Three months ago I posted a Facebook archive in order to share all the amazing pieces of art I’m sent by people around the world. I have since updated that album with some amazing new pieces and in the image above you can see 4 of them. The first was inspired by a shoot I did with Greg Kadel, the second is taken from a backstage picture I took at a Rodarte show, the third is my most recent cover of British Elle and the fourth is inspired by my Arthur Elgort shoot for Vogue Nippon.
To see a gallery of all the amazing artwork I’ve been sent over the years, please go HERE.
Sometimes a shoot you did for one magazine will show up again in another magazine, in another country, a month or two later. I guess we models like that because it’s twice the exposure for half the work! Earlier this year I did a big shoot with Elle UK and contributed an article about Iman and Cindy Crawford, and so far I’ve spotted them in Elle UK, Belgium, Norway, Indonesia, Greece, Portugal and another yet unnamed country coming out soon!
BEHIND-THE-SCENES: What more can I say about the August ELLE UK? I’ve talked about my cover, I’ve talked about the editorial… I’ve even mentioned the article I wrote about Cindy Crawford and Iman… but have I told you that James created the official behind the scenes video for Elleuk.com?
Yep, they liked his work on my blog so much they hired him as the official videographer for the 2-day, 20-picture shoot! It was so fun. Have a look at what really goes on…
IMAN CINDY COCO -This month’s Elle UK contains a very special interview I conducted with two modeling icons and personal heroes of mine - Cindy Crawford and Iman.
Earlier this year I had this idea that I would really like to sit down with modeling veterans of various decades to discuss the modeling profession, narrowing down where it has changed and where it has remained the same over the years. After talking to a mutual friend (hairdresser extraordinaire Billy Brasfield) I initially reached out (via twitter!) to Cindy Crawford to see if she was open to talking to me and amazingly she was! Not long after this, at a tea party during Paris Fashion Week, I approached Lorraine Candy (Editor-in-Chief of Elle UK) with the idea of turning this idea into an article for her magazine. She said she would love to see what I could do and so I got to work.
Cindy and Iman were incredibly generous with their time and their insight on this project. They were both extremely candid and open about the highs and the lows of modeling through the decades and through our talks I learnt so much about the heritage of my profession. I won’t share the whole article with you just yet as you can still pick it up in the August Elle UK, but I will tease you with one paragraph (did I mention it’s FOUR pages!?):
I asked Cindy and Iman if they feel the professional model is a dying career path. “It certainly is harder to achieve success as a fashion model today,” Cindy says. “It seems like just being a good model isn’t enough. I tell young models to develop other talents as well.” Iman has a slightly different angle on the issue. “I wouldn’t mind if these A-, B-, C- and D-list ‘celebrities’ only got the covers,” says Iman. “As we all know, covers don’t pay the rent!” The real kicker for Iman is that celebrities are “grabbing the spoils of war of our industry! Those coveted beauty and hair contracts…” She adds, “At least the last sacred ground for a model is the runway. So far…”
So far? I found Iman’s comment funny at first, but then I found myself wondering exactly how long it will be until runways are walked by the Octomoms, Antoine Dodsons and Rebecca Blacks of this world.
ELLE UK - This has to be my absolute favorite shot in the editorial I did for this month’s ELLE UK. I’ve been trying this pose in pictures for a little while now, but up until this month, no photographer had ever picked it for print. Thanks to Matthias Vriens-McGrath, Anna-Marie Curtis and the entire team at Elle for such a memorable editorial!
Here is the first peek at my new cover for Elle UK. This is a very exciting issue for me in many ways and I promise I’ll explain more soon. Right now I have to get from Santiago, Chile, to Paris ;) xoxo Coco.
As I write this blog I’m somewhere over the Atlantic, half way between England and America. I took this little 36 hour excursion to attend the ELLE Style Awards in London last night and I’m so very glad I did, I had an amazing time.
Before I continue I think I should just preface this blog with a little background story:
With the constant influx of new girls into the modeling world and the fickle nature of fashion in general, we models are always worrying about our “position” within the industry. Are we losing favor? Is our demand dropping? There’s no place this is more apparent than on a certain website which shall be left unnamed - on this site they apparently use some formula to rate models careers. I’m not sure how they come to their decisions but a lot of people, fans and professionals alike, will follow their ratings as if it were the fashion equivalent to the Dow Jones Industrial! Needless to say, I was always aware of my “ranking” over the years but then suddenly last year I dropped from their top 10 and completely off their top 50 list causing some of my supporters a little confusion and irritation. My thinking was always"Well, you can’t win them all"
But I can win a few of them ;)
I am very happy to tell you that I’m coming home with a beautiful award for “ELLE’s Model Of The Year 2011”!! This will go up on my mantle, right next to the “Marie Claire Model Of The Year” award I received a few months ago in Paris. How insane is that?! Its astounding to me that two of the worlds biggest magazines have consider me for this title. Who knows, maybe the unnamed website will recalculate my ranking now - Although I secretly hope not, apparently the lower my ranking with them, the more awards I get, hehe.
All jokes aside, I guess the lesson in all of this is not to put too much weight into other peoples opinions. Its lovely to recieve accolades and I’m so flattered that two major magazines are calling me “Model Of The Year” but I know in reality, not everyone feels that way. I also know that one positive opinion of me is no more valid than the opinion of a website who decides that they dont think I rank amongst the top 50 working models.
To be honest - I’m thankful for all the praise and the criticism I receive in my career. Both only make me want to work harder. Speaking of which, its time for this model to get back to work! New York fashion week is almost over ;)
UPDATE: I added all my pictures from the awards last night to my FACEBOOK. Have a look!! (click)
To celebrate 25 years of British ELLE, I was invited to join them in their biggest editorial ever. The inspiration for the shoot was a 1969 Jane Fonda movie called “They Shoot Horses, Don’t they?”. The premise of the film and of the shoot was a depression era dance competition in which couples literally danced until they dropped, sometimes for days on end with little to no sleep.
The Elle team and I set up in a giant warehouse in Brooklyn to reenact this movie. For three days the other models and I pushed ourselves past the point of exhaustion to dance all day, every day in a space that was probably over 100 degrees in temperature. This was method acting at its finest as we were literally living the movie. The shoot was probably one of the most intense I’ve ever experienced, but the pictures that resulted were worth the effort. I was so thankful to have such an amazing group to work with. Anne-Marie Curtis the fashion director at Elle UK was wonderful and a genuinely sweet lady. Billy Brasfield and Rolando Beauchamp were on make-up and hair - both are masters at their craft and also two of the funniest men you’ll ever meet. They managed to keep everyone’s spirits up despite the heat and the exhaustion. I thank my dream-team from the bottom of my heart for making this shoot one I’m sure we will all never forget.