In her four years of modeling, Coco Rocha has become one of the fashion world's most famous faces. Discovered while competing in an Irish-dance competition, the 5'9" beauty has walked countless fashion runways including those of Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, and Christian Dior. She's also appeared on the covers of top magazines including Numero, Vogue, and W. Last month, I had a moment to talk with the Canadian model before the Rag & Bone show. Read on!
How do you have such good skin?
I usually stay out of the sun. I do put makeup on, but I clean it with a soap that gets pH balance back to normal. It's made exactly for that. I moisturize with Lancome hydrating moisturizer; it's really thin.
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Do you feel like what you eat affects your skin at all?
It could. Lately I've been very, very, very good: lots of veggies, meat, fish, teas. No caffeine, no drinking, no smoking...
No fun — exactly! [Laughs] That's what happens when Fashion Week comes, but you want to look good. And of course sleep is key.
What is it like seeing your face in ads or seeing yourself in a commercial?
Of course, it's fun. After a while it gets to be the norm, but it's always nice to see a new campaign; you take a step back and realize what you've accomplished. It's always a good thing to realize that I've come far from my hometown back in Vancouver. it's a good feeling; it's an accomplishment.
When you were growing up, did you feel pretty? A lot of models say they never did.
Yeah, it's exactly that. Usually the models that do very well are the ones who are tall, gangly little girls who didn't know anything about fashion or boys. In school, they weren't Miss Popular. So yeah, I was Mr. Tomboy back at home until they asked, "Did you ever think of modeling?" I was like "Hmm, maybe I should start looking like a girl."