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Adwoa Aboah on Having Her Own Barbie, Fighting for Equality and Teaming With Meghan Markle

LONDON — Adwoa Aboah has come into her own, both as a model and activist, with her online platform, Gurls Talk, growing and working toward normalizing topics from mental health to sex and body image. On Friday, she will join the Duchess of Sussex to speak on a panel of female-thought leaders at King’s College London to mark International Women’s Day.
She’s also earned another accolade: To acknowledge the work she’s done to empower young women, and to coincide with International Women’s Day, the makers of Barbie asked the young model to create her very own doll. Aboah said she jumped at the opportunity, seeing it as a chance to create a Barbie that embraced a less conventional beauty ideal, one that could speak to young girls who, just like she did growing up, might feel underrepresented.
“I spent a lot of my childhood yearning to look like someone else because I didn’t see myself represented. It was so detrimental to how I saw myself, so this is for every single girl who doesn’t see herself represented in magazines, films or in cultural content,” said the model, whose mother is British and whose father is Ghanaian. She was speaking during a talk

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