‘I think my role in the industry is just to be unapologetically myself.’ So far, the model and activist has done just that. Having worked with Fendi, Miu Miu and Burberry, while simultaneously launching Gurls Talk, an online community for women to discuss mental health – she is a figure in fashion unlike anyone else. Here, Adwoa gives us a glimpse into her life and the people who have shaped it. Plus, shop her edit of new-season pieces, below. Photography by Bibi Cornejo Borthwick. Styling by Poppy Kain.
I would say my style is quite confused, which is sometimes quite similar to my personality, actually. It’s very emotionally based. Weirdly, when I’m sad it probably gets more colourful, and then when I’m quite neutral, I suppose it can be a bit boring. But it’s cosy at the end of the day. I’ve definitely taken parts [of my style] from both of them – whether it’s my mum’s crisp, white shirts or my dad’s matching tracksuits. They don’t set rules for themselves in terms of how old they are, or the jobs that they do.’ Top: dress and headband, both by Simone Rocha. Above: dress by Balenciaga.
Because I saw myself. It didn’t feel like I’d been changed or made to look a certain way. I really saw myself in it, and that made me feel really happy. I think my role in [the fashion industry] is just to be, like, fucking authentic… to be unapologetically myself. I am myself through and through. And if that can set an example for others on their journey, then I think that that’s as good a message as any.’ Above: dress and top (worn underneath), both by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC.
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.’ Above: dress and hair clip (just seen), both by Gucci.
Where all topics had the ability to be shared. Whether it be periods or boyfriends, or sex, or mental health – anything that I didn’t necessarily think I was told [when I was younger]. I wanted to create a space where we were going to advocate talking about those things. It started as an online platform and now we do events. I think this year we’re going to do a lot more action work – whether that be government-policy change or research-based projects. It really is my favourite thing in the world.’ Above: tank top by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC from Browns, and diamond earring (worn on right ear) by Sophie Bille Brahe.
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