Model on the move

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

A first-time Ice­landic ad­ven­ture could be on the cards for su­per­model Coco Rocha

OTHER, muse, su­per­model and de­signer, Coco Rocha wears many hats. Start­ing her ca­reer at age 15 af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered by a model scout in her home town of Van­cou­ver, Coco has made a name in­ter­na­tion­ally thanks to her strik­ing fea­tures and tow­er­ing frame.

She has walked run­ways in Paris, Mi­lan and New York, fronted ad cam­paigns for Chanel and YSL and has graced Vogue mag­a­zine cov­ers the world over. A decade on and Coco is now a fash­ion-world vet­eran.

The model has just wrapped pro­duc­tion for re­al­ity TV show The Face, in ad­di­tion to a cloth­ing line col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dis­ney inspired by the up­com­ing live-ac­tion Cin­derella movie. Coco is cur­rently on our shores as a guest at the re­cent Mercedes-Benz Fash­ion Fes­ti­val Syd­ney. I take my whole fam­ily with me. Be­ing a model can be a very lonely oc­cu­pa­tion. My hus­band has helped me to man­age my ca­reer for the past five years. Now that we have a six­month-old baby, we are the “three ami­gos” ev­ery­where we go! I usu­ally pick a va­ca­tion that will be low key. I travel so much for work and it’s very of­ten to some ex­treme des­ti­na­tion, such as the moun­tains of Ar­gentina or Prague in the dead of win­ter. When I travel for fun I just want the eas­i­est and lazi­est trip pos­si­ble. In­sta­gram! Lately I’ve found my­self search­ing for im­ages that are tagged in Ice­land. I’ve never been there but I feel like a trip is def­i­nitely on the hori­zon. My home in the coun­try­side. I have a house about an hour from New York City. It’s close enough to com­mute but far enough away to have peace and quiet and to be sur­rounded by na­ture. and they are so di­verse. My favourite thing to do is rent a 4X4 and go of­froad ex­plor­ing. An iPad. I have to have my own en­ter­tain­ment on hand, just in case the in-flight TV doesn’t work. I start to ac­cli­ma­tise my­self to the new time zone even be­fore I fly. If I’m on the plane and it’s night-time wher­ever I’m go­ing, I close my eyes and try to sleep. It doesn’t al­ways work, but it’s im­por­tant to try. Some­times you can travel around the world and jet lag is not an is­sue and some­times you can travel just one time zone and your whole world is thrown off. There are so many fac­tors and of­ten there isn’t much you can do, un­for­tu­nately. Pack light and try not to overly plan. If you sched­ule and ar­range ev­ery hour of the day then you leave no room for ad­ven­ture.

In­ter­view by Paul Ewart.

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