Being a plus-size model in an industry that prefers skinny ladies is a difficult one, but that fact hasn’t deterred Ghanaian Nana Serwaa Adu-Boateng (pictured) from pursuing her passion.
“It’s quite difficult being a plus-size model, because most designers work with sample size models. I think it’s because our modelling industry here in Ghana hasn’t ‘expanded’ itself enough to fully embrace diversity,” Adu-Boateng says.
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“It can be very disappointing, but you have to love [modeling] to really keep going.”
Inspired by Ghanaian plus-sized model Philomena Kwao (pictured above), Ashley Graham, Robyn Lawley, and Ajak Deng, Adu-Boateng started modeling in 2012 for Benjamin Annang of Occasions photography.
And she hasn’t looked back since.
In fact, Adu-Boateng was a part of Coca Cola’s advertising campaign during the 2014 World Cup, and Sierra Leone’s Telco, Smart Mobile.
On the runway, Adu-Boateng has had a number of fashion events, including Expressions of Accra (2012) organized by Citi FM, a Charity Fashion Show organized by Miss Malaika (2011), Retro Fab Fashion Show (2013), and Trash Talk (2013) by Vintage Ghana.
She’s also modeled for Ghanaian designers Sarah Christian, JustGlay, FannyAnn Creations, and clothing label Oplus Mavazi.
A degree holder in Human Resource Management and law, Adu-Boateng is studying to become a lawyer in the very near future.
Watch Adu-Boateng at the RetroFab fashion show in Accra here: