On the subject of fashion week street style, when it comes to the most authentic, inspiring looks I often find myself drawn to off-duty models more than anyone else. Not because they are six-feet tall, skinny, and have flawless hair and skin (oh, youth), but rather because they tend to be wearing outfits they’d actually wear in real life. In other words, they’re not necessarily being paid or gifted to wear products from different designers they work with and thus are assembling looks straight from their wardrobes. Bucket hats, platform creepers, tattered denim with chain belts, teeny tiny sunglasses—model style is uniqueness at its finest. You’re more likely to see an off-duty model in a cool vintage T-shirt than the season’s latest arrivals, and to me, that’s inspiring.
My latest model style crush is not new to the pack. Her name is Adwoa Aboah and she’s a British model who has served as the face for big-name brands including Burberry and Versace. She’s known for her colorful, flamboyant style, charming freckled face, and shaved head. Her street style has been included in countless fashion week roundups and beyond all of that, she is also a major force in the women’s movement. Her organization Gurls Talk is “a safe space to share and listen without any judgment or stigma.”
Suffice it to say, Aboah is one to watch. Scroll down for nine spot-on looks from the model and shop our picks to get her imitable style.