Philomena Kwao is a British ‘curve model’ with Models 1, living in New York City. We asked her to #repicturestyle for fashion season.
What does ‘style’ mean to you?
Style to me is a visual representation of one’s personality.
Describe your personal style.
It used to be very colorful, with a lot of African print but I’ve been in New York for a year now and I think the New York style has grown on me … So mostly black, grey or white with sporadic bursts of colour. Orange is my favorite colour to wear.
You will nine times out of ten find me in black skinny jeans, ballet shoes, a leather jacket and a plain t-shirt! I also don’t wear any jewelry.
How important is style to you?
Personally, I don’t put much effort into creating a ‘style’ or following trends. I just wear the pieces I like, the way I like.
Who/what influences your personal style?
If there was a wardrobe I could replicate, it would probably be a fusion of Solange (primarily because of her fusion of African prints and textiles), Kim Kardashian (for her fearless pride in her curves) and Beyoncé (who has the perfect amount of sass!).
I’m also inspired by the rich fusion of colour in the Ghanaian culture.
How has your style evolved over the years?
As I’ve grown, I’ve moved away from trendy pieces and I’m concentrating on building a solid staple wardrobe, with pieces that will last through the fashion fads; more classic pieces.
What blogs do you read?
I absolutely adore Nicolette Mason, Gabi Fresh and Nadia Aboulhosn; three plus size bloggers that make me wish I was more ‘fashionable’. I also read BGKI (Black Girls Killing It) which I love as it features girls I can especially relate to from around the world. Otherwise I seek inspiration from random blogs on Tumblr.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
My number one would have to be Celine. Sleek lines, clean colours and basic but flawless shapes, what more could a girl ask for? Although I don’t wear any jewelry, I also love the glamour and beauty of Balmain. It has just the right mix of sophistication and attitude.
What never goes out of fashion?
Skinny jeans and leather jackets.
Who do you think champions individuality?
I actually can’t name a celebrity who to me champions individuality. But I’m most in awe of the individual style I see when I walk through the streets of London.