, a platform where women and notably, girls, can talk about whatever they want. Instead of coming from a patronising or condescending "adult" view, the space intends to educate girls on mental health, addiction, disorders and social pressures by speaking from experience, and inviting diverse writers to contribute.
To date, Gurls Talk has gotten girls discussing on locs as a form of empowerment, how to get rid of negative thinking and learning the word "no". Watch a snippet below, where Aboah shares on whether social media breeds self-acceptance or jealousy, and forward the website on to all the young, impressionable girls you know. It's time for some real talk.