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Model of the Week: Coco Rocha

I've likened model Coco Rocha to a turtle, watched her get illustrated, and listened when she spoke up at the CFDA model health discussion. It was only a matter of time until I got to chat with her about the ongoings of her busy career as one of today's It models.

For those who aren't familiar with Coco, she was born in Toronto, Canada on September 10, 1988. Not only is she a world-famous model, she's also a professional Canadian Irish dancer. She's even melded her two careers by dancing down Jean Paul Gaultier's Fall '07 runway. Apparently, Coco isn't her birth name, but rather taken from a French term of endearment, "mon petit coco," translated "my little sweetheart." Aw!


Be sure to hear what beauty advice Coco has to give, too.

We really admire you working towards the model health issue with the CFDA. What's your take on the progress of the issue?

It is on the right path. Since the speech I’ve heard nothing but good things on how people are looking for change.

To read the rest of our interview and to see a gallery of Coco,

Congrats on landing Phi¹s first ad campaign! How did that come about and are there any interesting behind the scenes stories you can share?

It was lots of fun, especially working for the first time with Karen Elson, a fellow pale model. We were comparing who was farer!

If your house was burning down and you could only save one clothing item, what would it be and why?

It wouldn’t be clothing but my new puppy, PeekABoo!

What is one destination you still need a stamp for on your passport?

The North Pole.

Who are your favorite designers and why?

Rag & Bone, [Jean Paul] Gaultier, YSL.

What are three words that describe your personal style?

Fun, feminine, diverse.

What upcoming projects are you most excited about?

I’m going home to Vancouver to relax and be with family and friends; it’s the best project ever!


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bakedbeans bakedbeans 6 years
I love Coco. I love that she's so open about the fashion world and I loved her in 'Spiked Heel', oh-my-god, it is so funny how she jut randomly dances. Watch it everybody!
meeshee meeshee 7 years
she's my age!! this makes me feel quite under-accomplished :(
rosey_y rosey_y 7 years
Thanks for featuring her - I adore her! Mon petit coco indeed.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Awesome!
Spicyeggplant Spicyeggplant 7 years
Loooove her....I think you can totally see her dance training in the way she uses her limbs all the way down to the tips of her fingers. And her face is fabulously freaky in that supermodel way. And she can totally rock the vintage inspired looks without going too pinup. Rock on Coco - Canuck pride 4eva!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
she's beautiful and a great model - I love her puppy's name, PeekABoo...
DecemberBaby DecemberBaby 7 years
I do love the name Coco Rocha. It's fun to say but Doutzen Kroes and Abbey Lee are still my favs of the new Breed
elements elements 7 years
My cousin modelled with her last year here in Canada and I got to meet her, she was fabulous! Definitely one of my favourite models. I even have her on facebook! :)
aimhigh aimhigh 7 years
I was at work one day and on my break when I was headed to the beauty department of a Shopper's Drug Mart and lo and behold, Coco Rocha and a friend were perusing the aisles! I completely had a five alarm freak out, and managed to go up to her and tell her she's one of my favorite models. I admire her as a fellow Canadian, as a model, and as a volunteer as she regularly goes things for charities. And she's nice too!
Rnicolew Rnicolew 7 years
HER NAME ALONE MAKES ME LOVE HER....
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 7 years
Meh...she's just okay looks-wise, although I do like her personality. Give me Hilary Rhoda over her any day.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
She and Jessica Stam are my favorite models right now. I've loved her ever since she Irish danced down Gaultier's runway in her plaid! She's adorable and a great role model.
estella241 estella241 7 years
I LOVE HER, as evidenced by my profile picture. More Coco on Fabsugar!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Hahaha. The helium video. :) I've seen that.
neonbee neonbee 7 years
I like her, partly because she's Canadian like me. :)
syako syako 7 years
Cool interview! I've liked her since I saw this: http://fashionista.com/2008/02/coco_on_helium.php
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