It was at a recent video shoot (stay tuned…) that we really got to know the world-renowned model Coco Rocha. Rocha represents everything the current day model is (or should be); she is as smart, witty and accessible as she is beautiful, and you want to sit down to a meal with her just as much as you want what she’s wearing. The new Mom told us about her new Botkier New York bag collection, why motherhood tones her arms, and why models aren’t just “mute faces” anymore…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
My perfect food day would be coffee in bed, then head downstairs for a fruit smoothie with strawberries, banana, milk, honey and a pinch of cinnamon. Now that I have gotten my “healthy” start, for lunch I’d probably have a perfectly cooked burger and then a big bowl of spaghetti bolognese for dinner. Around 9pm, I’d have a bowl of Cheerios while watching Netflix.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
It turns out all the things your Mama told you to do really do help you! Get lots of rest and drink a lot of water; your skin will thank you. I also think eating plenty of greens and vegetables helps keep you feeling your best and looking your best.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I’m a model who loves makeup; I’m not one of those girls who runs around barefaced when she’s “off-duty”. That sounds like a nightmare to me! I do like to make sure I’m well hydrated and so I use L’Oreal SPF 15 with Vitamin E lotion in the morning. I’m also trying to be more mindful of my skincare regimen so at night I make sure I remove my makeup with Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, wash my face with Clearasil Ultra and then use a cream from L’oreal called Hydra-Renewal.
Could you tell us a bit about your new line of bags, the Botkier New York Collection? What was the inspiration?
I’m so excited about this collection. It’s been a long time in the making, but it has been an amazing process. The fashion capitals were really the inspiration for this entire first collection.
I’ve been modeling internationally since I was fifteen, so I spent basically most of my high school years flying between London, Paris, Milan and New York. Those teenage years are so formative and I really feel like I grew up in those cities, picking up something from each place. From New York I took in this sort of refined rock and roll vibe, and from London a slightly more futuristic and avant guard approach – always looking forward. Milan is all about bold fun and Paris is of course this classic refined beauty. I had been wanting to design handbags for a while but never just wanted to just put my name on a bag and walk away, I really wanted to be involved in every step of the process. Botkier would let me do that and I feel like they really valued my ideas and creativity. In return I learned so much from them about the business of constructing quality accessories from start to finish. It has been an amazing relationship so far and there is more to come!
What’s always in your bag?
My phone; without it I’m lost. And now there’s always an extra bottle of formula for Ioni. I can’t leave home without that!
The hair products you can’t live without…
For the Botkier New York Collection campaign I brought on Nabil Harlow who is the mastermind behind Balmain Hair products. He got me hooked on their amazing products. The session spray and dry shampoo are must haves!
What workouts do you love? Which do you find overrated?
I think just being a Mom is quite the work out! Ioni is 20lbs now, and my arms have never been so toned! I love variety in my workouts; I hate doing the same thing day in and day out.
What’s your personal definition of good content?
Good content, when it relates to social media, should be memorable and entertaining. Far too often content is just plain old advertising in a bad disguise and is not relatable or fun at all. I think it’s fine to sell something, just try do it in a creative way.
Karlie Kloss recently launched her YouTube channel, Klossy. Do you think it’s important for models to have outlets these days that make them more accessible to their fan base?
Absolutely! About eight years ago, I found myself on the cover of a newspaper with a headline about me that was entirely untrue. I had kept a blog as a fun diary for a few years previously, but I decided to write my true feelings on the article there, in the hopes that someone would hear my side of the story. The blog went viral and was picked up internationally. It was at that time that I realized I finally had a voice. Models for so long were relegated to being these mute pretty faces, but with social media, we can finally be known for whatever it is we stand for. I still faced a lot of backlash early on for using social media, and now everyone in fashion is on at least one or two platforms! At the end of the day, all models are in the business of advertising. It makes sense to build your own audience as that only adds value to the clients we work for.
The most common misconception about being a model…
That we are catty divas who throw fits all day long. For the models I call friends, the ones who have lasted a decade or more in the industry, they’re all nice, sweet, humble and hardworking girls. I strongly believe those traits are the keys to lasting success in any field, be it modeling or otherwise. True, there is the occasional bad apple that makes it to the top, but in general no one wants to work with a diva and with very few exceptions, mean girls do not make it in my industry anymore.
What are your favorite dishes to cook for your daughter?
She’s only seven-months-old, so right now she’s eating stuff like mushed avocado and banana or steamed and blended cauliflower and squash. I wouldn’t call it “cooking” but she seems to love it!
What Instagram accounts are you obsessed with?
@TheNewPotato of course! Other than that I really like @whereiseefashion. It’s this amazingly curated account that imagines where fashion designers may (or may not) have found inspiration. @thebezar is full of super cool, locally made modern home goods that I’m obsessed with and @girlwithnojob keeps me laughing all day long.
Any quick fix workouts you do at home? What are they?
I lift my baby, about 500 times a day. That counts as working out with a 20lb dumbbell, doesn’t it?
Anything diet wise you do seventy-two hours before a big shoot to prepare? What’s the usual routine?
(Laughs) No – I would never ever diet for a job. If a client ever told me to lose weight, I’d lose the client first. The best thing I do before a long day of work is try to get a good night’s sleep. Try being the operative word.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato in modeling right now?
Oh wow, I honestly have no idea! I’ve been modeling thirteen years now, so in non-model years that makes me about seventy-years-old. Seriously, most models have a career arc of three seasons (a year and a half!). Is it blonds this year? Icelandic girls? Girls with one tooth missing? I just do my thing and don’t worry about the trends.
*Coco Rocha, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.