Adesuwa Aighewi, the half-Nigerian, half-Chinese model, has one of the best Instagram pages, its edgy its a mixture of rock n roll and high fashion.
She was discovered on her college campus in Prince George’s County, Maryland, of all places — Aighewi appeared in editorials for Seventeen and Elle as well as a BCBGeneration campaign shot by David Roemer, (she was cast in “by accident,” after an agent spotted her and booked her on the spot).
Then she took a break to focus on finishing her chemistry degree, before escaping to Los Angeles, where she reawakened her career with an emphasis on commercial modelling work.
Now 24, Aighewi moved to New York full-time this past January and she’s been appreciating a stable stream of work ever since. On the highs and lows of her career, she had a refreshingly blunt perspective: “It’s been bulls–t until this year,” she said, before explaining that she had been formerly signed to an agency that wasn’t representing her the way she wanted. “They had a vision for me and I didn’t like it at all,” she continued. “They wanted me to get breast implants. I wasn’t getting good jobs. It didn’t work out.”
Now signed with One Management, Aighewi recently shot editorials for i-D and Nylon as well a soon-to-be-released ad for Tom Ford.