Get to know our January COCO Cover Model, Charis. She’s an actor, a producer, and much more.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Why modelling and when did you first begin modelling?
Charis: When I was really little I wanted to become a model but I wasn’t very confident back then. I remember I had arranged with my Dad to go into a child modelling agency, however when that day came I sat in bed crying for hours because I didn’t think I was good enough. My dad would tell me time and time again that I was just as good as everyone else but I wouldn’t listen. It wasn’t until into my late teens when I felt confident enough to seek modelling as a career and at that point someone told me I’d never get an agency to sign me and that I couldn’t work because I was too big. That was exactly the boost I needed as I don’t like to be told I can’t do something, so that’s when I decided to really pursue and push it. So in the end it was my stubbornness that got me into modelling. I’m really grateful for that experience.
2. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Charis: Just be you.
3. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
Charis: That would be my grandmother from my mother’s side. She died before I was born. I would have so much to say and ask, I wouldn’t even know where to start.
4. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
- My glasses
- A never ending book
- A guitar – I can’t actually play but I guess I’d have plenty of time to learn
5. If I was to open your fridge, what would I see?
Charis: Wine, Halloumi, milk, eggs, salmon and strawberries and cream.
6. Five things you can’t live without
- My Family
- My contact lenses
- My bed….It’s the simple things
7. What makeup items are a must have for you daily?
Charis: A good moisturiser and good concealer to hide them late night/early morning dark circles.
8. What three items do you take when you leave your house every day?
9. How do you prepare for a modelling shoot?
Charis: I make sure I take a hot relaxing bath and have a good 8 hour sleep the night before. On the morning of the shoot I have a good solid breakfast normally oats and bananas for energy.
10. Do you work out?
Charis: I do work out but mainly for health, core strength and posture. Gone are the days when I’d work out to lose weight or to try to transform myself. I’m really happy with my body, so for me it’s just about staying healthy and maintaining what I have.
11. Tell us about your diet?
Charis: I LOVE food. So apart from a good breakfast of either eggs and toast or oats and bananas, I pretty much eat what I want. I just make sure I eat a balanced diet throughout the day and then I allow myself to have goodies and treats as well.
12. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Charis: Salmon fillets with boiled rice and green runner beans, followed by profiteroles and cream… Oh wait that’s two meals…
13. If you weren’t modelling what would you be doing?
Charis: What I also currently do which is acting, writing and producing.
14. What was your most challenging modelling experience?
Charis: I don’t have one particular experience however, I think that being a model in general is challenging. There’s a lot more to it than what people realise. You really do have to be incredibly thick skinned and resilient. However, saying that, the job is incredibly rewarding. You get travel and meet some amazing people, so it’s definitely a good challenge.
15. And what does beauty mean to you?
Charis: Acceptance of your own personal flaws and those of others, and loving yourself and others regardless of those imperfections.
16. Please tell us your favourites:
- Colour: Yellow
- Item of clothing: Leggings
- Food: Salmon
- Drink: Water
- Perfume: Flower bomb by Victor Rolf
- Designer: Marc Jacobs and a new brand called Marbek
- Song: Louis Armstrong “What a wonderful world”
- Celebrity: Oprah
- Abi Oshodi
- Andres De Lara
- Giovanni Martins
- LiaB Photography
- Simon Wisbey