TOP MODEL SECRETS: COCO ROCHA

COCO ROCHA: ”I’M A GREAT LIP SYNC-ER”

Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha, a.k.a. the queen of posing, talks secret talents and tells us about that one time she feared falling into Anna Wintour’s lap.

There are certain details that will make a model iconic, and Coco Rocha has them all – from the signature walk to the signature ponytail. It’s been 15 years since she was discovered at an Irish dance competition by a persistent scout, who, after some initial resistance from Rocha’s mother, introduced Coco Rocha to the modelling industry.

But it was legendary photographer Steven Meisel who “made” her. After discovering her at a casting call, Meisel offered Rocha six months exclusivity and just like that, the young Canadian beauty was the hottest name in the business. 

Years later, with countless campaigns, covers and shows on her resume, Coco Rocha has certainly earned her ‘super’ prefix. Read on as she shares some of her secrets. 

MY FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER IS… 
”Steven Meisel. He picked me from obscurity and became a mentor to me throughout my career. It was a Cinderella moment. When a new model gets to shoot with Steven, it means the industry is going to take you seriously because he’s serious about you.”

IN MY CAREER, I AM MOST PROUD OVER… 
”Being true to myself and doing it my way.”

MY MOST MEMORABLE SHOOT OR SHOW WAS… 
”I’ll never forget my first cover of Italian Vogue when I was 15. Even for a fashion novice like I was at the time, I knew it was huge. My most memorable show was when Jean Paul Gaultier asked me to open his 2007 show with a full-on Irish jig down his 300-foot runway.  I was terrified I’d fall off the edge of the catwalk into Anna Wintour’s lap!”

I was terrified I’d fall off the edge of the catwalk into Anna Wintour’s lap.


COCO ROCHA
 

THE MUSIC THAT ALWAYS GETS ME GOING AT A SHOOT IS… 
”Major Lazer!”

MY CREATIVE OUTLET IS… 
”My side projects outside of modelling. Last year I created a 1,000-page encyclopaedia of poses called 'Study Of Pose', and last year I launched my own handbag collection with Botkier.”

MY MODEL ICON IS… 
”Cindy Crawford. If you ask anyone who has worked with her, they will tell you she was and is the most professional model. She has always worked very hard and treated modelling like a career, not a lifestyle. I’m also really impressed with how well she navigated the world outside of modelling and how she turned herself into a businesswoman.”

MY BEAUTY SECRET IS… 
”It turns out your mum was right when she told you to take your makeup off before bed, wear sunscreen and drink copious amounts of water!”

I KEEP IN SHAPE BY… 
”Constantly being in competition with myself. At the gym I’m always trying to one-up my last workout.”

FOR A QUICK HAIR FIX, I… 
”Always go for the tight high ponytail. It’s the default-Coco look.”

MY DE-STRESS TRICK IS… 
”A hot shower. You can usually take a moment to think through what exactly is stressing you out and you always feel better when stepping out.”

MY SECRET TALENT IS… 
”I’m a great lip sync-er. Especially when it comes to over-the-top show tunes.”

I SMELL LIKE… 
”My baby Ioni, which is one part sweetest-smell-on-earth and one part sour baby throw up.”

MY FAVOURITE OFF DUTY LOOK IS… 
”Ripped up jeans, a men’s button-down shirt and heels.”

RIGHT NOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH… 
”Kitchens on Pinterest. I’m about to remodel mine and it has become a bit of an obsession.”

MY FAVOURITE HOTEL IS… 
”The one with good Wi-Fi. I can’t tell you how many fancy European hotels have the equivalent to 1998 dial-up internet and it drives me crazy.”

FOR BREAKFAST, I ALWAYS HAVE… 
”Something. I can’t start my day without a coffee and either cereal or a breakfast sandwich.”

FOR A LONG FLIGHT, I ALWAYS PACK… 
”My iPad and some comfy trousers.”

WHEN I HAVE SOME FREE TIME, I…  
”End up getting nothing done. I’m the sort of person who is most productive when I’m busy.”

THE BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… 
”It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice”. 

MY FAVOURITE THING TO SHOP WHEN I AM AWAY IS… 
”I’m a sucker for those technology stores in the airport. I always end up with something I definitely do not need.”

BEING A MODEL, I’VE LEARNT… 
”You can’t please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.”

POST-MODELLING, I WOULD LIKE TO… 
”Learn to live in one place for more than a few days at a time.”

MY FAVOURITE TV SHOW IS… 
”Whatever I’m currently binging on Netflix. I just finished the first season of Halt & Catch Fire, not bad!”

RIGHT NOW, I AM READING… 
”Buzzfeed, far too often.”

MY GOAL IN LIFE IS… 
”To be someone my daughter will look up to.”



ABOUT
COCO ROCHA

DISCOVERED: In 2003, at an Irish dance competition in Vancouver

LIVES IN: New York

FAMILY: In Toronto, Canada

AGENCY: IMG Models

INSTAGRAM: @cocorocha

TWITTER: @cocorocha

WEBSITE: oh-so-coco.tumblr.com

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