Ashley Graham honoured to walk in fashion show while pregnant

Ashley Graham was honoured to walk in Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s New York Fashion Week show while pregnant. The model announced she was expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin back in August, and she hasn’t been letting pregnancy get in t…

Ashley Graham was honoured to walk in Tommy Hilfiger and Zendaya’s New York Fashion Week show while pregnant.

The model announced she was expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin back in August, and she hasn’t been letting pregnancy get in the way of her busy schedule.

The 31-year-old made her first catwalk appearance since announcing the exciting news during the Tommy X Zendaya presentation outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Sunday night and rocked a black polka dot dress with a thigh-high slit and oversized belt, six-inch heels, houndstooth scarf, and hat.

Sharing snaps from the runway on her Instagram account, Ashley gushed over the experience.

“What a night!! This show was so memorable, exhilarating and truly inspiring @tommyhilfiger @zendaya & @luxurylaw, thank you for including me!” she wrote in the caption. “I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of such an incredible show. Thank you for honouring the importance of inclusion by representing so many different women on your runway and showing that beauty comes in many forms. I could have never imagined the feeling of walking a runway pregnant, it was truly an honour for us to be there!”

Euphoria actress Zendaya thanked Ashley for her appearance in the comments, adding, “It was an honour.” British model Adwoa Aboah posted, “HERO!!! Preggerzzzz Goals (sic)”, while Lily Aldridge wrote, “Yessssssss so major!!!”

In addition to the show, Ashley was sat front row at Christian Siriano’s spring 2020 presentation and attended a Harper’s Bazaar party.

The second and final part of designer Hilfiger’s collaboration with Zendaya was a nod to the ’70s and featured a diverse range of models including Leomie Anderson, Winnie Harlow, Soo Joo Park, Halima Aden, and Candice Swanepoel.

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Adwoa Aboah opens up about struggle with acne

Adwoa Aboah has opened up about her ongoing battle with acne and breakouts in a candid social media post.Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the British model bravely published photos she had taken of her skin over the last two to three years, and in the a…

Adwoa Aboah has opened up about her ongoing battle with acne and breakouts in a candid social media post.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, the British model bravely published photos she had taken of her skin over the last two to three years, and in the accompanying caption, wrote about her struggle to maintain a clear complexion.

“Only ever meant for my eyes in order to obsessively scrutinise over my up and down battle with my skin,” she shared of the snaps. “Some days it was acne, some days it wasn’t too bad, then mass breakouts followed by clear as day skin. It was exhausting never knowing what your skin was going to look like from one day to another, it was even more exhausting caring so much, about what work thought or if people noticed.”

Some days, Aboah was so ashamed of her breakouts that she apologised to make-up artists on photoshoots.

“Constantly apologising whilst sat in front of a mirror for something that was out of my control, obsessing over my skin to a point that was very unhealthy at the best of times,” the 27-year-old added.

Aboah, who is the founder of Gurls Talk, posted about her skincare battle to promote her social media theme for September, which will be focused on skin and body.

“This month, as much as I can, I will be posting those photos, not because my skin is the worst you’ve ever seen but because it feels time to let that s**t go, time to join forces with a community who bare their pimples for the world to see,” she concluded.

Aboah’s post quickly drew the attention of her celebrity friends, with Stella Maxwell, Arizona Muse, and Paloma Faith all praising her honesty.

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Adwoa Aboah: ‘Gurls Talk has transformed my life’

Adwoa Aboah’s work with her groundbreaking organisation Gurls Talk has completely transformed her life.The model first started Gurls Talk back in 2015 on Instagram, and it has since expanded into an online community which provides a safe space for youn…

Adwoa Aboah’s work with her groundbreaking organisation Gurls Talk has completely transformed her life.

The model first started Gurls Talk back in 2015 on Instagram, and it has since expanded into an online community which provides a safe space for young women to discuss mental health, sexuality, education, and gender identity.

Aboah discussed her advocacy for inclusivity and equality in September’s issue of British Vogue, which has been guest-edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and the 27-year-old shared that founding the online platform was a life-changing moment.

“Being an advocate has transformed my life. It’s so cheesy to say, but I really feel like this is what I was meant to do. My sensitivity, my co-dependency, all these things that were maybe sometimes looked at – or maybe I looked at – in a negative way are all things that I use for my advocacy… Gurls Talk has completely changed my life,” Aboah shared.

The website provides podcasts, seminars, conferences and online forums covering a variety of topics including sex, finances, gender, education and getting on the property ladder. It also has a safe space in which women can anonymously ask for help and get free legal advice.

Aboah also shared how she plans to expand Gurls Talk in the future and wants to introduce the online community in schools.

“I hope to do a school tour towards the end of the year. That’s where I’ve always wanted Gurls Talk to be. One day it would be great to have a centre. When I dream about it, it is a classroom filled with girls who have an hour a week to talk and be educated on all those things the curriculum doesn’t give you,” she told Vogue.

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Duchess of Sussex wants to shift focus away from ‘superficial’ fashion with British Vogue issue

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine. The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex aimed to switch the focus from “superficial” fashion to deeper, more substantial content with her issue of British Vogue magazine.

The British royal guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the fashion bible with the help of editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, and in her letter to readers, the 37-year-old outlined her aims for the Forces for Change edition, revealing that she wanted to focus on internal beauty rather external, deeper issues rather than superficial fashion pieces, and feature designers talking about their heritage rather than their clothes.

“I had read a book many moons ago called The Four-Chambered Heart, by Anais Nin, which had a quote that has always resonated with me: ‘I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living,'” she wrote. “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper.

“That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve. An issue of both substance and levity. It is, after all, the September issue of British Vogue, and an opportunity to further diversify what that typically represents.”

Although she had control over many aspects of the magazine, such as which Commonwealth designers, ethical and sustainable brands were featured, the former actress did concede that there would still be adverts in the issue.

“There is one caveat for you to remember: this is a magazine. It’s still a business, after all,” Meghan stated. “I share that to manage expectations for you: there will be advertising sections that are requisite for every issue, so while I feel confident that you’ll feel my thumbprint on most pages, please know that there are elements that just come with the territory. The overall sentiment I hope you’ll find, however, will be one of positivity, kindness, humour and inclusivity.”

Meghan also ensured she displayed that “spirit of inclusivity” and diversity on the cover, which features 15 women including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and actress Jane Fonda.

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Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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Adwoa Aboah ‘honoured’ to be selected for British Vogue’s September issue cover

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue. The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year…

Adwoa Aboah feels “honoured” to have been named as a force for change by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

The British model appears alongside the likes of Adut Akech, Christy Turlington, Salma Hayek, and 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg on the cover of the publication’s Forces for Change issue, which was guest-edited by the royal.

Sharing the cover on Instagram, the 27-year-old told her followers being selected for her work with Gurls Talk, an online community she founded for young women to discuss issues like mental health and sex, is one of her biggest achievements so far.

“I can’t even begin to explain what an honour this is to have been featured alongside these inspirational womxn for @britishvogue’s September Issue (sic),” Aboah wrote. “To have been chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one of 15 #forcesforchange because of all the work I do with @gurlstalk feels like one of the biggest achievements yet. Thank you to everyone who made it a possibility.”

Supermodel Turlington also shared the cover on Instagram and expressed her pride at being featured alongside the other trailblazing women.

“Grateful to have been selected to join these #forcesforchange for the September Issue of @britishvogue I am beyond proud to introduce the #ForcesForChange September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex,” she wrote in the caption.

The 15 women, which also include actresses Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Yara Shahidi, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveiled the new cover on Sunday and revealed that Meghan declined to appear on it because she feared it would be a distraction.

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Edward Enninful: ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on new British Vogue cover’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue o…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.

On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue of the fashion publication, entitled Forces for Change.

While the cover features the images of 15 trailblazing women, in an accompanying article, Enninful noted that Meghan decided not to take up the opportunity to front the cover, as she feared it would be a distraction.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege,” he wrote. “From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”

Instead, the cover features a number of inspirational figures, including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Salma Hayek, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and model and activist Christy Turlington.

The 16th spot on the magazine’s cover is a mirror, which Meghan requested as she wanted the reader to be included alongside the incredible women.

Enninful and the former Suits star began working together in January, when the 37-year-old was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child. Their son Archie was born in May.

The issue, which is released on 2 August, also features an exclusive interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Adwoa Aboah recalls ’embarrassment’ caused by fashion show hairstylists

Adwoa Aboah has recalled how she was often left “embarrassed” at fashion shows because hairstylists would not know how to style her afro hair.The British model and activist, who is immediately recognisable for her freckles and very short crop, has open…

Adwoa Aboah has recalled how she was often left “embarrassed” at fashion shows because hairstylists would not know how to style her afro hair.

The British model and activist, who is immediately recognisable for her freckles and very short crop, has opened up in a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, and as part of the chat, spoke about the anxiety she used to suffer over her natural tresses.

“You couldn’t possibly explain to someone the embarrassment of sitting in a chair at a modelling job and having 10 people around your head, struggling with your hair,” she sighed. “I think only a black girl will ever, ever understand that. And sometimes I can’t even be bothered to explain it.”

Aboah’s comments come a short time after fellow model Olivia Anakwe spoke about a similar experience during Paris Fashion Week in March. In a lengthy Instagram post, Anakwe detailed how she arrived backstage for an unnamed presentation, only to find that no members of the hair team could do the cornrow style that the designer had requested for her.

Elsewhere in The Guardian discussion, Aboah considered a number of issues pertaining to the industry, and also acknowledged that she feels privileged in comparison to some of her peers, due to her light skin and family background.

“People always used to ask about my accent and about being posh – they didn’t really think I could be black because I spoke like that,” the 27-year-old laughed. “And I don’t underestimate my privilege as being more light-skinned.

“My black friends and I always talk about ‘the quota’ (or the idea that brands have diversity hires). It’s definitely helped me that I fit into a certain box.”

Aboah, who has appeared on the cover of British Vogue and starred in campaigns for Alexander Wang, DKNY and Calvin Klein, founded mental health charity Gurls Talk in 2015, after she was hospitalised following a suicide attempt.

And when asked if her work in the fashion industry, with its conventional standards of beauty and lack of inclusivity, fits around her work in mental health, the star admitted it was a complicated question.

“I think about modelling and whether it works alongside everything I advocate,” she insisted.

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Adwoa Aboah shaved her head as she was ‘bored’ of trying to fit in

Adwoa Aboah decided to shave her head because she was “bored” of trying to fit in.The British model has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion industry, modelling for Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Kenzo and Erdem, as well as fronting Edward E…

Adwoa Aboah decided to shave her head because she was “bored” of trying to fit in.

The British model has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion industry, modelling for Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Kenzo and Erdem, as well as fronting Edward Enninful’s first U.K. Vogue cover in December 2017.

Adwoa is immediately recognisable for her freckles and very short crop, and has now shared that she is pleased to stand out from the crowd.

“I decided to cut my hair just because I was so bored of trying to fit in, really, and changing my hair to suit everyone else,” she said in a beauty tutorial for Vogue.com. “So, I decided to shave it off as like a new start.”

For a long time, Adwoa bleached her eyebrows a platinum shade, but recently decided to go back to her natural colour. She uses to Revlon’s ColorStay Brow Pencil to fill in her arches to make them appear even darker and the Brow Tamer Grooming Gel from Marc Jacobs Beauty.

“I spend a lot of time bleaching my eyebrows but now I’m quite obsessed with having dark eyebrows,” the 26-year-old commented.

Elsewhere in the video, Adwoa explained that she has a few go-to skincare products, and likes Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Enzyme Cleanser. She is also a fan of the Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter from Marc Jacobs Beauty, Glossier Cloud Paint in Haze, Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick, as well as using Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Out of The Blue, a cobalt colour, on her eyes.

“I just think there’s no real rules when applying make-up,” she smiled. “I learned a lot of things from kind of watching make-up artists on set, and just kind of seeing what they do, the more kind of simpler things I suppose… Watching my make-up artist, who I use all the time. She’s helped me a lot in terms of what stuff I can do myself.”

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Adwoa Aboah: ‘I used to wish I looked like someone else’

Adwoa Aboah has confessed it took her a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin.The model, who was born and raised in Britain to an English mother and Ghanian-born father, made the comments during an interview for her cover feature for Stylist ma…

Adwoa Aboah has confessed it took her a long time to feel comfortable in her own skin.

The model, who was born and raised in Britain to an English mother and Ghanian-born father, made the comments during an interview for her cover feature for Stylist magazine, and claimed that being mixed race used to make her feel confused about her identity.

“Sadly, I spent a lot of time wishing I looked like someone else,” she reflected. “I’m not sure if you’re conscious of it or you might feel the energy of things not being fair and not understand why people are like that.”

Elaborating that the issue “infected her brain,” the 26-year-old beauty confessed that she experimented with various hair and make-up styles to try and fit in, but only felt fully accepted when she met other people like herself that she could identify with.

Adwoa, who recently teamed with iconic fashion doll brand Barbie for a collaboration released in time for International Women’s Day in March (19), claimed that she now wants to use her platform to help change the way beauty is perceived and show the importance of celebrating diversity.

Of the unlikely pairing, the star spoke candidly of the role that her childhood Barbie dolls played in shaping her own personal identity and ideas of beauty.

“My Barbies all had the typical blonde hair, blue eyes and white skin, so what I really wanted to convey is the need to celebrate diversity and the new ways our society should be looking at beauty,” she recalled. “I wanted to portray how detrimental it is for one’s self-esteem if they are shown something that is out of reach.”

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