In conversation with Jeremiah Berko Fordjour
We had a pleasure speaking with top model Jeremiah Berko
Tell our readers who you are in your own words.
Every time I get asked this question I take ages to respond because I end up contemplating about what makes me distinctively myself. I am a ghanian boy that was born and raised in italy by my two ghanian parents and that has now been living in london for 5 years. I value open mindedness, I think there is always so much to learn and that you should take advantage of all opportunities that knock on your door. I live by high standards especially on myself even though Im really not too tough on myself and barely find myself bothered by anything. I also trust my intuition ,which got me where I am today.
What is your first memory of fashion?
I have never really been into fashion before becoming a model so I dont really have a first memory. Being behind the scenes now makes me appreciate this world
Among all the shows you walked, which one embodies your personality the most?
I would say Dior, the clothing and especially the sountrack choices are on point
What gives you confidence?
What gives me confidence is knowing that no one thinks about you as much as you do; so why ever worry and allow that to stop you from growing?
What is the most daring thing you did and tell us something that is not on your resume?
Don’t think i want to say specifically what but me and my elementary friends were really naughty in school. Something that is not on my resume is that I take psychology classes
What is your personal motto?
“We never really change, we become more of who we really are”
What are your upcoming projects for this year?
Evolve as a human more and more and also work-out more.
Why modeling? What inspired you to embark on a career in fashion?
I always say that it was modelling that chose me because I was scouted, but I like to think that in one way or another i was meant to find myself in this industry. I like to identify myself with the character that the designer and stylist are trying to transmit to the people, that’s what inspires me
With work you have traveled a lot. What are some of the favourite places you have seen and been to so far and why?
Tangier in Morocco has to be one of the best experiences I’ve had so far. Shooting with local models and in the streets of Chefchaouen made me feel really grateful of being able to do this job and have these kind of experiences.
What is your biggest outtake from last year?
A lot of people found themselves facing their own lives and personal struggles during the first lockdown which reminded me how important it is to know how to spend time alone and take care of your mental health because you’re the only person you’re going to have to deal with every day in your life at the end of the day
What are your thoughts on sustainability in fashion?
I believe that there is a risk that nowadays some brands might use sustainability as a greenwash, however this is an issue that is real that needs to be looked at. Fast fashion is an example of antagonists of sustainability; but there is a whole industry around it so there’s so much to do to solve this. I think however that the willingness to change is present and im positive.
Photographer: Branislav Simoncik at @artsphereparis @branislavsimoncik
Stylist and fashion director: Gabriella Norberg @gabriella.norberg
Talent: Jeremiah Berko Fordjour at The Troopers wearing @louisvuitton by @virgilabloh @jeremiahberko@thetroopers_
Hair: Jacob Kajrup at Calliste @jacobkajruphair @callisteagency
Make-up: Lloyd Simmonds @lloydsimmondsmakeup
Set designer: Felix Gesnouin at WSM @felixgesnouin
EIC / Casting director: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja
Fashion assistant: Tea Lindström
Casting assistant: Daniel Estévez @vxeast