‘… and none of us have changed.’
Adwoa, Kesewa, Camilla and Charles. The Aboah family on keeping it real.
Interview and photographs by Juergen Teller
Adwoa Aboah is one of the most significant and visible faces in fashion today. She walked in 15 shows during the Autumn/ Winter 2018 season alone, has fronted campaigns from the high-street to high-end (from GAP to Versus Versace), and appears in magazines worldwide. That’s perhaps because it’s her voice, not just her face, that resonates. It’s with refreshing candour that she speaks openly about her struggles with depression and drugs, and she now channels her experiences into her online community Gurls Talk, where she encourages young women to open up.
Adwoa grew up close to fashion. Her mother is photographic agent Camilla Lowther, whose creative agency CLM represents high-profile stylists and photographers such as Katie Grand and Juergen Teller. Her father Charles Aboah owns both a location-scouting company and the technology company, CiMS. While her sister Kesewa is a model and artist, and one of the faces of Miu Miu.
As well as being represented by CLM, Juergen Teller has been a family friend of the Aboahs for many years. Which makes him the perfect person to capture an intimate and tender portrait — in both images and words. So System asked him to pay a visit to the Aboahs’ home in West London, to take some family photos and a trip down memory lane. The results are as candid as the participants, with a refreshing honesty that’s engaging a new generation of fashion fans and the industry to talk about more than just clothes and catwalks.
Read about the family’s love-ins and fall-outs in System issue No. 10. Click to buy.