A 25-year-old model threatened to unleash a secret weapon on her agency if it refused to release her from her exclusive contract: mom.
Dior catwalker Adwoa Aboah warned in August that her mother “would cause the Lions [Model Management] problems in the fashion industry unless the Lions agreed to release Aboah from her contractual obligations,” according to a new Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
The British-born stunner’s mother is Camilla Lowther, head of the high-profile CLM Agency, which represents leading fashion photographers including Tim Walker and Juergen Teller.
Aboah signed with The Lions Model Management in 2015 when she had “virtual no modeling fees and had been rejected by other modeling agencies in New York,” according to court papers.
Two years later, the budding star booked high profile gigs, such as Dior’s London Fashion Week show, the cover of Vogue alongside Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner in March, and campaigns for Calvin Klein and H&M.
Her three-year contract does not expire until January 2018, but in August, Lowther contacted the Lions to try to make a deal to move Aboah to rival agency, DNA Model Management, the suit says.
Lowther is “a personal friend” of DNA founder David Bonnouvrier, the suit says.
When the Lions agency refused to let their model leave, Bonnouvrier reminded his rival that “Lowther was very powerful in the fashion industry and that unless Aboah was released from her contractural obligations, Lowhter would attempt to harm the Lions business,” according to court papers.
The Lions responded with its own threat: if she leaves, we’ll sue.
And the agency made good on its promise this week after DNA announced that it was representing Aboah.
Lowther, Bonnouvrier and DNA are all defendants. The suit is for unspecified damages.
Reps for the parties did not immediately return calls for comment.
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