Aweng Ade-Chuol was born in a Kenyan refugee camp. As a child she immigrated with her family to Australia, where she was scouted by a modeling agency. Today, at age 22, she is a world-famous model who advocates for mental health and equality – especially for refugee girls.
I was raised by a soldier and my father was in the army ever since I could remember, since I was born. His whole life was spent on the battlefield. And until his last few years of life, I never really sat down and asked, like “How do you feel?” you know, like, and requested to really go into his mind and where his wellbeing was at.
We reached her at her home in London to speak with her about her memories as a refugee and the importance of mental health care for girls who have lived in conflict zones as she did. She also shares highlights from her modeling career, including her experience in Beyonce’s new film, Black is King.
This episode was produced by Laura Ubaté, edited by Martina Castro, mixed by Martine Chaussard, and mastered by Laurent Apffel. Our team includes lead producer Caro Rolando, editor David Alandete and production manager Luis Gil.