Looking into the soft set eyes of an international idol, no one would expect what lies beneath. One of the most photographed muses of a generation, Adwoa Aboha is more than make-up and a great bone structure; she’s a person willing to share her deepest, darkest secrets for the benefit of today’s teens.
In a candid interview with StyleLikeU, a pioneering Vlog started by mother and daughter duo, Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum, Adwoa stripped bare to tell the world about her personal battle with depression, substance abuse and suicide. A tell-all tale that shocked the fashion industry on a worldwide scale, her 15-minute short tore down the preconceptions of beauty with one simple message: I’m just like you…
To most, the British born and bred model must seem like just another edgy glamazon with the world at her feet, but unlike many front cover candidates, Adwoa is using her global notoriety for change. Getting girls talking, Adowa launched her project, Gurls Talk in 2015, as a platform both in schools and online where girls can challenge the preconceptions of self-perception, body image and mental health.
An inner city maven with effortless cool girl credentials, the London-based model has never been more in demand, juggling a fully charged catwalk roster that saw her take centre stage at Marc Jacobs, Dior and Fendi. Whilst her influence might be growing off the catwalk, her runway presence is still strong.
Working simultaneously in the fashion industry alongside her new role as a female ambassador, she has managed to walk at nearly every important fashion show this year – as well as being named as the new Versus girl. Never one to let her style take second place, whether she’s backstage or back to school, Adwoa showcases a seriously editorial personal style.
The reigning queen of lazy layering, she’s famous for her boyfriend fit hoodies and basics. Working luxury separates with a tropical edge, this three-tier ensemble blends urban essentials with a languorous high design allure. Wearing this khaki longline trench with a Pyjama-inspired silk peignoir is pure genius. Wrapped tightly with the sash or worn loose for an extra trim, this surprising pairing is perfect for those fresh out of bed after parties.
Worn with our classic black silk Hepburn shirt and a leather pleated midi, this outfit is all about contradictory textiles and tactile sophistication. The ideal soft touch essential, our VAUGHAN long sleeved silk shirt pairs beautifully with the hard glamour of this structured skirt.
Styled with these dramatic platform wedges, this runway-ready look may be slightly impractical, but who cares when you can strike a pose like this! Accessorised with XXL hoop earrings and a cute pocket book bag in tow, this outfit is the ideal separates master class for instant mid-season style.
Proving that appearances can be deceptive, Adowa is redefining the idea of an icon. Whether that’s with her chameleon sense of style or her battle with depression, take a leaf out of our girl’s book and fight your fears head on – in effortless style, of course!
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