adidas Originals x Girls Are Awesome Role Models – Nagwa Brown

Girls Are Awesome and adidas Originals have partnered around a top to toe product collection and to increase the representation of women+.

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In an ongoing series we will excitedly be featuring the role models who helped us shoot the campaign for our new collaborative collection with adidas Originals.

The definition of a role model is flexible in energetic size and has a constant shifting quality and meaning to people. The same diverse qualities can be attributed to the role models involved with this shoot. Every single one of them carries a strength and drive for what they do that automatically draws others to them in a magnetic fashion.

We’re proud to present to you a group of people who have helped, inspired, supported and upheld a strong sense of community in each of their respective fields and who have all helped us to diversify our understanding of the word role model. 

Danish basketball player Nagwa Brown is the embodiment of strength and adaptability. Being part of the Nordic wheelchair basketball team “Lowriders” she regularly taps into the energizing properties of sports and how that same energy is transferrable to life in general. By maintaining her own world view rather than adopting that of others, the athlete has helped shape the preconceived notions of what is possible when in a wheelchair and has helped strengthen the statement of determination being everything.

First of all, who would you say is your biggest role model? Someone that inspired you on a deep level?

I would definitely say my mom is my biggest role model, as she is the strongest and the sweetest person I know. She is a single mother who raised 9 children, 4 boys, and 5 girls, and adopted 3 of her sister’s children. None of us have a criminal record, every child has a university degree and all have grown into fine young men and women. She has been there for me every second after my operation. She has been my rock and my comfort, and her love and support has been the fuel that made me do the impossible. 

When did you first realize you were “different” (if that was ever a moment for you)?

Back when I came home from the hospital and my sister wanted to take me out. I suddenly saw how people reacted to me; the way they were staring at me like I was a shattered glass. After that experience, I promised myself not to let others perceptions of me define me, but instead find my own way. And for a long time I had this desire to prove people wrong, to show them that I could do things they didn’t think I could do. My disability has definitely opened my mind to see my true abilities.

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Was there a person that gave you inspiration or a strong idea of womanhood from a young age?

As I said before, my biggest role model is my mother, and I believe the most vital thing she has taught me is what womanhood is all about. It’s the way we carry ourselves, the way we see ourselves and the way we act towards others. It’s not so much about the gender, but how we treat one another. I believe that we are all unique in our own special way, but what makes us different is how WE see ourselves rather than to seek approval elsewhere.  

You know when you’re in a movie and you want to scream at the screen? “Scream at the screen” advice for the next generation of women? 

BE BOLD, BE YOU & BE FREE

Thanks to Nagwa and her go-getter attitude! The products you see are dropping April 22 on our shop and all decent retailers worldwide.

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