Adwoa Aboah launches #CopingTogether scheme during coronavirus pandemic

Adwoa Aboah has launched a new initiative that offers support to those self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.The 27-year-old model’s latest campaign, #CopingTogether, has been unveiled through her online platform Gurls Talk and gives much-need…

Adwoa Aboah has launched a new initiative that offers support to those self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 27-year-old model’s latest campaign, #CopingTogether, has been unveiled through her online platform Gurls Talk and gives much-needed assurance to those who are feeling lonely, uncertain and frightened amid the Covid-19 crisis.

#CopingTogether aims to use creativity to promote “healthy, constructive and positive coping techniques” and encourage people to share their artwork with the global community on the website to make people feel less alone.

Adwoa posted details of the initiative on Instagram and told her followers to “process their emotions” by getting creative.

“These are uncertain times and I know that like me, a lot of you out there are feeling anxious and looking for ways to cope,” she wrote. “To that end, and in the spirit of staying connected, Gurls Talk is launching our Coping Together initiative.

“I’m inviting you all to join me in submitting art, videos, photos, poetry, essays, journal entries, humour – anything that helps you process your emotions. I can’t wait to see all your work.”

Famous faces including Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock will be among those contributing to the #CopingTogether drive, with them telling followers how they’re coping in self-isolation.

The Covid-19 virus has so far infected around 552,000 people, with more than 25,00 deaths, since the outbreak began in China back in December.

Lockdowns to control the spread of the virus are in place in countries around the world, including France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

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Adwoa Aboah vows to cut back on wearing tracksuits

Adwoa Aboah has promised to cut back on wearing tracksuits and dress up more.The model/activist reflected on the past year in a new interview with i-D magazine, and during the chat, noted that she would try to focus on herself as she entered the new de…

Adwoa Aboah has promised to cut back on wearing tracksuits and dress up more.

The model/activist reflected on the past year in a new interview with i-D magazine, and during the chat, noted that she would try to focus on herself as she entered the new decade.

“I’m taking more time for myself, more concentration on Gurls Talk,” Adwoa shared, referring to her hugely successful online community. “My friends, the ones who really lift me. Honesty. Good conversation.

“Maybe I’ll let go of wearing tracksuits so often and dress up a bit more – finally use all those great clothes I’ve got,” she laughed.

The British beauty went on to explain that she hoped to find love over the coming year and will be taking her “perseverance and hope” into the upcoming months.

“I’ll be looking for new love in 2020, I’d like to be madly, head-over-heels in love with someone in 2020,” the 27-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the interview, Adwoa discussed her biggest personal and professional achievements, and said that while she was extremely proud of her online platform Gurls Talk, she was also impressed at her determination.

“In my personal life, it would be just getting through s**t. That’s success in itself. Getting through the dark times and coming out the other end a better and more rounded human being… I think perseverance is success. I’m constantly moving forward, learning from my mistakes, trying to better myself.”

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Adwoa Aboah teaming with British Fashion Council on mentorship programme

Adwoa Aboah is partnering with the British Fashion Council (BFC) on a mentorship programme.The model has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion industry, landing gigs for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Kenzo, and Erdem. Aboah is a…

Adwoa Aboah is partnering with the British Fashion Council (BFC) on a mentorship programme.

The model has quickly risen up the ranks of the fashion industry, landing gigs for the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi, Alexander Wang, Kenzo, and Erdem.

Aboah is also using her platform to promote Gurls Talk, an organisation for young women, and next up, she will be launching an initiative to highlight the many different opportunities and careers in fashion and empower young people from all backgrounds to get involved in the creative industries.

“The mentoring programme will involve five key industry mentors, coupled with one mentee each, who will work together over a period of four months,” a BFC spokesperson commented. “The programme is open to any young people 18+ starting their careers in the fashion industry or aspiring to do so; no academic background is required.”

The mentors, who have been chosen from a wide spectrum of careers throughout the industry, include Aboah’s mother, Camilla Lowther, who founded management agency CLM. Other mentors include Campbell Addy, founder of Nii Agency & Niijournal, Ibrahim Kamara, stylist and senior fashion editor at large for i-D, Natalie Kingham, buying director at Matches Fashion, and British Vogue’s executive fashion news editor, Olivia Singer.

The experts will be paired with a mentee chosen through the BFC and the 27-year-old’s networks and meet for four two-hour sessions during the four-month period.

In addition, Aboah will once again be serving as a BFC Ambassador for Positive Fashion, with her focus for the following year to be on education and inspiring young people to get involved in the fashion industry.

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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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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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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 aims to give back with her career

Adwoa Aboah feels a “massive responsibility” to give back.The 26-year-old juggles her high fashion career with overseeing Gurls Talk, the online community she set up to give women a safe space to be themselves.Talking about her place in the world, Adwo…

Adwoa Aboah feels a “massive responsibility” to give back.

The 26-year-old juggles her high fashion career with overseeing Gurls Talk, the online community she set up to give women a safe space to be themselves.

Talking about her place in the world, Adwoa, who has suffered from mental health problems in the past, told Refinery29: “I definitely think I have a massive responsibility; one that’s maybe been given to me and the other, which I’ve taken on myself.

“I have a responsibility (because of) the things that I’ve gone through and the things that I’ve learned. I feel a massive sense of responsibility to give back. And in terms of the industry – I don’t just think it’s just the fashion industry – I think all massive career types have a role to play in putting out a greater message and a greater meaning. And you can do that by the clothes that you make or the people you work, or the imagery that you put out.”

Her plans for 2019 include more action work with Gurls Talk, which as well as a website, hold lots of events, and she has her sights set on changing government policy.

As for her role in the fashion industry, she is adamant that it is her duty to be “f**king authentic”.

“To be unapologetically myself. I am myself through and through,” she added. “And if that can set an example for others on their journey, then I think that that’s as good a message as any.”

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Adwoa Aboah ensured new Revlon range is ‘inclusive and purposeful’

Adwoa Aboah was determined that the kit names in her Revlon x Gurls Talk collection would represent the “deeper message” of the online forum.The British supermodel launched the digital platform, which allows girls to share their experiences and seek ad…

Adwoa Aboah was determined that the kit names in her Revlon x Gurls Talk collection would represent the “deeper message” of the online forum.

The British supermodel launched the digital platform, which allows girls to share their experiences and seek advice in a zone where “nothing is too taboo”, back in 2015. Now Adwoa is hoping to spread awareness about the Gurls Talk mission after teaming up with Revlon on the new line of three make-up kits. When it came to creating the kits, the 26-year-old thought as much about the names of the products as she did about their contents, explaining to InStyle: “We wanted the kits to be inclusive and purposeful about the deeper message and themes that come from the Gurls Talk community, and you’ll see that within the kit names and the product shade names: It’s OK To Feel: Mental Health, Celebrate Every Piece of Yourself: Feminine Health and Dare to Love Yourself: Body Positivity.”

The kits come in hot pink, cobalt blue and yellow, with eye-catching shades and glittering finishes. While the hues may be slightly intimidating to some, Adwoa added she wanted the collection to appeal to all.

“From the beginning, I wanted the colours to be bright, colorful, and playful,” she smiled. “The shades are accessible to anyone and look beautiful on every skintone. You don’t need to know how to put on make-up to have fun with them.”

Adwoa also insisted that the campaign for Revlon range would include members of the Gurls Talk community, and would showcase a diverse range of skintones and backgrounds.

“It’s important for people to see themselves reflected in the media and feel like they have a voice,” she concluded.

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Adwoa Aboah talks dark side of social media

Adwoa Aboah views Instagram feeds full of glamorous snaps as “detrimental” to girls.Since becoming a world-famous model, Londoner Adwoa has dedicated herself to helping young women find their voice. She set up Gurls Talk, an online community for young…

Adwoa Aboah views Instagram feeds full of glamorous snaps as “detrimental” to girls.

Since becoming a world-famous model, Londoner Adwoa has dedicated herself to helping young women find their voice.

She set up Gurls Talk, an online community for young women to open up, in 2015, and is often vocal about the dark side of social media.

Calling Instagram “a devil and an angel”, she told the London Evening Standard: “It’s given lots of people all over the world the chance to come together and talk about a variety of things, and it’s given me a platform.

“Then there is that part of my job where I have to post glamorous photos. Am I adding to the message of how people think about themselves, and beauty, and the lack of confidence in young girls? I definitely believe it is highly detrimental when it is just glamour photos. It can give a rose-tinted view of life…I know that if I’m in a vulnerable place and I trail through Instagram, I can get myself in a horrible head-space.”

On Thursday (18Oct18), the 26-year-old, who has worked for the likes Armani, Fendi, and Alexander Wang, will be presiding over Save the Children’s Big Up Uganda Auction, along with photographer Felix Cooper.

Among the items up for sale are a customised pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and a makeover by Charlotte Tilbury, who’s just been tapped to work on the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

“Inspired by our visit to Save the Children’s projects in Uganda in 2017, we returned motivated and passionate to make a difference to children’s lives. Every penny you generously donate in this auction will help Save the Children transform children’s lives in Uganda,” Adwoa and Felix wrote on the Big Up Uganda website.

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