International model, activist to give presentation Oct. 30

October 28, 2014 | Events, UToday
By Aimee Portala

Yomi Abiola, a Nigerian model, will give a presentation titled “Beauty and Body Image — Cultivating the Whole Person” as part of The University of Toledo Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women’s Lecture and Film Series.



The free, public event will take place Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Doermann Theater.

Abiola is the founder of Stand Up for Fashion (STUFF), a global platform that promotes corporate social responsibility within the fashion industry. STUFF offers educational programs and consultation services, with plans to work with major industry figures to adopt a course of action for improving the fashion world’s impact and image.

A model, journalist and activist, Abiola was the first African face for Maybelline cosmetics. She has appeared in Vogue Italia, British Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism and the Paris Institute of Political Science.

Abiola believes that the fashion industry’s global scope positions it perfectly to find and promote solutions to problems like fair pay, workplace safety, women’s health, diversity and environmental sustainability.

For more information about the lecture, contact Emily Kizer at 419.530.7232 or

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