Adwoa Aboah’s Gurls Talk
Many artists, fashion designers, models, actors and famous people in general have used their platform to promote work and causes very close to their own hearts. At Laundry, we’ve always been an advocate of these people using their advantageous position to bring to the forefront issues that need to be talked about and brought to people’s attention. Whilst some of these people have been criticised for promoting topics that they know nothing about, Adwoa Aboah will certainly not be one of them. There is something most humbling about how this woman is using her platform to create an online community for women who are suffering as she once did.
Adwoa Aboah is a British fashion model and probably one that most of us haven’t heard of, or at least have only just heard about. Her first Vogue cover was only 18 months ago, for Italian Vogue, and she was Edward Enninful’s choice for his first cover as editor-in-chief for British Vogue. Since then, she has become a big face in the fashion world. But for her, this is only part of who she is.
As an activist, she founded Gurls Talk, a community for women suffering with mental health issues, who need a place to go and people to talk to that understand what they are going through. As someone who has suffered mental health illness, she is experienced in what she is talking about. She knows what these women need and she knows and has the means to deliver a platform to help these like minded women. One of her lowest points was actually just a couple of months before her Italian Vogue cover was published, when she attempted suicide.
What’s unique about Gurls Talk is that, although founded by herself, Adwoa also uses the platform to help herself through her own mental health issues. It’s not just something she does for other women, she embraces the community herself. Talking to others with similar issues helps to ease the burden of conditions like bipolar, depression, body image hang ups, sexuality and social media. The idea behind Gurls Talk is that these women can talk openly and not feel embarrassed or ashamed of what they are going through. Everyone has an understanding and empathy for one another. She draws on many of her own experiences to help others through their challenges.
Gurls Talk is all about taking taboo conversations and making them real, breaking down the barriers. And most importantly encouraging others to do the same. What started out as an instagram account in 2015, Girls Talk has grown into something so much bigger, with Adwoa Aboah giving talks in schools and events.