Coco Rocha tells Buzzfeed how she made it as a model. She is honest, funny, and self-depricating. Our favourite part is a selection of her early work from Asia, and the early doubt in her model potential - we've all been there.
If you think of a model, you probably think of a gorgeous, beautiful bombshell of a woman — not so much a lanky 14-year-old girl at an Irish dance competition. I was laughing hysterically, but secretly I was also kind of excited that someone thought I, of all people, could be a model. I told him to talk to my mom, who was also there at the competition. She was like, “No, no way are you having my daughter model.”
But this guy didn’t give up, and I kept seeing him at different dance competitions because his daughter danced as well. Finally my mom gave in. I don’t know why — maybe she was intrigued by the idea too.
So he took me to get photos taken. I wore my [own] clothes — I had no style, and I had gotten my makeup done at the MAC counter. The photographer didn’t want any wrinkles in the front of my shirt, so instead of Photoshopping them out, which he didn’t want to do either, he would make me pull my top taut in front of me for every shot. It was just a big mess. If you saw the photos, you would have never said, “Yep, that’s a model!”
Read the full piece here.