Life via Instagram (Part One) - October 17th - 24th

It’s time to do a little catching up! In this installment of Life via Instagram I stop by Teen Vogue #FashionU, The Fashion World of JPG opening, and Giorgio Armani's “One Night Only” couture show in New York. Plus, a bill protecting the rights of underage models was finally passed into law. What a busy week…

  1. My look for the Fifth Annual Norman Mailer Center Benefit Gala. Dress by Zac Posen, diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels.
  2. Backstage at Teen Vogue's #FashionU with Andrew Bevan and Micki Schneider
  3. Had so much fun at #TVFU - thanks to everyone for coming and for all your questions!
  4. Press conference celebrating new legislation protecting child models in New York!
  5. So excited for the opening of The Fashion World of JPG at the Brooklyn Museum. Love Mr. Gaultier!
  6. With the Jean Paul Gaultier dream team at the Brooklyn Museum!
  7. My look for Giorgio Armani’s “One Night Only” event in New York - October 24th, 2013.
  8. At the Armani #onenightonlynyc exhibit and couture show. This dress was made for me for a Vogue Met Gala editorial!
  9. More from Armani’s #onenightonlynyc couture show.

Coco Rocha Has Opinions on Modeling, Social Media, and Photoshop—and You Should Hear Them - It’s almost unfair for supermodels to be this cool.by Marianne Dabir for Teen Vogue 
Although Coco Rocha is a supermodel first and foremost, she’s also become ubiquitous both in and out of the fashion industry thanks to her outgoing personality, social media smarts, and yes, that famous face. Just days before she helped change New York labor laws to protect underage models, she spoke with Teen Vogue Fashion U students about her early start as a model, how she keeps it real, and the motivation behind her buzzed-about haircut. Read on for some of the best bits of her seminar, and check back tomorrow for more Fashion U highlights.Like many young models, she struggled to maintain her own sense of self when she first started out."I wish I could go back in time and tell the 15-year-old Coco that she was allowed to say ‘no,’" she says. "But when you’re working with major industry moguls who say they can make or break your career, it’s extremely nerve-wracking to go against what they want." But over time, Coco learned that staying true to herself was important—and she didn’t have to sacrifice her career to do so.Social media has given Coco—and many other models—a voice."Back when I started 10 years ago, you couldn’t really tell one girl from the other," she says. "We all looked alike, and therefore we were very replaceable." Not so much anymore. "These days, even the new girl on the block has a Twitter, Instagram, and a blog, and if she’s being mistreated she can write about it.” When Coco started her own blog a few years ago, she was one of the first models on the social media scene—and it wasn’t always well-received. “Someone in the industry once told me that I wasn’t supposed to be speaking out that much,” she remembers. “And I remember feeling really excited, because obviously I was on to something.”
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And now she’s a bonafide social media star.
"My biggest tip is to make sure whatever you put out there is worthwhile," she points out. "On Instagram, I don’t want to see your toes, tongue, or food." Her major social following—over half a million on Instagram alone—comes from making each post is special. "People tend to just to take a photo, add a filter, and be done with it, but that’s not how you get the likes and the followers," she says. "For me, one ‘gram is a half-hour process!"When it comes to her beauty regimen, she does things her own way.The model recently underwent a major hair overhaul, chopping off her long locks in favor of a chic, short undercut. “It was a little daunting to change my look so much, because people in the industry tend to think that ‘reinventing’ yourself means your career isn’t doing well,” she explains. “But my hair was so dead from all the dyeing and heat styling—I just needed a haircut!” And she’s equally honest about how she maintains her flawless face, admitting that she’s “the worst” about taking care of her skin. “I get freckles, pimples, and bags under my eyes.” But how does it always look so perfect? “Photoshop!” she laughs.Above all, it’s important to be realistic about the industry—and to be humble, too."We have to realize that fashion is a bit of a fairytale," she says. "Sometimes I’ll see myself in a picture and think, ‘Whoa! I wish I looked like that! Truthfully, the photos we produce are often not the real thing." And what about the idea that getting ahead means being a major diva? "That’s a huge misconception—in order to succeed, you absolutely cannot make people feel like they’re worthless," she says. "I try to remember that it’s nice to be important but more important to be nice—that belief has served me very well, and helped me stay grounded."Photo: Spencer Wolhrab

Coco Rocha Has Opinions on Modeling, Social Media, and Photoshop—and You Should Hear Them - It’s almost unfair for supermodels to be this cool.

by Marianne Dabir for Teen Vogue 

Although Coco Rocha is a supermodel first and foremost, she’s also become ubiquitous both in and out of the fashion industry thanks to her outgoing personality, social media smarts, and yes, that famous face. Just days before she helped change New York labor laws to protect underage models, she spoke with Teen Vogue Fashion U students about her early start as a model, how she keeps it real, and the motivation behind her buzzed-about haircut. Read on for some of the best bits of her seminar, and check back tomorrow for more Fashion U highlights.

Like many young models, she struggled to maintain her own sense of self when she first started out.

"I wish I could go back in time and tell the 15-year-old Coco that she was allowed to say ‘no,’" she says. "But when you’re working with major industry moguls who say they can make or break your career, it’s extremely nerve-wracking to go against what they want." But over time, Coco learned that staying true to herself was important—and she didn’t have to sacrifice her career to do so.

Social media has given Coco—and many other models—a voice.

"Back when I started 10 years ago, you couldn’t really tell one girl from the other," she says. "We all looked alike, and therefore we were very replaceable." Not so much anymore. "These days, even the new girl on the block has a Twitter, Instagram, and a blog, and if she’s being mistreated she can write about it.” When Coco started her own blog a few years ago, she was one of the first models on the social media scene—and it wasn’t always well-received. “Someone in the industry once told me that I wasn’t supposed to be speaking out that much,” she remembers. “And I remember feeling really excited, because obviously I was on to something.”

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Teen Vogue's Breakfast With Bevan (Part 2)

Here’s a little follow-up to the “Breakfast With Bevan” video I posted earlier. If you have ever wanted to hear Andrew Bevan’s singing voice or see me lip synch the ABCs, here’s your chance… 

Teen Vogue's Breakfast With Bevan 

I had the lovely opportunity of sitting down for a meal at the Standard with my friend (and features director of Teen VogueAndrew Bevan. Check out  my interview and, while you’re at it, make sure to keep up with “Breakfast With Bevan" on the Teen Vogue YouTube channel. You’ll be obsessed, I promise! Xx

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Learn from the industry insiders making it happen at Fashion University! You’ll hear from models (Hey, Coco Rocha!), designers (Christian Siriano, Thakoon, and Nanette Lepore) and top tastemakers (Alexa Chung? Check!), along with Teen Vogue’s amazing editors. Come join us in NYC! » 
Whose seminar are you signing up for first?

teenvogue:

Learn from the industry insiders making it happen at Fashion University! 

You’ll hear from models (Hey, Coco Rocha!), designers (Christian Siriano, Thakoon, and Nanette Lepore) and top tastemakers (Alexa Chung? Check!), along with Teen Vogue’s amazing editors. 

Come join us in NYC! » 

Whose seminar are you signing up for first?

Teen Vogue - On The AirMarch 2013In this month’s Teen Vogue, my good friend Andrew Bevan asked me my thoughts on modeling, television and being accessible.

"I’ve always treated modeling like a job, not a lifestyle," explains my pal Coco Rocha.  "You can’t rest on your laurels: a model is really only as good and relevant as her most recent editorial or campaign."  That philosophy has kept this tour de force going strong for nearly a decade in a business where a typical career span is only a few years.  This spring she continues to strike while the iron is hot, starring in Oxygen’s new model-competition show The Face, alongside fellow supers Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova.     So will Coco’s sage advice to her proteges land them on top?  ”I told my girls that above all else, staying true to their values is worth more than any one job.  I say no to more jobs than I say yes.  If you don’t want to wear fur or go nude, you shouldn’t” she says.  ”You can’t please, nor are you right for, everyone.  I’ve had clients tell me I’m too fat and others tell me I’m too thin the very next day.”  Coco also stresses the importance of being accessible to fans despite past naysayers.  ”Some told me I was making myself too open and that models should be untouchable,” she says of her twelve social-media platforms that spawned from a simple online diary she kept for friends and family.  ”It’s been rewarding to blaze the trail for a new generation of models.  I love that we don’t just have to be mute pretty faces anymore.”  
To read more go buy your copy today!

Teen Vogue - On The Air
March 2013

In this month’s Teen Vogue, my good friend Andrew Bevan asked me my thoughts on modeling, television and being accessible.

"I’ve always treated modeling like a job, not a lifestyle," explains my pal Coco Rocha.  "You can’t rest on your laurels: a model is really only as good and relevant as her most recent editorial or campaign."  That philosophy has kept this tour de force going strong for nearly a decade in a business where a typical career span is only a few years.  This spring she continues to strike while the iron is hot, starring in Oxygen’s new model-competition show The Face, alongside fellow supers Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova.

     So will Coco’s sage advice to her proteges land them on top?  ”I told my girls that above all else, staying true to their values is worth more than any one job.  I say no to more jobs than I say yes.  If you don’t want to wear fur or go nude, you shouldn’t” she says.  ”You can’t please, nor are you right for, everyone.  I’ve had clients tell me I’m too fat and others tell me I’m too thin the very next day.”  Coco also stresses the importance of being accessible to fans despite past naysayers.  ”Some told me I was making myself too open and that models should be untouchable,” she says of her twelve social-media platforms that spawned from a simple online diary she kept for friends and family.  ”It’s been rewarding to blaze the trail for a new generation of models.  I love that we don’t just have to be mute pretty faces anymore.”  

To read more go buy your copy today!

Bergdorf Goodman’s 111th Gala - October 18th, 2012.

  1. Back home from Hong Kong and fixing my lipstick for Bergdorf’s 111th anniversary bash! No rest for me today!
  2. Having a drink at the Plaza Hotel, waiting for the event to begin.
  3. With my extraordinarily handsome escort to Bergdorf’s 111th anniversary gala, Mr. Zac Posen.
  4. On the red carpet in my Zac Posen gown with my David Webb clutch.
  5. Hilary Rhoda and I working our angles.
  6. Found my friend Jay Manuel,  who is quite literally in head-to-toe silver. I like the new do! 
  7. Teen Vogue editor Andrew Bevan and his date Laura Love eating Zac Posen's tie. It made sense at the time, I think.
  8. With my agent and dear friend Micki Schneider at the event.
  9. Detail shot of the gorgeous David Webb clutch Zac Posen loaned me on Thursday night. He only told me halfway through the evening it was actually SOLID GOLD!!

COCO’S INSTAGRAMS - March 18th to April 9th, 2012.

  1. “Don’t cry for me Argentinaaaa!” About to watch EVITA with my buddy Andrew Bevan (Teen Vogue). Ricky Martin is in it - so excited!!
  2. How cute is this group of Irish dancers doing their best Coco Rocha?! Makes me miss the good old days!
  3. Behind-the-scenes shot for The Room: http://youtu.be/nIiHz-scfrA
  4. With my girl Heidi Klum on the set of last week’s Germany’s Next Top Model.
  5. I’m at an antique store in upstate New York. Sir, do Karlie Kloss & Hillary Rhoda come with the frames?
  6. Leaving Canada via Porter Airlines on a little island facing downtown Toronto.
  7. Behind-the-scenes of yesterday’s Canada’s Best Beauty Talent wearing an amazing Zac Posen skirt. Loved this look!
  8. You know what’s cooler than a million dollars? Facebook buying Instagram for a billion! Congrats to Instagram’s dozen or so employees!
  9. Loving this Zac Posen Barbie doll. Wait, is that me!?!
TEEN VOGUE - May 2011 issueThank you to Teen Vogue who joins this month’s Flare magazine in covering the trip to Haiti Behati and I recently made. Stay tuned to this blog for my diary of the entire experience (For Canada, it’s available in the pages of Flare right now) and for a very special short film my husband and I are producing.

TEEN VOGUE - May 2011 issue

Thank you to Teen Vogue who joins this month’s Flare magazine in covering the trip to Haiti Behati and I recently made. Stay tuned to this blog for my diary of the entire experience (For Canada, it’s available in the pages of Flare right now) and for a very special short film my husband and I are producing.