Friday 23 March 2018

Coco Rocha had to 'burn wardrobe' in early days of modelling career

Coco Rocha was told to burn her clothes when she first entered an agency.

The 25-year-old model was first approached about moving into the industry 12 years ago, making the move in 2004. It wasn't always plain sailing though, with Coco admitting she had to work on her appearance at first.

"My agent told me to burn my clothes the first time I walked into the agency," she laughed at a Wilhelmina Models panel at the National Arts Club in New York City.

Although some might have been upset by the frank comment, Coco realised her agent had a point. As soon as she left, she took drastic steps to ensure her fashion sense was never criticised again.

"I had zero style. When I left the agency, I threw them out right away outside," she laughed.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 07: Model Coco Rocha backstage at the DKNY Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Tent in Bryant Park on September 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for IMG)

The move obviously worked, as Coco has gone on to become one of the most successful models around at the moment. She has worked for pretty much all the biggest labels out there, including Versace, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent and Calvin Klein.

She also has a special relationship with Zac Posen and usually chooses outfits by him when at big events. That was the case this week when she attended the 2014 Fragrance Foundation Awards at New York's Lincoln Center. Coco opted for a floor-length peach gown by the designer, which was fitted around her hips and thighs and pooled at the floor.

"Of special note was the huge ruffle across the chest, which fell from the breasts down to the waist, and which has been the topic of much discussion online. The look is divisive, with fans either praising it or failing to understand why it was picked.

Coco didn't seem overly bothered by the criticism though, even replying to some of it on Twitter.

"@eonline: Coco Rocha Makes the Fanciest Lamp Shade We've Ever Seen...” LOL! If people stare, make it worth their while (sic)!" she replied to one story.

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Model Coco Rocha walks down the catwalk during the Gianni Versace fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2007 February 23, 2007 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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