Model Adesuwa Aighewi takes on this spring's most fanciful looks.

By Alison Syrett Cleary
Feb 08, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Marc Jacobs jacket. Current/Elliott tank top. Re/Done x Levis jeans. Earrings: Saskia Diez (top) and Winden. Moynat handbag. Hermès shoes. Photo by Jason Kibbler/ART

Adesuwa Aighewi has started 2019 on a high note. “Everything I ever hoped to do in this industry, I’ve accomplished over the last year,” muses the New York-based model. Born in Minnesota to a Nigerian father and a Chinese-Thai mother, her recent hits include campaigns with Versus Versace, Alexander Wang, and, to her surprise and delight, Chanel.

LEFT: All clothing and accessories, Marc Jacobs. RIGHT: Marc Jacobs jacket (shop similar here). Current/Elliott tank top. Re/Done x Levis jeans. Earrings: Saskia Diez (top) and Winden. Moynat handbag (shop similar here). Hermès shoes.

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART. 

LEFT: All clothing and accessories, Alexander McQueen. RIGHT: Brock Collection sweater (shop similar here). Alexander McQueen pants (shop similar here). Sophie Buhai earrings. Moynat handbag (shop similar here). Y-3 sneakers.

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART.

“I have tattoos and dreads, so I never saw myself as their type,” she says on the phone from an emergency salon trip (she’s having sand removed from her hair after a visit to Mexico). “But I watched this documentary about Coco Chanel, and she was this super-fire, powerful woman.”

LEFT: All clothing and accessories, Moschino Couture. RIGHT: Sies Marjan blazer. Moschino Couture sweatshirt (shop similar here). Equipment trousers. Earrings: Saskia Diez (top) and Oscar de la Renta. Sergio Rossi shoes (shop similar here).

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART.

LEFT: All clothing and accessories, Prada. RIGHT: Max Mara blazer (shop similar here) and pants (shop similar here). Prada top (shop similar here) and belt. Saskia Diez ear cuff. Tabitha Simmons shoes (shop similar here).

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART.

One could use the same words to describe Aighewi, who has been capitalizing on her breakout moment to spotlight issues she cares about through video projects (a recent one explores Muslim beauty) and a soon-to-début children’s book she wrote (about a lost boy journeying home).

LEFT: All clothing and accessories, Givenchy. RIGHT: Sandro trenchcoat (shop similar here). Polo Ralph Lauren shirt. Givenchy pants (shop similar here). Moynat handbag (shop similar here). Chopard watch. Gucci shoes (shop similar here).

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART.

LEFT: All clothing and accessories, Gucci. RIGHT: Re/Done jacket (shop similar here). Gucci dress (shop similar here). The Row top. Tod’s handbag (shop similar here). DSquared2 pumps (shop similar here).

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART.

“I want to bridge the worlds of politics and fashion. It’s like Inception: You think you’re looking at a pretty image, but the joke’s on you. I just taught you something new!”

LEFT: All Chanel. RIGHT: Chanel jacket, belt, bag, and watch (on left wrist). Current/ Elliott T-shirt. Sportmax shorts (shop similar here). Saskia Diez ear cuff. Alighieri necklace (shop similar here). Sophie Buhai bracelet. Jimmy Choo shoes.

Photographed by Jason Kibbler/ART.

Photographed by Jason Kibbler. Styled by Julia Von Boehm. Hair: Kevin Ryan for Art + Commerce. Makeup: Ralph Siciliano for The Wall Group. Manicure: Casey Herman for The Wall Group.

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