VEACH VIBES

FROM A HUM­BLE UP­BRING­ING IN WEST VAN­COU­VER TO SIZ­ZLING ON EARTH’S MOST EX­OTIC BEACHES, BOMB­SHELL SU­PER­MODEL KATE BOCK JETS TO EV­ERY COR­NER OF THE WORLD FOR BUSI­NESS, PLEA­SURE, AND

Ocean Drive - - Shot On Site Photography By Manny Hernandez - by JARED SHAPIRO pho­tog­ra­phy by DEREK KET­TELA

It should come as no sur­prise that a call time of 4:30

AM for a mag­a­zine cover shoot has su­per­model Kate Bock’s name at­tached to it. This worka­holic needs to be cam­era-ready in the sea­son’s sex­i­est swimwear by 6 AM so she can strut her stuff on the beach with famed pho­tog­ra­pher Derek Ket­tela. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the eight-hour ses­sion, she’s on a flight to Cleve­land to cheer on su­per­star boyfriend Kevin Love in game three of the NBA Fi­nals (the Cavs won that game, by the way, with Bock sit­ting court­side). But be­ing a model isn’t as glam­orous as most peo­ple think, the Ocean Drive cover star says. At this mo­ment, she’s sit­ting in her apart­ment talk­ing to me—the air-con­di­tion­ing is cur­rently bro­ken. She wasn’t around when it broke; she won’t be around to fix it. Sum­mer heat is not her thing—the blonde stun­ner grew up in West Van­cou­ver, Canada, a far cry from the ex­otic beaches that mag­a­zines like Ocean Drive, Sports Il­lus­trated (she was voted Rookie of the Year in its 2013 Swim­suit is­sue), and Elle have taken her to. But her hum­ble up­bring­ing in­stilled in Bock a work ethic that has her fly­ing all around the world for shoots, brands, and ap­pear­ances, from Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret to Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo to Vogue. Here the 24-year-old model chats with Ocean Drive for our an­nual Swim is­sue.

How were you dis­cov­ered?

I grew up in West Van­cou­ver, Canada, and I was al­ways su­per tall, gan­gly, and thin. I was a 12-year-old swim­mer, and my agent is ac­tu­ally from the same area. She spot­ted me, and it was lit­er­ally the next week that I started work­ing with Aber­crom­bie Kids and at mall fash­ion shows. When I fin­ished high school, I moved to Paris. Mod­el­ing was kind of like “I’ll try it; it sounds so cool,” and then here I am, still do­ing it.

It seems like most mod­els had this awk­ward stage when they were younger…

I was so much taller than ev­ery­one in my class. There was maybe one boy my height, so I def­i­nitely wasn’t in the slow-dance world at that age. I had braces, I had it all—i never thought of my­self as beau­ti­ful. I was re­ally into sports. I played base­ball and soccer and I was a swim­mer and I played field hockey. I never re­ally thought about mod­el­ing, and then when I was dis­cov­ered, I was like, “Oh cool, some­one might think that of me.” I was too young to have ever dreamed about it yet. But once it came into my life and I started do­ing au­di­tions, com­mer­cials, and mod­el­ing jobs, I got into it and didn’t want to stop.

What was it like be­ing 18 in Paris?

Ul­ti­mately, Van­cou­ver doesn’t have much of a [mod­el­ing] in­dus­try, un­for­tu­nately. When I first moved to Paris, I lived in a tiny model apart­ment with two bunk beds and three room­mates. We had five, 10, 15 cast­ings day af­ter day, and we didn’t have smart­phones then; we had our Mac­books and we’d get the faxes of our sched­ule and roam around the city from cast­ing to cast­ing with our lit­tle metro map.

Who were the mod­els you looked up to at that time?

Am­ber Val­letta, Carolyn Mur­phy—i’m go­ing to name all the blonde, blue-eyed mod­els. But I looked at Sports Il­lus­trated and I still re­mem­ber think­ing they were so beau­ti­ful and they got to go to all these ex­otic places and do May­belline ads. I re­mem­ber think­ing they were all so glam­orous and amaz­ing. Then I kind of got to en­ter that world, and def­i­nitely in the be­gin­ning [I re­al­ized] this in­dus­try is not glam­orous at all. A lot of peo­ple imag­ine that mod­els are flown pri­vate ev­ery­where and have an en­tourage of friends with them. The re­al­ity is you’re go­ing to cast­ings day in, day out and ner­vous that you aren’t go­ing to work or have money, and clients maybe not be­ing su­per nice or speak­ing your lan­guage and kind of look­ing at you and talk­ing about you when you don’t know what they’re say­ing. It can be re­ally tough.

Is it a weird dy­namic be­ing from West Van­cou­ver and now be­ing a Sports Il­lus­trated model pos­ing in biki­nis on ex­otic beaches?

Even some­times now, when my good friends look at a pic­ture they’re like, “I can’t pic­ture you do­ing that. It looks good and you look great, but not like the per­son that I know or grew up with.” You just kind of slowly but surely get more com­fort­able. By now it’s just sec­ond na­ture, but I did not grow up wear­ing biki­nis and prac­tic­ing any of these poses.

What is your fit­ness rou­tine? How many times a week or how long?

I re­ally like to switch it up. I travel so much—in the last three months, I don’t think I’ve stayed any­where more than three days. So whether it means go­ing on a run or to the ho­tel gym or find­ing a Soul­cy­cle nearby, or a yoga or Pi­lates stu­dio, I like just to find what­ever I can, be­cause I get bored if I do the same thing. So [I’ll] meet a friend for cof­fee and then do a class or just go on a run be­cause it’s sunny out—it just de­pends where I am. I try to do some­thing ev­ery day; it makes me feel good start­ing the day with a work­out.

How have In­sta­gram and so­cial me­dia changed the way that you op­er­ate?

There are two sides to it. It’s kind of amaz­ing be­cause in the past you would have your agent to pro­mote you. Now you have the abil­ity to pro­mote your­self and make sure there are al­ways up­dated pic­tures. I’m not sure peo­ple even look at books and Po­laroids from agen­cies as much any­more, be­cause you can look at some­one’s so­cial me­dia and re­ally get a sense for how they look— with makeup, on the beach, in the stu­dio, in a pic­ture, in a fash­ion shoot. You can re­ally see va­ri­ety through their so­cial me­dia, so it gives you a chance to own your pro­mo­tion. But it’s also some­thing you re­ally need to keep up with and main­tain. It’s like an­other job, to make sure you’re up on your so­cial me­dia and posts of the day and con­tent and what you’re try­ing to sell. You don’t ever stop. I don’t know if that’s the best, but you also get some con­trol over your­self, which is good.

What’s your view on plas­tic surgery?

I come from a world where that didn’t re­ally ex­ist. That was never part of how I grew up. I don’t think I knew any­one who had it; it was never even a dis­cus­sion. Now that I’m older, I hear peo­ple talk­ing about it and do­ing it

all the time. I don’t re­ally know how to keep up with that, and I don’t even know who did or didn’t have it in some cases. I guess, what­ever you want to do to feel good, but I’m also just a scaredy-cat: What if you did some­thing and it went wrong?

So tell me about your belly chains, the Cat­tura Jew­elry.

I al­ways have dainty gold things all over me, and I saw body chains com­ing around a lit­tle bit, and so I started wear­ing one. Then I had a jew­eler make me a cou­ple dif­fer­ent ver­sions. I would wear it to Soul­cy­cle with just a sports bra and I would have the gold sparkling on my back, or I would do yoga in a sports bra and leg­gings and girls would see it and ask where I got it, so I just fig­ured I may as well make some more of these.

Even the most beau­ti­ful peo­ple have in­se­cu­ri­ties, right?

I would say I’m prob­a­bly the same as any­one else. When I’ve been hav­ing wine for a week on va­ca­tion or taken some lib­er­ties in my dessert eat­ing, I don’t al­ways feel the best and I want to do my ex­tra lit­tle work­out or get back on track with a week­long cleanse of eat­ing su­per healthy. You can al­ways see in an­other girl some­thing that you wish you had, and I even find it funny: I have model friends and I’ll see them in a cer­tain way, and I’ve al­ways thought like, Oh, she’s so lucky, she has the most amaz­ing, long­est legs or the most beau­ti­ful eyes or what­ever it is. And then you end up talk­ing to them and they see some­thing in you. It doesn’t mat­ter who you are; ev­ery­one has an in­se­cu­rity or some­thing they wish was bet­ter.

What is a mes­sage you have for young girls who want to get into mod­el­ing?

You have to work hard and keep at it, but it’s not nec­es­sar­ily go­ing to hap­pen in a day. Peo­ple are not al­ways the nicest and you won’t al­ways have the eas­i­est time, so if you re­ally love it, you stick with it and keep work­ing hard, and like any­thing else, if you give your­self the chance to suc­ceed, you will. It doesn’t hap­pen in a day for most peo­ple, though it does seem to hap­pen [in a day] for some of the so­cial me­dia stars! But over­all, it doesn’t usu­ally work like that.

How do you jug­gle be­ing a work­ing model and spend­ing time with your boyfriend with his NBA sched­ule?

Luck­ily, it’s not very far. Cleve­land is only like an hour-long flight from New York. So I go back and forth be­tween here and there and jobs, and then some­times meet him on the road if it makes sense, so I see him pretty of­ten even though we live in dif­fer­ent cities and both travel for work. We make it work, so that’s kind of fun.

What do you love about Mi­ami?

I go to Mi­ami a lot. I was just there with girl­friends for a week­end to visit. We went walk­ing around Lit­tle Ha­vana. It’s so cute, and I like get­ting cof­fee and walk­ing around there. There are like 800 ho­tels in Mi­ami Beach that have beau­ti­ful pools to lay out by—but you can swim in the ocean! I ac­tu­ally shot there once and saw an out­door wake­board park [Amelia Earhart Park], which I would be very cu­ri­ous to try. It looks su­per cool. I mean, I’ve never done that! I wake­board be­hind a boat at home in the sum­mer, but I’ve never seen a park like that—it’s so cool.

Swim­suit, Adri­ana De­greas ($294). The Vil­lage at Mer­rick Park, 358 San

Lorenzo Ave., Co­ral Gables,

305-368-8686; adri­ana de­greas.com. Hat, Eugenia Kim ($495). Neiman Mar­cus, Bal Har­bour Shops, 9700

Collins Ave., 305-865-6161; neiman­mar­cus.com. Stan­dard end­less hoop ear­rings, Ariel Gor­don ($795). Eber­jey Bou­tique, 1905 Purdy Ave., Mi­ami Beach, 305-763-8839. Gold ball chain lar­iat neck­lace,

Smith + Mara ($990). smithand­mara.com. Dome ban­gles ($245 and $395) and mod­ernist ring ($295),

Alexis Bit­tar. Beach Bou­tique, 1701 Sun­set

Har­bour Dr., Mi­ami

Beach, 305-531-8908; alex­is­bit­tar.com. Sun­glasses, Max Mara ($205). Sol­stice Sun­glass Bou­tique, 805

Lin­coln Road, Mi­ami Beach, 305-531-5080; max­mara.com

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