The refreshingly humble Coco Rocha takes time out to chat spring racing, model mentoring and those “pinch me” moments from her career.
Welcome to Australia, Coco! What is it about Melbourne Cup that you’re most looking forward to?
Thank you! I’m so excited that the VRC invited me to be one of their international style guests. That’s such an honour. For me personally though, as nice as horse racing is, it’s all about the fashion! I’m so looking forward to judging the Myer Fashions on The Field awards and just soaking up the atmosphere.
You’re the queen of the pose: when did you first realise you had this gift?
I’m from Canada, so in order to get a visa for the States, I was sent to work in Taipei, and that’s how they model there. They do these catalogues with 40-70 photos a day where you just have to keep posing. Sometimes at castings, I’d be posing against another model, so I really thought that was how it was done. Then I came to the States and got an exclusive with photographer Steven Meisel and I think he kind of laughed at me for it (laughs). Since then it’s just been my forte, I guess you could say. It’s just what I do now. It’s funny because sometimes I’m just like, “can I just stand here with the rest of the models?”, and they’re like, “no, let’s see you pose!” (laughs).
Model Of The Year Award It’s not just on Zoolander!
Each year all the editors of all the Marie Claire’s around the world get together to vote on their picks for the best of fashion. When they asked me if I wanted to come to the award ceremony I thought I’d be handing out an award, not receiving one!!
I was privileged to be named 2010’s “Model Of The Year” - quite the honor indeed! I just found these pictures of Jean Paul Gaultier and I after the awards were given and I had to post them. Mr. Gaultier won for “Designer Of The Year” and I also happen to be wearing one of his creations.
As a side note: I’d like to know the science involved in picking me for this award. What algorithm did they use to figure it out?? haha
Hello from gorgeous Costa Rica!!! If you’re in north America and you watched TV on Wednesday night you might have figured out the mystery of my Times Square billboard - The billboard was actually part of last weeks Project Runway challenge which was won by Gretchen Jones. As part of her prize I was asked to model her navy jumpsuit to appear on the Marie Claire campaign. So the big secret is now out, which is good, it was getting pretty awkward keeping it - even my Auntie was trying to get the info out of me!!! For more information on the episode click HERE and for a cute little article about the Project Runway preview party I went to last week go HERE.