Sunday Times


This jet-set­ting model is at home in the world’s fash­ion cap­i­tals, but has a spe­cial place in her heart for Africa

- © In­ter­view by Roz Lewis, The Daily Tele­graph Recreation · Travel · Board Games · Party Games · Hobbies · Accra · Ghana · England · Gold Coast · Burberry Group plc · London · Soho · Brixton · Hawaii · Fun (band) · Mexico · Mexico City · Los Angeles · Louisiana · Las Vegas · New Orleans · New York County, NY · Wellington, New Zealand · Scarlett Johansson · Tokyo · Paris · Manhattan · New York City · York · Brooklyn · Male · Brazil · Uruguay · Ethiopia · Kenya · Tulum · Warsaw · Ghost in the Shell · Milan · Bowery

I LOVE THE CHAOS and en­ergy of Ac­cra, the Ghana­ian cap­i­tal. I re­mem­ber ex­plor­ing its mar­kets and buy­ing some amaz­ing hand­wo­ven bas­kets and fab­rics dur­ing my visit. Ghana has a spe­cial place in my heart be­cause my father was born and raised there be­fore em­i­grat­ing to Eng­land. I’ve driven around the Gold Coast and went to my grandma’s house to spend time with my fam­ily. I also re­cently did a shoot for Burberry in Ac­cra.

LAMU IS VERY OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK and has a re­mote feel, with no cars around. I visit the Kenyan is­land every year around Christ­mas time, stay­ing at my par­ents’ house and go­ing for walks, swim­ming, read­ing and play­ing board games. I’m not a big fan of win­try hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions at the mo­ment.

LON­DON IS MY FAVOURITE CITY in the world and the Lad­broke Grove area, along with Por­to­bello Road, are among my favourite haunts. I love hang­ing around Soho and Brix­ton too.

I DEF­I­NITELY NEED COM­PANY for a per­fect hol­i­day. I love hav­ing a look around lo­cal towns and vil­lages, wher­ever I hap­pen to be, and do­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as swim­ming in the ocean. I’ve done some surf­ing in Hawaii be­fore, too, which was great fun.

But I can en­joy re­lax­ing by the pool just as much.

MY BEST HOL­I­DAY EVER was last sum­mer, when 20 of my friends and I did a tour of Mex­ico. We hired a minibus to drive us around. I went sky­div­ing for the first time and swim­ming with whale sharks, which was in­cred­i­ble.

I’M OB­SESSED WITH MEX­ICO CITY and it’s one of my favourite places. I love the cul­ture, the peo­ple and the tacos, which are fan­tas­tic.

MY FIRST HOL­I­DAY ABROAD was to Tu­lum in Mex­ico, when I was about five or six years old.


PLAN­NING on a road trip from Los An­ge­les to Louisiana a few years ago. I’ve never done a gap year but my sis­ter and I did this in­cred­i­ble two-week trip, stay­ing in var­i­ous mo­tels be­cause we did it all on a bud­get. We ex­plored Las Ve­gas and I re­mem­ber go­ing danc­ing in New Or­leans.

I’M ON A PLANE at least once a week for work. Re­cently I’ve trav­elled to New York, Los An­ge­les and War­saw for Gurls Talk, an on­line open fo­rum I founded for dis­cussing is­sues af­fect­ing young women.


Wellington for the Ghost in the Shell film with Scar­lett Jo­hans­son.

THE MOST MEM­O­RABLE MEALS I’ve ever had were in Tokyo, which I visit a lot for work. I also go to Mi­lan, Paris and New York for the an­nual fash­ion show in each of those cities.

I DON’T DO CLUBS ANY­MORE; I am so over them. I tend to hang out in restau­rants in­stead. Lu­cien, a French bistro in New York, is one of my favourite spots. I also love the Bow­ery in Man­hat­tan. It’s a re­ally fab­u­lous ho­tel with very good ser­vice.


IN NEW YORK and I love all the pos­si­bil­i­ties on of­fer. You can be com­pletely spon­ta­neous, go­ing from danc­ing in Brook­lyn to a bit of karaoke be­fore head­ing to a party at some­one’s house.


RE­LAX­ING PLACES IN THE WORLD. I was re­ally im­pressed when I was there last Easter with my sis­ter, stay­ing at the Coco Bodu Hithi, a lux­ury re­sort in North Malé Atoll. We pam­pered our­selves with amaz­ing food, spa treat­ments and snorkellin­g.

I AL­WAYS TRAVEL BUSI­NESS or first class for work. I’ve been trav­el­ling with Vir­gin for a long time and it’s still my favourite air­line.

I CAN’T LEAVE HOME WITH­OUT my blan­ket, a neck pil­low and an eye mask. On a flight, I aim to get lots of sleep, drink plenty of wa­ter and some­times ap­ply a face mask.

MY BEST TRAVEL AD­VICE IS TO wipe down the seat­ing ar­eas when you’re on a plane. They are full of germs. When I’m stay­ing at a ho­tel I re­move the in­ner lin­ing of pil­lows, as they have not al­ways been clean in my ex­pe­ri­ence.

I’D LOVE TO SEE SOUTH AMER­ICA — ei­ther Brazil or Uruguay — as well as Ethiopia. I re­ally want to go on sa­fari in Kenya too.

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Pic­ture: PURE ISO­LA­TION Lamu Is­land in Kenya, which Ad­woa vis­its every year.
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Pic­ture: TACO POINT Mex­ico City in Mex­ico.
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