FABIOLA DI VIRGILIO MEETS IN BERLIN DURING BREAD & BUTTER BY ZALANDO 2017 PRESENTATION, ADWOA ABOAH, MODEL, ACTIVIST AND FOUNDER OF GURLS TALK, THE ONLINE PLATFORM THAT HELPS YOUNG WOMEN TO FIND A VIRTUAL SPACE TO PROMOTE EMPOWERMENT, SELF-CARE AND COMMUNITY.
Adwoa, can you tell me something about your project GURLS TALK? How did you started the idea?
Well it has always been an ongoing idea in my mind so that don’t precisely remember when but it started, but it was in my own personal journey. I believe that everything i preached i should also practise it. My space is authentic and i like to give other women the possibility to share and be open about where they are in their life and where they want to be. GURLS TALK is everything i ever needed, it is the comfort and safe place where the no judgement or stigma is allowed, where noting is too taboo to talk about. You don’t have to be a psychologist to talk about mental health, hearing other experiences is the key to learn and understand.
Especially now do you think there a real need to a have a space like this also in fashion?
Oh yes, completely. Fashion, film, music: everything needs to be taken a step forward, doing a little more than putting an image or a song out. Look at the following you have you need to take a sort of responsibility to talk to your audience and create something more meaningful. You know GURLS TALK has worked really well with my modeling career as well i have to say.
Really? Why did you started as a model?
Well, actually i did not want to be a model, but i was coming from that kind of background with my mom and seeing her so independent made me feel i could become an independent woman as well with this job. I started when i was 16 and now i’ve been doing it for quite a while…
Do you have an icon.
Flaws? Me? Yes, a lots! (she laughs). Umm, i’m definitely far too hard to myself.
Listen, which is the worst dress you have been forced to wear?
The worst one? (she laughs) It was a dress i had to wear at the Serpentine party and i felt highly uncomfortable, so grown up and so boring. Honestly i can’t remember the name of the designer. Now i can’t anymore, i really need to feel it a little bit in my skin.
Your typical day.
A working day or a free day?
Free day, of course!
Ok, a free day is … in any case all about routine for me. Early start, emails, phone calls, all morning, dry cleaning. The reality is that i don’t have off days… because free time for me is for GURLS TALK. And then gym, i have a trainer for boxing, going to my agency, dinner at the same restaurant and home. I am a creature of habits!
The theme of Bread & Butter is Bold. Do you recognize yourself in these words?
I think in the word bold i recognize myself. I think not trying to be anyone else is bold.
Do you believe in destiny?
Yes, we talk about this all the time. I believe in destiny but i think we need to have a role, make things happen, the path you are going to take is your own choice. I think that GURLS TALK for example was in my path, i just did not know it at the very beginning.
What’s your favourite moment in fashion?
I’d say probably seeing my italian Vogue cover with Tim Walker. I felt i was getting back into myself. There was a different energy in that work that i haven’t seen for a long time. So that was a very big moment for me. He is such a amazing photographer and he really understood me. He celebrated who i was, he didn’t try to change me. He just took the photos and gave me a voice.
Go back to school. I never finish my master so i’d like to do it. But i don’t know when this is going to happen!
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