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Forget Kendall & Pepsi, these models are real activists

Flare logo Flare 2017-05-19 Ishani Nath

Shivani Persad Interview: Photo of indo-Canadian model Shivani Persad in dark blue pants and a white top, taking a wide step with the wind making her clothes billow: (Photo courtesy of Spot 6 Management/ David Moo King) © Used with permission of / © Rogers Media Inc. 2017. (Photo courtesy of Spot 6 Management/ David Moo King)

As Torontonians enjoyed their first taste of spring weather on May 13, hundreds of women (and a few men) sat indoors, listening intently to the words of internationally renowned model Adwoa Aboah.

Aboah was one of three outstanding women on a panel at the Women Inspiring Passion and Purpose (W.I.P.P) summit, but she wasn’t just there to talk about her success in fashion—she also opened up about why she uses modelling as a platform for causes she cares about deeply. Her Gurls Talk video series with i-D, for example, aims to get women more broadly discussing mental health, body image and sexuality—issues that Aboah has struggled with personally, too.

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Aboah told the crowd that she felt as she gains greater success in the modelling industry so too comes the sense of greater responsibility to invoke change. Shivani Persad, a Canadian model who was in the audience that day, agrees.

“If you have a far reach or such a wide platform, I think you’re really doing a disservice by not standing up for something and not speaking on issues that you’re passionate about,” says Persad, who has amassed more than 11,300 followers on Instagram.

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