Model / Entrepreneur
As a young girl growing up in Vancouver, Coco Rocha never expected to become one of modeling’s biggest and most ubiquitous stars. After being spotted by a modeling scout at an Irish dancing competition, Rocha was introduced to world-renowned photographer Steven Meisel and shortly thereafter appeared on the March 2006 cover of Vogue Italia, sparking a meteoric rise into the fashion and modeling.
Coco quickly began appearing on the runways for designers like Marc Jacobs, Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Balenciaga and countless others and ignited a firestorm in the fashion industry when she opened and closed the Fall 2007 Jean Paul Gaultier show by performing an Irish dance down the runway. Fashion editors and photographers were immediately impressed by Rocha’s instinctive ability to capture the essence of the editorial stories she was shooting, a talent that can be attributed to her background as a dancer. She has worked with leading photographers in the industry including Steven Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, Arthur Elgort, Nathaniel Goldberg, Mikael Jansson, Greg Kadel, Steven Klein, Annie Leibowitz, Peter Lindbergh, Craig McDean, Nick Night, David Sims, Mario Sorrenti, Solve Sundsbo, Inez Van Lamsweerde, and Vinoodh Matadin. Her advertising campaigns include CK ONE, Christian Dior, Chanel, YSL Beaute, YSL Elle, Jean Paul Gaultier, Balenciaga, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, The Gap, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne NY, PHI, Nicole Farhi, DeBeers, Loft, Christian Lacroix, Coca-Cola Lite, Esprit, H & M, MCM, Longchamp, Uniqlo, Albion, Zac Posen, Rimmel London, White House / Black Market, Dennis Basso and Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’s.
In addition to her advertising and runway work, Coco is frequently featured in the pages of top fashion magazines around the world including the many editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Numero and V and has graced the covers of: Vogue (US, Italia, Nippon, Korea, Spanish, Mexico, Latin America, Thailand and Brazil), Numero (Paris, Korea), Bazaar (Russia, Australia, Mexico, Singapore), ID, Dazed & Confused (British, Japan, Korea), Elle (Canada, Italy, UK, France), Allure (Korea), L’officiel (China, Netherlands, Russia), Tatler (Russia), Citizen K, French, Muse, The Sunday Telegraph, Viktor, Time Style & Design, Madame Figaro, Schon, Vs., Sure, Glass, Glow, Fashion, Flare and Dressed To Kill. In December 2008, Rootstein Display Mannequins unveiled the “Coco” mannequin. Coco is currently represented by IMG Models worldwide.
Coco paired her charismatic personality and on-air presence with her expertise in fashion and collaborated with E! Canada as host for a NY Fashion Week special, aired in May 2009. She was ET Canada’s fashion commentator on the red carpet at the 2010 Grammy Awards and MTV recruited Coco to be their red carpet correspondent for MTV.com at the Video Music Awards in 2010. She was People Magazine’s corresponded for the Met Ball in 2012 and was honored to co-host CNN World Wide’s red carpet coverage of the 2013 Academy Awards alongside Piers Morgan.
Rocha starred in Oxygen’s series, “The Face,” in 2013. Along with supermodels Karolina Kurkova and Naomi Campbell, Coco served as a modeling mentor for the competition series guiding aspiring female models in their quest to win the opportunity of becoming “the face” for a well-known brand. Though she was the youngest mentor, Coco and her team had the overwhelming support of the public – among the 3 other teams, Coco’s “Team Coco” commanded 70% of the popular vote through the show.
In December 2009, Vogue Paris named Coco one of the top 30 models of the decade. The following year she was awarded Marie Claire’s Prix d’Excellence as their “Model Of The Year’ at a ceremony in Paris, and just three months later she was presented the Elle Style award for ‘Model of the Year’ by Boy George in London. In 2013 Coco was awarded the model of the year award at the first ever Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) in Toronto.
Among the first in her field to embrace social media, Coco has positioned herself as one of the most digitally-savvy models in the world; her presence on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and various other social media platforms has gained her a total of over 16 million followers. In 2013 Time magazine named Coco’s twitter account one of the 140 best twitter feeds. An avid fan of technology, she has unofficially consulted for many tech startups and her love of technology was a natural fit for her position as a Contributing Editor at PCMag. Her first book was launched in September 2014 from Harper Collins. “The Study of Pose”, with foreword by longtime collaborator Jean Paul Gaultier, catalogs over 1000 unique poses, each captured from 100 angles by renowned photographer Steven Sebring. The app version of the book contains a staggering 100,000 unique images of Rocha.
In early 2015 Rocha partnered with Disney and HSN on a capsule collection to support their live-action “Cinderella” movie premiere. Later that spring it was announced that Coco would design her own handbag collection for luxury brand Botkier which then launched in the fall of 2015. Most recently, Coco announced plans to debut her own womenswear label, a brand entitled CO+CO by Coco Rocha which will launch through a joint venture with the Los Angeles-based Paragon Project and in partnership with her husband, artist James Conran.
Rocha and Conran were wed in June of 2010. In addition to acting as Coco’s business manager for the last 5 years, Coco and James have collaborated personally and professionally on a number of film and art projects since then, including a documentary about their February 2011 trip to Haiti and a jewelry line for charity Senhoa which supports victims of human trafficking in Asia. James and Coco welcomed a baby girl, Ioni James Conran on March 28th, 2015. A resident of New York, Coco spends her free time with family and friends.