Familiarize yourself with the name Philomena Kwao, because the girl is the next plus-size model to watch. With her deep ebony skin, striking features, and full lips, Kwao is a true beauty. And after walking in the Isobel Toledo x Lane Bryant Show, and becoming the newest face of plus-sized label Torrid, Kwao is on the fast track to becoming a major name in the modeling industry—after just two years in the field!

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“When Philomena began modeling for us, we were blown away by her intelligence and passion for helping others…on top of being drop-dead gorgeous. We know real beauty when we see it. And, this is it,” Torrid CEO Lisa Harper told Refinery 29.

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Harper wasn’t lying when she said that Kwao’s beauty is more than skin-deep. Kwao has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s in international health management, and she even founded an organization that aims to make a positive impact on young girls’ lives, according to Refinery 29. When asked about her personal career goals, Kwao told Refinery 29, “Of course, I dream of the ultimate heights of modeling: a Vogue cover, a beauty campaign (Lancôme would be a dream), an international mainstream campaign for a store such as United Colors of Benetton, but ultimately I would like to use my voice to advance healthcare access around the world.” How great is that?

You can learn more about Kwao on her Instagram (10.6 thousand followers strongs), and see her stunning campaign for Torrid on the Torrid website. We wish Kwao all the best in her, likely long, modeling career!

 

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