Women for Women International's ambassadors play a key role in helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Ambassadors use their platform to raise the voices of the women we serve and shine a light on the issues faced by women in some of the world's most dangerous places.

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Philomena Kwao

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Philomena Kwao

Philomena is an accomplished model, an advocate for maternal health and women's rights, and a fierce role model for positive body image and self-love. 

Born in London to Ghanaian parents, Philomena moved to New York City in 2013 and was quickly named the brand ambassador for Torrid, a major US plus-size retailer. Soon after, Nordstrom, Lane Bryant, and Evans called on her to better represent their clientele. Her infectious smile and unique look have now graced the pages of the New York Times, Essence, Cosmopolitan UK, Pride magazine and Sports Illustrated- becoming one of the first black plus-sized models to do so.

Philomena has many philanthropic interests, but has a special focus on maternal health, women’s rights and diversity in the beauty industry. Working with Women for Women International, Philomena has used her profile to highlight the need for open dialogue and real inclusivity in the movement towards equal rights for women everywhere. In her powerful piece, “Is My Black Not Beautiful,” she emphasized the need for change in the portrayal of beauty, especially in the cosmetics industry, where women of colour, more specifically women of darker skin tones, are often left behind.

This passion and her background in Economics and International Health Management studies led her to find a perfect fit as an Ambassador with Women for Women International. We are so grateful for her support as she shares the stories of the women survivors of war we serve with the world.