TIME Next Generation Leaders: Adwoa Aboah Is Redefining Traditional Beauty Standards


Today, TIME reveals its list of Next Generation Leaders, 10 trailblazers who are breaking molds, taking risks and using their positions of influence to create change.

This year’s list includes fashion model Adwoa Aboah. TIME editors write: “With her shaved head, freckles and jeweled tooth, Adwoa Aboah doesn’t look like most of the supermodels who came before her. And yet since her November debut on the cover of British Vogue (the first issue under the publication’s first black editor, Edward Enninful), Aboah, 25, has assembled a list of accomplishments that places her firmly in their ranks. She has fronted campaigns for major brands, such as Chanel, Burberry and Revlon. She has won awards, including the British Fashion Council’s highly coveted Model of the Year (a designation previously given to Kate Moss, among others). And in May, she appeared at the Met Gala alongside icons like Donatella Versace and Cindy Crawford. Growing up in London, Aboah, whose father is Ghanian, says she thought the fashion industry ‘had no room’ for girls like her. Now she’s redefining what’s in vogue. ‘I put so many limitations on myself,’ she says. ‘Now I set absolutely no boundaries.'”

Read about Adwoa Aboah and watch an interview with her here: Time.com

To see the full list of Next Generation Leaders visit: Time.com

— Ariana Grande: Singer, U.S.

— The Weeknd: Musician, Canada

— Adwoa Aboah: Fashion Model, U.K.

— Kevin Kühnert: Politician, Germany

— Hou Yifan: Chess Player, China