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Model Margaux Brooke, who was made famous as a contestant on Coco Rocha’s competition television series “The Face”, let Milk Made follow her around during her very first time as a working model during New York Fashion Week. Here, in her own words, she shares her story exclusively with Milk Made.

GAUX MARGAUX!!

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Model Margaux Brooke, who was made famous as a contestant on Coco Rocha’s competition television series “The Face”, let Milk Made follow her around during her very first time as a working model during New York Fashion Week. Here, in her own words, she shares her story exclusively with Milk Made.

GAUX MARGAUX!!

Life via Instagram (Part Two) - October 26th to 31st

Here’s a continuation of today’s Life via Instagram segment - I couldn’t leave out these photos! 

  1. The NBA season tipped off on 10/29 - Margaux Brooke and I are on board! #TeamCoco #BIGisON http://tinyurl.com/krx6bzz
  2. Wearing Ralph Lauren at a special showing of Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief celebrating The Princess Grace Foundation. Classic movie and a classic lady!
  3. Yep, that’s an all-chrome Rolls Royce on the westside highway. No, I’m not in it, sadly.
  4. Beauty goes digital and underground! Had a fun morning trying out the new L’Oreal Color Experience in the Bryant Park Subway. #bringyourbold
  5. Love this picture of Alec Baldwin and I dancing for joy in WWD! The Artwalk was a huge success, raising over $1mil for the homeless in New York.
  6. Having a flight attendant for a mom meant I was often chilling with the pilot on her flights. One time I fell asleep in the cockpit and woke up panicking that I had pressed buttons in my sleep! #throwbackthursday
Life via Instagram - April 3rd to 8th, 2013
In this installment of “Life Via Instagram" I go back to red andcelebrate at my friend Fiona Byrne’s one year anniversary of The Byrne Notice with Margaux and Zachary Quinto. Also, after presenting a few of the Shorty Awards, I bump into my buddy Carrie Keagan and long lost twinie Alyssa Campanella.
I’m really going to miss Nicola Formichetti at Mugler. I loved his leadership of the brand!
My Team Coco girl Margaux Brooke is going crazy changing up her looks on set today.
Fashion Flashback to Jeremy Scott’s very dirty 2008 runway show for today’s Throwback Thursday!
I’m usually all about fan art, but a taxidermic head is just a liiittle disconcerting.
At Fiona Byrne’s The Byrne Notice 1 year anniversary party with Fiona and Zachary Quinto.
With Margaux Brooke and Zachary Quinto at Fiona Byrne’s The Byrne Notice 1st anniversary. Ps. I’m a red head again!
Found twinie Alyssa Campanella at the Shorty Awards! Now we even have the same hair color!
With my buddy Carrie Keagan.
Presenting at the Shorty Awards! Dress by Zac Posen.

Life via InstagramApril 3rd to 8th, 2013

In this installment of “Life Via Instagram" I go back to red and
celebrate at my friend Fiona Byrne’s one year anniversary of The Byrne Notice with Margaux and Zachary Quinto. Also, after presenting a few of the Shorty Awards, I bump into my buddy Carrie Keagan and long lost twinie Alyssa Campanella.

  1. I’m really going to miss Nicola Formichetti at Mugler. I loved his leadership of the brand!
  2. My Team Coco girl Margaux Brooke is going crazy changing up her looks on set today.
  3. Fashion Flashback to Jeremy Scott’s very dirty 2008 runway show for today’s Throwback Thursday!
  4. I’m usually all about fan art, but a taxidermic head is just a liiittle disconcerting.
  5. At Fiona Byrne’s The Byrne Notice 1 year anniversary party with Fiona and Zachary Quinto.
  6. With Margaux Brooke and Zachary Quinto at Fiona Byrne’s The Byrne Notice 1st anniversary. Ps. I’m a red head again!
  7. Found twinie Alyssa Campanella at the Shorty Awards! Now we even have the same hair color!
  8. With my buddy Carrie Keagan.
  9. Presenting at the Shorty Awards! Dress by Zac Posen.
SPOILER ALERT!! - My The Face finale recap for People MagazineWell, here we are: The final episode of The Face. It seems like just yesterday we had 24 girls and now all of a sudden we’re down to four: Team Karolina’s Devyn, a mother from the Bronx who all three mentors fought for on day one; hardworking and sweet Ebony, also from Team Karolina; Team Naomi’s former Miss Universe China, Zi Lin, who has been one to watch all season; and finally the beautiful Margaux from my Team Coco, a quirky model after my own heart who won me over on the first day with her risky head shot. Together, for better or for worse, we never played it safe as a team and we always strived to think outside the box.The final stretch: The girls are introduced to the Director of Public Relations and the Director of Trend Development at Ulta Beauty, the clients who will ultimately pick one girl to be the face of their brand. Their final test run involves learning about products and interacting with customers at an Ulta beauty store. Team Karolina’s Devyn, who works in retail, and Ebony, a preschool teacher, both seem very comfortable with the customers.
Zi Lin gives it her all and does well despite her language barrier. Naturally a shy girl, Margaux pulls through and is very warm and engaging. When asked what the brushes are made of by a would-be client, she admits that she doesn’t know the answer. I was very happy with her response, as admitting you don’t know something is much better than making something up (which we saw Team Naomi do to their downfall last week).
The girls give it their all: Photographer Dusan Reljin gives the girls one last shoot to help Carrie and Molly of Ulta decide which girl should be The Face.
Margaux is first and needs no time to warm up; as far as modeling and posing go, this girl is a machine and gives Dusan one amazing shot after another. She works with her facial expressions, her angles and even her hands. I could not be more proud of my little protégé.
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By comparison, Ebony (Team Karolina) falters. She is a little slower in finding her groove and seems to be unsure of her angles. Devyn makes up for her teammate’s shortcomings with a great connection to the camera. The clients have no problem choosing a usable shot from her work. Zi Lin is last and, with warning from mentor Naomi to not “do that pageantry thing,” serves model all the way.
It’s evident these four girls are the best in the competition and all deserve their spot in the finale. However, in reviewing the pictures, the client decides that Ebony does not have what it takes to be the face of Ulta and she is sent packing before the final runway show.
This season of The Face opened with the girls watching myself, Naomi and Karolina walk in a Zac Posen show at Lincoln Center, so it only seems right that it closes with the girls actually walking alongside us in another Zac Posen show. All three girls look amazing and we all feel like proud mamas.
And the winner is…Taking into account everything they have seen, the representatives from Ulta decide that The Face will be (drumroll, please) … Devyn! Personally, I believe that any one of the top three girls would have done an amazing job with Ulta, so Carrie and Molly couldn’t have made a bad choice.
Margaux takes the loss in stride. In the modeling world we hear “no” just as often (if not more) as we hear “yes,” and although she didn’t win the Ulta campaign her story does not stop here.
Margaux has since been signed to my agency, Wilhelmina NY, and is being guided by the same amazing agents who have worked with me for the last decade. This last month Margaux was featured in Virgin Mobile’s television spots (airing between commercial breaks of ‘The Face’!) she shot a campaign with Target and, surprise surprise, a Zac Posen for Moda Operandi look book!
All very impressive accomplishments for any model, and I, for one, could not be more excited to continue to watch and mentor Margaux and all my girls as they expand their careers in the months and years to come. You have not seen the last of Team Coco!

SPOILER ALERT!! - My The Face finale recap for People Magazine

Well, here we are: The final episode of The Face.
 It seems like just yesterday we had 24 girls and now all of a sudden we’re down to four: Team Karolina’s Devyn, a mother from the Bronx who all three mentors fought for on day one; hardworking and sweet Ebony, also from Team Karolina; Team Naomi’s former Miss Universe China, Zi Lin, who has been one to watch all season; and finally the beautiful Margaux from my Team Coco, a quirky model after my own heart who won me over on the first day with her risky head shot. Together, for better or for worse, we never played it safe as a team and we always strived to think outside the box.

The final stretch: The girls are introduced to the Director of Public Relations and the Director of Trend Development at Ulta Beauty, the clients who will ultimately pick one girl to be the face of their brand. Their final test run involves learning about products and interacting with customers at an Ulta beauty store. Team Karolina’s Devyn, who works in retail, and Ebony, a preschool teacher, both seem very comfortable with the customers.

Zi Lin gives it her all and does well despite her language barrier. Naturally a shy girl, Margaux pulls through and is very warm and engaging. When asked what the brushes are made of by a would-be client, she admits that she doesn’t know the answer. I was very happy with her response, as admitting you don’t know something is much better than making something up (which we saw Team Naomi do to their downfall last week).

The girls give it their all: Photographer Dusan Reljin gives the girls one last shoot to help Carrie and Molly of Ulta decide which girl should be The Face.

Margaux is first and needs no time to warm up; as far as modeling and posing go, this girl is a machine and gives Dusan one amazing shot after another. She works with her facial expressions, her angles and even her hands. I could not be more proud of my little protégé.

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TEAM COCO SHOOT - Behind the Scenes

With the finale of The Face over and done with I know you’re already missing Team Coco (Hey, I am too!). Here’s a little shoot the girls and I did with Ben Cope of 7AM last month in LA. You might have seen some of the images already in my People Mag blogs

Special thanks to Stephen Steelman of Brigantine Films for documenting the whole experience, and Bob Dixon and Micki Schneider for helping put it all together for Marlee, Margaux, Brittany, Stephanie and myself.

Fashion by: Fausto PuglisiCote-Armour and Versace. Additional styling by Jayne Seward with clothes from Steve Madden, Alternative Apparel and THVM.

Hair & makeup by: Veronica Chu, Anna Branson and Tara Jean Mann.

SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 6 recap for People Magazine
This week’s episode of The Face is all about being a brand ambassador. The most envied campaigns in fashion and beauty nearly all require that the model be able to speak, sometimes extensively, about a product. Learning how to communicate as a brand ambassador is a must.
The challenge is a red carpet press event thrown by a magazine. The clients are journalist William Norwich and iconic model Pat Cleveland, both experts on red carpet etiquette, who will look at how the girls walk and hold themselves in front of press, photographers and fans, as well as they answer questions. Billy and Pat teach the girls how to pose for the cameras in their Guido Maria Kretschmer gowns, and remind them that “to admit when you don’t know something” is the height of intelligence. In other words, no making stuff up.On the red carpet, Ebony (Team Karolina) breezes through a tough question from Wendy “How You Doin’” Williams about her children having different fathers. Devyn tells Wendy that she doesn’t categorize herself as a “black girl model” and Naomi calls her out. “That’s a disgrace!” she says, throwing Devyn off her game and making her think she has lost it for her team.
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Next, Jocelyn (Team Naomi) is upstaged by former pageant queen Zi Lin on the red carpet. Jocelyn refuses to answer a question about her mystery “reality star boyfriend.” Zi Lin is asked the name of her eyeshadow (by Ulta, the brand these girls represent) and instead of admitting she doesn’t know, she starts talking about how her name means purple in Chinese and then says of the eyeshadow “I call it Ulta Special Purple.” Googling that product name does not get you very far.
Team Coco does well. Margaux quickly fires back at a negative comment about her height with the classic example of 5-foot-7 Kate Moss. Although inaudible to anyone else, Naomi thinks she hears Margaux mispronounce the apparently complex and nuanced name ‘Moss’ and calls her out on that. It’s an act both distracting and completely uncalled for considering no one criticized Zi Lin’s pronunciation, ever.
Team Karolina wins and Naomi gives the news to her girls, saying, “We’ve won three challenges, Karolina has won three challenges, and Coco’s won zero.” Although technically correct, my team won the biggest challenge of all: the public vote. Fans of the show gave Team Coco 70% of the popular vote online, leaving just 18% for Naomi and 12% for Karolina. Whatever the outcome of The Face’s challenges, the people have spoken and they loved the way my girls played the game.
Karolina is faced with the difficult task of sending two girls home this week. Apparently Naomi’s name-calling last week made no impact on her as she puts Zi Lin and Margaux, arguably the two strongest girls in the competition, through to the finale. Stephanie leaves with her head held high and says she is walking away as a model and that she never could have said that before.
Of course the show cannot end there. Despite the fact that both of our teams lost, Naomi seems determined to make Team Coco feel like somehow we’re the real losers, saying she’s “yet to be inspired” by us.
Regardless of how the points are divided, I’m very proud of my team. As aspiring spokespeople for Ulta Beauty, none of my girls made up an imaginary brand name like Zi Lin did. “Do not say my girl lied, you better re- check your facts,” says Naomi. I remind her those were the client’s words, but Naomi couldn’t care less and goes off topic telling me “Check your lipstick, before you come and talk to me, because you’re wearing it.” For the record, my purple lipstick was not called “Ulta Special Purple.”
–Coco Rocha

SPOILER ALERT!! - My Episode 6 recap for People Magazine

This week’s episode of The Face is all about being a brand ambassador. The most envied campaigns in fashion and beauty nearly all require that the model be able to speak, sometimes extensively, about a product. Learning how to communicate as a brand ambassador is a must.

The challenge is a red carpet press event thrown by a magazine. The clients are journalist William Norwich and iconic model Pat Cleveland, both experts on red carpet etiquette, who will look at how the girls walk and hold themselves in front of press, photographers and fans, as well as they answer questions. Billy and Pat teach the girls how to pose for the cameras in their Guido Maria Kretschmer gowns, and remind them that “to admit when you don’t know something” is the height of intelligence. In other words, no making stuff up.

On the red carpet, Ebony (Team Karolina) breezes through a tough question from Wendy “How You Doin’” Williams about her children having different fathers. Devyn tells Wendy that she doesn’t categorize herself as a “black girl model” and Naomi calls her out. “That’s a disgrace!” she says, throwing Devyn off her game and making her think she has lost it for her team.

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Life via InstagramFebruary 20th - March 12th

In this installment of "Life Via Instagram" I went from photobombing CBS studios to launching the Mad Men for Banana Republic line in LA to hanging with a couple of my Team Coco girls at Milk Studio's party.

  1. Photobombing CBS. They had no idea I was there! I’m getting pretty good at THIS. 
  2. The beautiful Hilary Rhoda and I grew up together in this industry. Friends for nearly a decade!
  3. #ThrowbackThursday - somehow this doesn’t seem like the safest place to put a child.
  4. #BRMadMen, the Banana Republic X Janie Bryant of Mad Men collaboration, is out NOW at http://say.ly/tHm5gli. Check it out!
  5. I’m ready for my close-up! Wearing a piece from the new Mad Men collection designed by Janie Bryant for Banana Republic
  6. Final #BRMadMen styling adjustments at Banana Republic by the lady of the hour, Janie Bryant
  7. May each step you take be sweet.
  8. At the #MADE4IMPULSE launch with half of Team Coco - Brittany Margaux!
  9. With Team Coco girls Brittany & Margaux at the launch of Milk Studios’ super cool new clothing line for Macy’s!