Born and raised in British Columbia, Coco Rocha’s early days were devoted primarily to the pursuit of a dancing career. She discovered early on that she possessed a real gift for fast and fancy footwork, and eventually wound up specializing in the physically intensive and notoriously complicated Irish style of dance. Coco was just 14 years old when an agent spotted her at a dance competition; she was subsequently invited to model for him and the up-and-coming beauty was soon rubbing shoulders with the superstars of the fashion world.
Coco wasted little time in diving into her new profession, with a fortuitous encounter with famed photographer Steven Meisel kicking her career off with a bang. Steven, impressed with Coco’s fresh-faced looks, teamed her up with fellow models Gemma Ward and Amanda Moore for a photo shoot. Thereafter, it wasn’t long before Coco found herself in demand among such high-profile designers as Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs. Coco even received the opportunity to put her Irish dancing skills to use when designer Jean Paul Gautier asked her to open his Fall/Winter 2007 show by dancing down the runway.
Coco’s visibility within the mainstream increased exponentially in May of 2007 when she was featured on the cover of a Vogue special issue devoted to the next generation of supermodels, alongside such familiar faces as Jessica Stam, Hilary Rhoda and Raquel Zimmerman.