The 25 year old Ghanaian-British model, Adwoa Aboah, has taken the world by storm and was announced the model of the year at the 2017 Fashion Awards. Aboah scooped up the award and beat out the competition who included the likes of sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber (daughter of 90’s supermodel sensation Cindy Crawford) and body positive activist/ model Winnie Harlow. In 2017 Aboah walked countless runways and appeared in campaigns for Burberry, Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. She is the third black woman to appear on the cover of British Vogue. Needless to say we are crushing on this amazing woman.
Adwoa’s mother, Camilla Lowther, founded Camilla Lowther Management in the 80’s. It’s a creative management network of stylists, designers, illustrators, makeup artists and photographers. Her father, Charles Aboah, is one of London’s most sought after location-scout. It’s no wonder that the aboah took to modelling as her parents background also comes from fashion industry.
Adwoa has battled with drug addiction and depression and is open to talking about coping with her mental health issues. For Adwoa, dealing with her mental health has been a massive part of her journey to becoming the woman she is today. She has used platforms such as Vogue to speak about her long battle with depression and drug abuse and feels the need to share her story and be one of many voices for people who might not have someone to talk to or understand what it’s like to live with depression.
She is the founder of Gurls Talk, a digital initiative that encourages young women to open up and discuss mental health issues. Adwoa wants to help others open up and talk about matters affecting them without any judgement or stigma. It is a movement that strives to create a platform where girls from different backgrounds can openly share their experiences in a safe and trusting environment. Ultimately, Gurls talk is about working together, empowering girls and taking the time to listen.