Hey my name is Angelina Adhel Bol and I am 20 years old. I started modelling at 18 years old not because I had a passion for it but mainly because my friends pushed me and told me I could be a great model, so I went for it. It has been an interesting journey which has had its ups and downs which have built my character and helped me be the best version of myself.
I have worked with amazing people locally and internationally, some of my favourite photographers have been Lyra Aoko (who shot my first ever professional pictures, I adore her), Micheal Macharia, Viviane Sassen and many more. I am also a student of International Relations and Diplomacy, I pursued this career as an effort to help my country (South Sudan) which has experienced decades of civil war and has one of the worst reputations when it comes to human rights. My dad is a pastor, so from an early age I had some morals instilled in me. He opened up a school for orphans and children displaced by the war, followed up by a clinic to serve the whole region. I work closely with him to bring awareness on the issues they are facing and am able to raise more funds to support the children through his ministry, CRM (christian reaching ministry).
Being a model also gives me a platform to talk about pressing issues in society such as racism and inequality which I have personally experienced and so have many other black people in society. It’s a disease which has been embedded deep in society stemming from ignorance on the colour of our skins. The biggest issue for me in the fashion industry is inequality, there is not enough representation of black/coloured models in shows or campaigns compared to our caucasian counterparts. I do appreciate the fact that this has began to change but we are not there yet and more work needs to be done. This is hard work like any other industry; resilience, passion and commitment is the only way to come at the top.