7 Inspirational Quotes From Adwoa Aboah
Last night, Adwoah Aboah scooped the model of the year award at the British fashion awards beating off stiff competition from nominees including Kaia Gerber, Winnie Harlow and sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid. Presented with her award by American singer and activist Erykah Badu, it tops off an outstanding twelve months for the 25-year old, think countless runway shows including Chanel, Miu Miu and Erdem, a Pirelli calendar shoot, advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs beauty and Calvin Klein plus covering Edward Enninful’s first issue as editor-in-chief of BritishVogue. Alongside this, the young Londoner also campaigns for mental health issues and the promotion of diversity in the fashion industry. She has her own online website calledGurls Talk, a platform that aims to encourage young women to speak about about issues they face – whether that be mental health, body image, addiction, sexuality or “just whatever we want”.
Adwoah has spoken openly about her own past personal struggles with mental health and addiction. Having a developed a ketamine addiction in her teenage years, she attempted suicide in 2015 with an overdose at a rehab centre in London. Since then, treatment for depression, bipolar disorder and addiction have helped her find equilibrium. Now she’s on a mission to help young women fulfil their potential and stop them spiralling down a similar pathway.
Here we round up Adwoah’s most inspirational quotes…
On her struggles growing up…
‘To everyone else in the outside world I was doing really well, but inside I was just slowly crumbling. I stopped hanging out with really good friends because they would be the ones to ask me how I was. I’d broken up with the boyfriend I’d had since I was 18. No one knew how bad it was. My go-to protective thing is isolation. It’s turn off the phone, don’t speak to anyone, lie in bed all day and then maybe go out at night and do the same thing over again. That’s how I got through the day, that’s how I got through the week.’
On her own mental health issues…
On shaving her head…
‘It was a kind of a fuck-you to the industry, even if I wasn’t conscious of that at the time. I didn’t warn anyone, I just walked into my agency one day with all my hair shaved off. But they loved it.
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