At least, that’s what the British Fashion Council seems to think. On Monday evening, Aboah took home the highly coveted Model of the Year award at the 2017 Fashion Awards, presented by Swarovski, beating out fellow nominees Gerber, both Hadids, and Winnie Harlow, for the honor, which celebrates “the global impact of a model, male or female, who over the last 12 months has dominated the industry.”
The fact that the 25-year-old model is the only Brit of the bunch certainly doesn’t hurt, but hometown regardless, Aboah certainly had an outstanding twelve months. This year alone, the model covered Edward Enninful’s first issue as editor-in-chief of British Vogue, appeared in the famed Pirelli calendar, walked countless runway shows, and nabbed advertising campaigns with the likes of Marc Jacobs Beauty, John Hardy, and H&M.
In winning the award, Aboah joins the likes of fellow Brits Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Agyness Deyn, Jourdan Dunn, and Edie Campbell, all of whom have taken home the award. Last year, Gigi Hadid came out on top, making her the first American model to receive the honor. Moments after Aboah’s win was announced, Hadid, who was not present for the London-based ceremony, took to Instagram to post her congratulations, writing, “Congratulations British Fashion Council Model of the Year. One of my favorite faces + souls on the planet. It has been pure joy watching your rise, you deserve every bit of it. Big love, thanks for all the good times & for letting me shoot you for Versus Verace SS’17 ’twas a dream.”
For the big night, Aboah donned a two-toned, metallic minidress by London-based brand Halpern, paired with a matching turban. Also in attendance at the very fashionable event were Selena Gomez, a newly blonde Zendaya, Gerber, Rita Ora, and Karlie Kloss, who also served as host for the evening.
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