Coco Rocha

  • Birth Name Coco Rocha
  • Birth Date September 10, 1988
  • Birth Place Ontario, Canada
  • Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
  • Measurements 33-24-35 in (84-64-89 cm)
  • Agencies Elite New York, etc.
  • Links cocorocha.com, oh-so-coco.tumblr.com, @cocorocha

Coco Rocha is a Canadian model best known for her unique facial features and expressive photoshoots. She was once named ‘Queen of posing’ and she fully deserves the title. Coco Rocha is also one of few models who openly spoke against anorexia and pressure young models get in modeling business.

Before being a model

Coco Rocha was born on September 10, 1988 into a family of a flight attendant and a ticket manager. She grew up in Richmond, British Columbia where she went to McRoberts secondary school. Coco Rocha is of Irish, Welsh and Russian descent.

Modeling Career

Coco Rocha was spotted at the young age of 14 by agent Charles Stuart who approached her at an Irish dance competition. She had never considered modeling as a potential choice of career before meeting Stuart but she decided to try herself and accepted the agent’s offer. Coco admitted that at that time she knew almost nothing about modeling or fashion and had to learn fast to be able to compete with other girls.

Coco Rocha’s professional career started in 2004 when she signed with Supreme Agency in New York City and met fashion photographer Steven Meisel two years later. In the early 2006 she was already featured in an editorial alongside Gemma Ward and Amanda Moore, and covered February 2006 issue of Italian Vogue. Two weeks after Coco appeared at a number of Spring/Summer 2006 fashion shows as a catwalk model. She walked for Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs and a few other designers in New York. At the Anna Sui show Rocha met supermodel Naomi Campbell backstage, who was so fascinated with the young girl that she referred to Coco as to “her new favorite model”. The same month Coco flew to Paris to take part in the Paris Fashion Week and walked for Stella McCartney, Shiatzy Chen, Christian Lacroix, Emanuel Ungaro, and Louis Vuitton, the latter show she opened and closed.

In February 2007, Coco Rocha opened Jean Paul Gaultier’s Scottish Highlands-inspired show (Fall/Winter 2007) by performing an Irish dance, which was later described as the “Coco Moment” by American Vogue.

In May 2007, Coco covered Vogue US issue together with Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Jessica Stam, Hilary Rhoda, Chanel Iman, and Lily Donaldson. All the models were named the ‘new crop of supermodels’.

In 2008, Coco Rocha covered Photo, French Revue des Models, Dansk and Elle Canada magazines and appeared in American Vogue, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Elle Beauty and Muse editorials. She also starred in Gap, Chanel, Phi and Nicole Farhi campaigns as well as in Yves Saint Laurent’ Elle fragrance and beauty campaigns.

In 2009, she became the covergirl of Vogue Espana, Vogue Mexico, Elle Canada and French Magazine issues and did Wish Magazine, 10 Magazine, Vogue Italia, Vogue Korea, American Vogue, Numero and V Magazine editorials. Besides, Coco represented a number of brands that year, including Zac Posen, ForeverMarc, ckOne Fragrance by Calvin Klein, Gap, Uniqlo Heattech, Liz Claiborne and Yves Saint Lauren (Beauty campaign).

2010 was also a busy year for Coco. In February, she hosted the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards white carpet and walked a number of fashion shows demonstrating designers’ creations for Fall 2010. She also landed a Rimmel Contract, Coca Cola Light deal alongside Baptiste Giabiconi, and Esprit campaign. She covered Elle France, Flare, Fashion Magazine Canada, Vogue Mexico, Allure Korea, Elle UK, Elle France, Tatler Russia, Harper’s Bazaar Russia, French Revue des Modes, and Glow Magazines. In addition to this, she did The New York Times Style Magazine, W Magazine, Vogue Russia, and Glamour editorials.
In July 2010, Coco Rocha appeared on vogue.co.uk every day within a month in “Today I’m Wearing” column. In August the model was featured on a billboard in Times Square. The billboard showed Rocha modeling Project Runway’s contestant’s winning design.

In October 2010, Coco Rocha was awarded with Marie Claire‘s Prix d’Excellence accolade in Paris, France. And in November, the Canadian beauty received the Seventeen Body Peace award organized by Seventeen magazine. Rocha wrote a few articles to the glossy about body image and self esteem of young girls.

In February 2011, it was announced that Coco Rocha had written the forward to Jeanne Beker’s book “Struttin It!” which told truthfully about reality of the modeling profession. The same month, the model was honored with the Elle Style award in London, England. In June she and her husband James Conran received awards for their charitable work at the Pay It Fashion Forward event in Manahattan, NY.

She did Coco Cola light campaign again and also agreed to participate in Canadian retailer Jacob’s Photoshop free campaign. Besides, it was announced she would be the face of Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s collection.

In July the beauty demonstrated the trailer to her short documentary “Letter to Haiti” on her blog which premiered in Toronto in October and in New York in December 2011. The movie was received warmly by critics.

In October, Coco Rocha appeared on Anderson Cooper’s daytime television show “Anderson” where she talked about pressure young models were put to stay skinny. A few days after she was invited to America’s Next Top Model as a guest judge where Tyra Banks called her “The Queen of Posing”.
In November, the Canadian model launched a jewelry collection aptly named Coco Rocha for Senhoa, an organization that helps Cambodian survivors of human trafficking. The collection was designed by Coco Rocha and made by the survivors of human trafficking. All proceeds went to benefit people under Senhoa program.

In December, Coco Rocha and Doutzen Kroes spoke out against the prevalence of eating disorders in the modeling industry. Rocha even wrote an open letter to the New York Times, in which she talked about the pressure the fashion industry puts on young models. She wrote: “How can any person justify an aesthetic that reduces a woman or child to an emaciated skeleton? Is it art? Surely fashion’s aesthetic should enhance and beautify the human form, not destroy it.”
In an email to the Associated Press she also told about what she felt when she was recommended to lose weight if she wanted to be a runway model. She wrote: “I’ll never forget the piece of advice I got from people in the industry when they saw my new body … They said, ‘You need to lose more weight. The look this year is anorexia. We don’t want you to be anorexic but that’s what we want you to look like.”

Throughout the year of 2011 Coco Rocha covered Elle Italia, Sunday Telegraph, Viktor Magazine, Elle Canada and Elle Quebec, Elle UK, Dazed & Confused Korea, Madam Figaro Magazines, and did American Vogue, Allure, and W Magazine editorials. She also starred in Ports International, Ann Taylor LOFT, Diet Coke, John Lewis, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Americana Manhasset campaigns. Besides, she walked for many reputable designers, including Zac Posen.
The year of 2012 is going to be very fruitful for Coco Rocha. She has already covered Flare and Harper’s Bazaar Singapore magazines and did Longchamp campaign.

Hobbies And Interests

Dancing, drama, acting. Coco Rocha said she always liked entertainment. She was spotted at an Irish Dance competition.

Personal Life

Coco Rocha is happily married to James Conran, an interior designer, muralist, and decorative painter. Their wedding took place on June 9, 2010. Rocha’s wedding dress was designed by Zac Posen.

People Say About Coco Rocha

Photographer Greg Sorensen: “She can be a real chameleon. Coco’s very aware of her body—how it moves and how she can shape it. I think a lot of that comes from dance. She has a very natural ability to adapt as you’re shooting, to create really beautiful images.”

Exclusive videos and interviews

Coco Rocha dancing at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Show, 2007

Coco Rocha & James Conran’s ‘Letters To Haiti’ premiere

Coco Rocha & James Conran – Dream Wedding Short Film

At Home with Coco Rocha

Interview with Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha Photos

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