Never afraid to lift the lid on her mental health struggles, Adwoa Aboah is a high fashion model with a cause
There’s no doubting that Adwoa Aboah’s impressive modelling career has given an incredible platform to her feminist activism. The freckle-faced beauty, who has walked for Chanel, Dior, Versace, and starred in Calvin Klein’s SS16 campaign, has become an inspiration for young girls everywhere through her consistent openness about her mental health and the work put out by her online resource Gurls Talk.
London-born Aboah has wasted no time in utilising her huge influence to speak up for those affected by depression and other issues besides. The idea for Gurls Talk, which she founded in 2015, came to her in one of her recovery meetings. Since then, alongside launching a successful website and Instagram page, Aboah has travelled around the country visiting schools and speaking to young women.
Opening up to her mother – CLM agency founder Camilla Lowther – about her experiences of bipolar disorder, addiction and her suicide attempt (as part of a 2017 campaign to destigmatise mental health organised by members of the royal family) remains one of Aboah’s bravest moments to date.
“When you’re that unhappy, it’s scary, it’s dark and horrible. I didn’t know how to tell someone that I was depressed,” she explains in the video. I went to meetings and talked and talked. Now I’m here and I’m happy, and I didn’t know it was going to be something that simple, to talk.”