REHEARSAL - A short film by Poppy Gordon & Matt Kliegman

Here’s great little video where I talk about embracing your flaws, my love of dance and my dance role model (and now good friend), Jean Butler. In reality, without her inspiring me to dance I never would have been scouted as a model. 

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER - Interview for Glamour MagI just arrived in Paris to support my dear friend, Jean Paul Gaultier, and so I thought it only appropriate that I post this interview we did together in the latest copy of American Glamour Magazine. Gaultier has given me so many amazing opportunities on his runway; he was the designer who asked me to Irish dance down the runway in 2007, which really put me on the fashion radar. More than that, though, he is one of the kindest, most sincere people you could ever hope to meet. See our interview below:
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Now This Is a Major Fashion Moment
Designer Jean Paul Gaultier interviews Coco Rocha about catfights, male models – and playing for Team Coco. 
In fashion it’s a given that every designer has a muse. For much of the last decade Jean Paul Gaultier, the Parisian designer who created Madonna’s cone bra in the late eighties, has found his inspiration in Canadian model Coco Rocha. Back in 2007 the then 18-year-old Rocha opened and closed Gaultier’s fall show by dancing a Celtic Irish jig down the runway. (Another year she played a mermaid!) The two have been friends ever since. Here, Gaultier and Rocha – who’s a new star judge on Oxygen’s model-competition show The Face, alongside Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova – sit down to talk. 
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: Which was more difficult: coaching the girls for the competition or getting along with Naomi and Karolina? 
COCO ROCHA: I think you know the answer to that. 
JPG: Yes, I can imagine!
CR: When we first started shooting, we were like children on the first day of school. But two days into the show, you could definitely see that there was a competition among Team Naomi, Team Coco, and Team Karolina. We’re all fighting to win. We have three different personalities and our own concept of how a model should model, so you know it’s going to be a good show. 
JPG: From what I saw, it seems like there was a bit of tension between Naomi and Karolina. 
CR: There’s going to be tension in a lot of scenes. 
JPG: Yes, yes yes! Especially with Naomi, she can be sometimes a little excited, no? Did you teach the girls how to Irish dance? 
CR: No, I didn’t get to, but they knew that I could. Everyone always remembers my dancing. 
JPG: I think you should teach male models how to walk. Some guys are very beautiful, but they walk like they’re embarrassed. It’s ridiculous. 
CR: How do you choose a male model for your shows? 
JPG: I want a male model version of you or Naomi or Karolina or Linda [Evangelista]. What makes you special is that you create so many different personalities. It’s boring when the models all walk exactly the same. Don’t you think? 
CR: That’s why all of us like doing your show. You allow us to be whoever we want. These days we’re told to walk straight, don’t move, no emotion, no nothing. I want my team [on The Face] to play characters because it’s far more interesting. I have to say that you’re one of the only designers who likes to talk to his models and ask us about our opinions and what we’re thinking. 
JPG: If there were no models, I couldn’t do my shows. You make my shows real – I love that. 
- Rajni Lucienne Jacques

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER - Interview for Glamour Mag

I just arrived in Paris to support my dear friend, Jean Paul Gaultier, and so I thought it only appropriate that I post this interview we did together in the latest copy of American Glamour Magazine. Gaultier has given me so many amazing opportunities on his runway; he was the designer who asked me to Irish dance down the runway in 2007, which really put me on the fashion radar. More than that, though, he is one of the kindest, most sincere people you could ever hope to meet. See our interview below:

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ARTWALK - 2012

I’m very excited to let you all know that I’m co-host of this year’s Fendi-sponsored NY Coalition for Homeless ARTWALK on November 7th. I’ve supported this cause for a few years now and I’ve seen firsthand how important its work is for New York’s homeless. This year we’re honoring Jack Pierson with Richard Gere and Carey Lowell. Please buy your tickets while you can at COALITIONFORHOMELESS.ORG.

As a side note, last year’s ARTWALK had me dancing this little jig for Alec Baldwin and Richard Gere, who were sitting front row. Who knows what will happen in 2012!

xx
Coco 

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!?!

Tapping for WH|BM - Spring/Summer TV Campaign.

You may have seen me Irish dance before (if you haven’t, go HERE + HERE), but I doubt you’ve seen me tap! Watch my first attempt at tap dancing for White House | Black Market’s spring/summer TV campaign above - it launches on TV today, but you get to see it first right here!

P.S. Yes, I did all my own stunts and still have the bruises to prove it!

JIG FOR ARTWALK - Here’s a video of me Irish dancing at tonight’s ArtWalk event! I told the crowd if I raised $35,000 in my lot I’d dance… and we did!!

P.S Notice Richard Gere and Alec Baldwin front row ;) For more pictures from the event go HERE.

JIG - Online premiere tomorrow night!

A few months back I told you about JIG, The Movie and how watching an advanced copy of it took me back to my early days as an Irish dancer.

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be LIVE on webcam chatting tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6pm EST during and after a special online screening of the movie at constellation.tv/jig. Wanna watch? Wanna chat? You can use the discount code “cocojig” when you purchase your ticket to receive 15% off the ticket price! This is a very special movie and I’m really happy to be able to bring it to my fans before it’s available anywhere else.

Go HERE to purchase your ticket:  http://constellation.tv/jig
See you online tomorrow! xx

COCO + IRISH DANCE + GLEE? - While watching ‘The Glee Project,’ I heard Ryan Murphy, the producer, say he was thinking of doing an Irish dance-inspired episode. Um, music to my ears!!! Can someone please tell him I’m his girl? Huffington Post already spread the word but I need you guys to REBLOG!!In other Irish dance news, tonight I’m going to the New York premier of JIG the movie! Remember the little promo I did last week? Very excited! Go HERE for more info.

COCO + IRISH DANCE + GLEE? - While watching ‘The Glee Project,’ I heard Ryan Murphy, the producer, say he was thinking of doing an Irish dance-inspired episode. Um, music to my ears!!! Can someone please tell him I’m his girl? Huffington Post already spread the word but I need you guys to REBLOG!!

In other Irish dance news, tonight I’m going to the New York premier of JIG the movie! Remember the little promo I did last week? Very excited! Go HERE for more info.

JIG - A few weeks ago I was sent an advance copy of an amazing new documentary called JIG. The film really struck a chord with me because it delves into the fantastic and often bizarre world of Irish dance, a world I came from long before entering into high fashion at 15 years old.

In this little video I talk about my early life as an Irish dancer and my infamous Irish jig down Jean Paul Gaultier’s runway in 2007.

I’m happy to announce that JIG - the film will be released across America on June 17th, 2011!

*Additional filming, editing and production by James Conran with kind assistance and footage from the office of Jean Paul Gaultier.