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Model & Fashion Activist: Yomi Abiola

Nationality: Unknown

Ethnicity: African

 Yomi Abiola is a graduate of both Columbia School of Journalism (New York) and Sciences-Po Paris, France.

She speaks Italian, French and English.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Super model Yomi Abiola was the first African face of Maybelline and has graced the pages of magazines like Elle and Vogue Italy. But she soon became aware of the lack of diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry. Today she runs the initiative for social change – Stand Up For Fashion.

Yomi Abiola started modelling as a way to get acceptance and validation. But in the fashion industry, being a black model proved to be a tough endeavor. After being rejected, stereotyped and caricatured several times just based on the color of her skin, she knew it was time to elevate herself. In this touching talk, Yomi tells us about her experiences as a model and why she started a platform that strives for social responsibility and inclusion in the world of fashion.


on Yomi’s  Instagram below

Yomi shares her philosophies and experience internationally. She has presented at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia University.


Mic’s Senior Editor Liz Plank stalks the catwalks to see: has fashion really gotten any more diverse?


Yomi Abiola (founder of Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF) and a contributing editor to Vogue Italia) and Sandra Appiah (co-founder of Face2face Africa) discuss the development of African fashion at the 2013 Harvard African Development Conference.



Yomi Abiola – Stand up for Fashion


Vacationing in Sardinia 

Sardinia, Italy – Lonely Planet

Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region of Italy, which goes by the official name of Regione Autonoma della Sardegna / Regione Autònoma de Sardigna.

About — Yomi Abiola

Yomi Abiola | LinkedIn

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