Adwoa Aboah talks dark side of social media

By Hailey Young

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EN Fashion Adwoa Aboah views Instagram feeds full of glamorous snaps as “detrimental” to girls.
Since becoming a world-famous model, Londoner Adwoa has dedicated herself to helping young women find their voice.
She set up Gurls Talk, an online community for young women to open up, in 2015, and is often vocal about the dark side of social media.
Calling Instagram “a devil and an angel”, she told the London Evening Standard: “It’s given lots of people all over the world the chance to come together and talk about a variety of things, and it’s given me a platform.
“Then there is that part of my job where I have to post glamorous photos. Am I adding to the message of how people think about themselves, and beauty, and the lack of confidence in young girls? I definitely believe it is highly detrimental when it is just glamour photos. It can give a rose-tinted view of life…I know that if I’m in a vulnerable place and I trail through Instagram, I can get myself in a horrible head-space.”
On Thursday (18Oct18), the 26-year-old, who has worked for the likes Armani, Fendi, and Alexander Wang, will be presiding over Save the Children’s Big Up Uganda Auction, along with photographer Felix Cooper.
Among the items up for sale are a customised pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and a makeover by Charlotte Tilbury, who’s just been tapped to work on the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
“Inspired by our visit to Save the Children’s projects in Uganda in 2017, we returned motivated and passionate to make a difference to children’s lives. Every penny you generously donate in this auction will help Save the Children transform children’s lives in Uganda,” Adwoa and Felix wrote on the Big Up Uganda website.

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