Every person nurtures an innate desire of looking good and feel ‘accepted’ in the socio-economic circle. The word fashion instantaneously brings to mind a flash of color with a dash of glamour.

Before we continue, do you think fashion is one of the most important things in the world? Let’s continue, women are taking to fashion in a big way, and are experimenting with different looks, styles, and textures. One of these women is COCO.

Fashion plays an increasingly important role in an indivi­dual’s life because it is considered as a means of self-expression.

Today, we’re going to have a short conversation with COCO to tell us something about herself and fashion.

INTERVIEWER: Tell us about yourself.
COCO: My name is Claudia Awedaga Felalaga 😃, a mouthful? I know right 😂 I love my name. It has a beautiful story to it. Everyone calls me Coco though, it’s a nickname for my first name. I’m from the Upper East Region in Ghana. I am a huge fashion enthusiast! I’m currently on a break from school (journalism) to pursue other interests. I’ll be going back next year.

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INTERVIEWER: What’s your main profession?
COCO: That’s kind of tricky seeing as I’m still a student but social media wise, I am a digital creator/influencer. That’s technically not a profession because it doesn’t really take training or formal qualifications to be one but it’s something I do and I get paid for it.

INTERVIEWER: Do you brand yourself as a model?
COCO: I don’t see or brand myself as a model. But I guess it depends on the context the word is being used. Although Fashion and modeling are mutually inclusive to a certain level. You cannot have one without the other in the industry.

INTERVIEWER: What makes your fashion choice soo unique? What’s the secrete behind?
COCO: Honestly, there’s no secret. Just being myself and making style choices that represent me and my personality is enough to set me apart.

INTERVIEWER: Do you have any role model in the fashion industry? If yes why choose that person?
COCO: Rihanna, Rihanna, Rihanna! I love that girl. She’s freedom. She’s fearless. She’s just awesome and she is a force to reckon with! When I look at Rihanna, I see an individual who’s so busy being herself, she has no time for what society thinks of it, she exudes so much confidence it’s amazing. She’s not a conformist. I just love her free spirit. I love who she is and what she stands for.

INTERVIEWER: What is your greatest strength, as a fashionist?
COCO: My greatest strength is my ability to be versatile without losing sight of my individuality.

INTERVIEWER: What is your greatest weakness, as a fashionist? What are you doing to improve on it?
COCO: I am too quick to say no to certain fashion trends but in my defense, trends just make everyone blehhh. But I need to be more open to ideas and concepts and find ways to make them work for me.

INTERVIEWER: Would you consider yourself a creative person?
COCO: I am super creative. I fashion new clothes out of old ones, I customize my sneakers (I’ll show you a picture of my recent one), I dabble in designing too.

Take a look at a customized sneaker by COCO

Customized sneaker by COCO

INTERVIEWER: Have you encountered an uncomfortable situation with your fashion before? If yes how did you deal with it?
COCO: I’ve had my fair share of wardrobe malfunctions at events. Zipper coming lose, ripping my pants at a program and a lot more. I just either get a wrap to act as cover-up or I just rock the ripped pants like it’s an intentional look. There’s no one way to handle wardrobe malfunctions.

INTERVIEWER: Have you ever been asked for fashion advice before? How did you feel when approached?
COCO: Yes, I do get asked for advice. People send me DMs, leave comments under my posts or send emails for fashion advice. It still feels surreal because I don’t even see myself as a fashion guru. I just do me but I feel super honored when people ask me for advice on what to wear for an event, what colors look good together and a whole lot. I guess they see that fashion is my natural milieu. Honestly, these messages push me to do better.

INTERVIEWER: Does your fashion style have any impact on society?
COCO: I’d like to think it does. I am a free being and it reflects in my style choice. People tell me that I am their role model and some say that I inspire them a lot. So I guess my style teaches people to be themselves. That’s really all that matters in the end.

That’s all from COCO, get interactive with her in Instagram