Adwoa Aboah has all her sisters with her

She’s a brilliant dancer, a stress-cleaner and a devoted feminist. Meet the model who wants to get gurls talking.

H&M’s autumn campaign aims to redefine the meaning of being ladylike. As founder of Gurls Talk – a platform for discussing social justice, feminism and gender equality – the British-Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah is perfectly cast as one of the advert’s main characters. Why? Simply because she refuses to be stereotyped, won’t let anyone control what she can and can’t wear, and is devoted to sisterhood. 

The activist and model is a London native, and at age 24 is far from a fresh face in the fashion industry. Her mother runs a casting agency and her father works with scouting – so neither Adwoa or her sister Kesewa could have avoided modelling even if they’d wanted to. Adwoa’s career launched eight years ago and she’s been scooping in top-tier campaigns, shows and editorials ever since; her biggest moments include a cover of Vogue Italia and fronting campaigns for Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein and H&M.

The freckled beauty has a face like no one else, but doesn’t seem to be too invested in the way she looks or getting validation from it. Adwoa is passionate about supporting the girls and women around her – one of them being her best friend Cara Delevingne. She wants Gurls Talk to be a safe space for girls and women everywhere and is arranging meetings with young girls in schools around Britain to talk openly about the subjects that burden them. 

We reached Adwoa over email and had her give us some life (… and beauty and fashion) advice. Swipe or scroll to get to know her better.

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS…
“I'm biased, so Tyrone Lebon [her boyfriend].” 

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER…
“My video for Stylelikeu.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT/SHOW WAS…
“My Italian Vogue shoot with Tim Walker and Jacob Kjeldgaard and my first Marc Jacobs show [A/W 16 ready to wear].” 

THE SONG/ARTIST WHO ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS…
“Young Thug.”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS…
“Writing.”

MY MODEL ICON IS…
“I don't have one…”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS…
“I sleep with my face mask on and use apple cider vinegar and lots of spot cream to clear my skin.”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY…
“Boxing.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I…
“Put a hat on.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK....
“Cleaning the house.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS…
“It's no secret but I'm a brilliant dancer.”

I SMELL LIKE…
“Coco butter and Aesop deodorant.”

I am obsessed with my girlfriends, always obsessed with them.


Adwoa Aboah
 

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS…
“A matching tracksuit.” 

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH…
“Denise Gough and her performance in 'People, Places and Things' at The National Theatre in London. Also my girlfriends, always obsessed with them.”

THE BEST BEAUTY TIP I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Never go to sleep with your makeup on.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS…
“The Bowery Hotel in New York.”

MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS…
“The River Café in London.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE…
“Nothing, not really a breakfast kind of person.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK…
“Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitiser, moisturiser, cleansing mask and spot cream.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME...
“I dance all night long.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS…
“Feelings are not facts.” 

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS…
“Everything and anything, I have a shopping addiction.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT…
“That if they don't want you, it's their loss.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO…
“I've never just modelled so I'll just keep on doing all the things I'm doing and more.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS…
“Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, The Affair, and Girls.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING…
“Charles Bukowski and Roxane Gay.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS…
“GURLS TALK and devoting my life to girls all over the world.”



ADWOA ABOAH

AGE: 24

DISCOVERED: She was scouted several times and started modelling at 16

AGENCY: The Lions 

INSTAGRAM: @adwoaaboah 

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