“I just don’t have qualms about look­ing dif­fer­ent”

Model Ad­woa Aboah is all for own­ing your look

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour 2017 April -

My in­di­vid­ual ap­proach to beauty I felt awk­ward grow­ing up; I wanted to fit in. Now I strive to not fit in. I just don’t have any qualms about look­ing dif­fer­ent or not be­ing what I thought was this stereo­typ­i­cal beauty. I feel in­se­cure, but I work on em­brac­ing those feel­ings.

My self-es­teem build­ing out­let

I started mod­el­ling at 17, and I only re­ally gave it a go when I was able to find the con­fi­dence. With [my web­site] Gurl­stalk.com, we’re em­pow­er­ing young women to be them­selves.

My take on the ever-evolv­ing beauty stan­dards Grow­ing up, I only saw one type of girl in mag­a­zines. Women come in so many dif­fer­ent shapes, sizes and looks. It’s es­sen­tial that the fash­ion world embrace that. Now I see many girls that re­sem­ble the kind of beauty I em­body. They’re on the cover of mag­a­zines and open­ing fash­ion shows. It’s so im­por­tant for a girl to see some­one who rep­re­sents her.

My lib­er­at­ing beauty mo­ment

When I shaved my head in 2015, I did it for my­self. I’d cut, coloured and straight­ened my hair, worn it nat­u­ral, braided it – al­ways to make it eas­ier for school or for mod­el­ling. I fi­nally said enough! I go to the bar­ber reg­u­larly. I don’t like it too long. It grows back fast, so I get it cut ev­ery two weeks. I use co­conut oil so it doesn’t get too dry.

My beauty re­gret

I used to think it was cool to wear foun­da­tion – all the girls were wear­ing it – but I al­ways got the wrong colour. That mo­ment passed, and I never went back.

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