Their mother is the iconic 90s supermodel Nadja Auermann. Now Cosima and Nick Auermann intend to bring the same kind of uncompromising beauty to the fashion world.
This is Auermann 2.0!
Describe each other in three words:
Nick about Coco: Strong, loyal, funny
Coco about Nick: Loyal, crazy, creative
When was the first time you can recall becoming aware of fashion and/or the fashion industry?
Cosima: I have always been interested in fashion, but I’ve never seen it as a source linked to the industry. Fashion was reflected in my everyday life, by the way that I dressed… I’ve always been a little different from the others and had a lot of fun playing dress up and creating outfits – playing with colors. My best friend and I did indeed also play catwalk… My mom would put books on our heads and teach us how to do it, more out of fun than anything else. The first time that I became aware of the fashion industry was when I was about 10 years old. This was the first and also only time I’ve seen my mother walk a catwalk. She took my brother and me with her to Paris to a Louis Vuitton fashion show. We were allowed backstage and had someone who took care of us. Backstage I met my godmother Naomi [Campbell] for the first time. The whole experience is something that I will never forget; all the people, my mother and Naomi walking, the music etc.
Nick: I don’t think that there was that one thing that made me aware of the fashion industry, as much as that it just always was there. When other children talked about their parents’ jobs it was only my mom’s job, nothing special at that time. Of course, I recall events that showed me more about the fashion industry, that gave me more insights into what is happening behind the scenes, yet it was always already there.
Is there a story that your mother has told about her days as a model that is a favorite or has stayed with you?
Cosima: She told us a lot of stories. I can’t really recall one memory specifically. It’s more a general feeling that evolved from her tellings. Things she had to do, the people that she worked with, the places that she lived in – which also influenced us (me) in my upbringing, especially the first half of my life so far.
What is your best or favorite childhood memory of each other?
Cosima: My brother and I would visit our grandparents annually. There we would do a lot of outside activities and in general, spend a lot of time together. I remember how he and I would lay in bed in the afternoon, we always rebelled like crazy against the afternoon nap… So we would play a lot, and he would tell me the coolest stories, which he spontaneously made up… And in the end, we did fall asleep.
Nick: There was this one time we were in an amusement park with our grandparents. Obviously, I was a tough boy who wasn’t scared of the rollercoasters at all, so I told my sister that we should go on one. I was hoping she’d say no and that I’d be the cool guy who would have went if it wasn’t for his sister. But then she said yes, and I was scared as hell. The ride in front of us got stuck in a loop, therefore it closed for a while until it was fixed. Long story short, we ended up not going on the ride, and up until now I didn’t have to admit how shocked I was, and I could make fun of my sister for not going on the ride as soon as it was fixed, even though I was too scared to go in the first place.
What did you argue about most as kids? What do you argue about now?
Cosima: I believe that we mostly argued about who has to do what. Such as: “but why do I have to clean out the dishwasher, it was my turn yesterday, I do so much more than Nici!” So our biggest arguments/ topics were about avoiding work and getting the other to do it instead.
Nick: My sister is an extremely clean and organised person, she literally broke into my room at night because she couldn’t sleep knowing that the room next to hers is not tidy. I don’t know how it’s possible, but as clean and organised as she is, I am not. Therefore the number one thing we probably always will argue about is organisation and cleaning.
What is a quality or physical feature you think you have inherited from your parents?
Cosima: I inherited the proportions of my body from my mother. Even though I’m 9cm smaller than her, I still have the same body. For my height, my legs are long and I have a thin body structure – long features in general. I have the same hair color as my mom. My face is a mixture of my dad and my mother. I did not get her freckles, I have a spotless face which I believe I inherited from my father. Also the shape of my face, eyebrows, nose, and lips I have inherited from my dad…
Nick: Well, a character trait which I have inherited from my parents would definitely be the whole sarcastic and provocative thing. Physically I think my face is quite similar to my mom’s. There is this photo of my mom by Peter Lindbergh in black and white, where my mother had short hair, I think that picture, in particular, represents the similarity [between us].
Cosima, what is the best thing about Nick? And Nick, what is the best thing about Cosima?
Cosima: Nick has an incredibly good music taste, he always finds new musicians and has a great variety of music. He is a very creative person with a lot of personality. I find it impressive how much he knows about music, the artists and how much he educates himself about a topic when he is really into it.
Nick: The best thing about my sister has to be, without question, her loyalty towards me. I know that whatever it is or whatever happened, I can always count on my sister, she will always be there for me. She has a strong personality and isn’t afraid to defend her opinion and values from whoever might question them, I know that she will always defend and stick up for me no matter who is against me. This gives me confidence and the feeling that I am not alone. This is sadly rare nowadays, which is why I value my sister even more.
Photography – Vitali Gelwich for MODELS.com (assisted by Lukas Wenninger)
Styling – Tim Tobias Zimmermann
Hair & Makeup – Melanie Schöne @ Nina Klein Agency
Casting – Dominik Wimmer
Models – Cosima Auermann and Nick Auermann @ Mint Artist Management