Yomi Abiola has a soft voice, yet you can hear loud and clear the issues that matter most to her. When she talks about the need for women to encourage and empower one another, about tapping and activating their potential, about being generous and about striking the right balance between work lives and family lives, her words carry considerable weight. The Londoner has gone her own way since she was a teenager. Despite her family’s wishes, she realised her dream of being a model, and her pursuit of this career led to her becoming the first African-British woman to be featured as the face of Maybelline Cosmetics. Abiola’s journey includes stints in New York and Paris, where she studied journalism, as well as held a position as the US correspondent for the Italian Vogue. She founded the Stand Up For Fashion initiative in 2012, which is aimed at promoting responsibility and diversity in the fashion industry. These days, she is active as a media entrepreneur, adviser and women’s advocate. Her digital platform The Fem League is a place for women to share advice and support one another.