Dancer, supermodel, designer... The multihyphenate model-mentor on striking the right balance.
Identify Your Strengths
My dance training was super helpful when I became a model. I was comfortable moving my body, while being watched by an audience. With dance, you practise until you stop making mistakes. I treated modelling the same way.
For me, success at all costs has never been attractive. My goal in the industry was to leave it as the same person who entered it— just a little older and wiser.
Bravely Break Barriers
It’s not an easy transition to make, but the last two years designing my own products have been extremely rewarding and liberating. It’s a struggle to be taken seriously at ﬁrst. When you’re a model, people assume that you’re only good for one thing: Taking nice pictures.
Have a Power Meal
Mine is Spaghetti Bolognese. I travel for work and at the end of a long day, it’s the only thing I’ll order from room service!
Looks from Coco Rocha’s CO+CO fall/ winter 2016 collection
Let Your Voice Be Known
There was a time when I thought, and was often told, that sticking to my principles could cost me my success in the fashion industry. I think social media helped me feel like I had that voice; that people cared what I had to say.
Soak Up Creativity
I came into the industry as a 14-year-old tomboy... Soon, I was sitting at the feet of masters like Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, watching them create. In the process, I found my own style and point of view.