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.
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.
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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
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