“I just don’t have qualms about looking different”
Model Adwoa Aboah is all for owning your look
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.