Haitian Mannequin Aube Jolicoeur: The Vogue Interview


Aube Jolicoeur has acquired subsequent. The 26-year-old Haitian newcomer may not be as recognisable as Bella Hadid or Kendall Jenner, however she has made every present memorable, whether or not stomping out in an acid-green wig as one among Jeremy Scott’s space-age muses or sporting Tomas Maier’s vibrant Bottega Veneta fits. Since experiencing a breakthrough final yr at Marc Jacobs’s spring/summer season 2018 present, she’s been on a roll, racking up work with business legends like Steven Meisel, Fabien Baron, and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. For Jolicoeur, the journey from unknown to in-demand face has been stunning. “Being just a little woman from a 3rd world nation and coming to America, I by no means would have guessed that I might have the pleasure of working with such [talented people],” she mentioned throughout a break between exhibits. “Not in 1,000,000 years!”

Born in Jacmel, Haiti and raised close to the well-known Bassin Bleu, Jolicoeur spent her early years immersed in outdoorsy pursuits, “surrounded by waterfalls and mountains.” When she was 9 years previous, her household settled in Kentucky, the place she threw herself into her past love, dancing. “Whereas my household could not afford to place me in dance class, I realized my very own method,” says Jolicoeur, whose rhythm is clear in her distinctive stroll. “To this present day, you may at all times discover me dancing.” She later developed right into a champion runner – she nonetheless holds the pace report at her previous highschool – and as soon as buddies and neighbours started to recommend she mannequin, Jolicoeur determined to present it a go, regardless that getting seen by an company required just a few highway journeys to Cincinnati. “It was the one place I might really expertise issues remotely near modelling,” she says.


Although she was decided to make a reputation for herself, Jolicoeur skilled setbacks alongside the best way, together with a life-altering automobile accident that left her with a crescent-shaped scar on her brow. “The docs mentioned I used to be fortunate to outlive being struck by a automobile whereas crossing the road,” she says. She moved to New York at 20, and her profession kicked into excessive gear after she made the selection to put on her hair pure. Having booked a number of seasons with Yeezy and subsequently landed on the radar of casting administrators, she is now on monitor to be one among autumn/winter 2018’s prime ladies. The time it took to get thus far solely makes her recognize the accomplishment extra. “Strolling down the runway in entrance of so many individuals within the vogue business with the highlight so brilliant you may barely see the next move is the last word reward,” she says. “It reassures me that my exhausting work has paid off.”

Right here, the rising star talks dance battles, working along with her heroes, and why she needs to present again to her neighborhood in Haiti.

On dance battles

“I ended up being in a dance battle with the Les Twins on the Miu Miu after-party whereas all eyes on the get together have been targeted on us. That evening was a lot enjoyable. That was my first ever after-party in Europe. With such a busy vogue week schedule in Milan and Paris, I did not have an opportunity to get together till that final evening in Paris. I made positive to grab the second.”


On working with legends

“Working with Steven [Meisel] was such a nice expertise and filled with surprises. Many fashions might really feel a bit intimidated by him as a result of he’s certainly Steven Meisel, however I used to be very comfy. He made me really feel like he wished me there. Not many fashions can say Meisel got here as much as them on set and kissed them good day!

[Likewise,] having the chance to be shot with Fabien Baron was actually cool. This man has a lot expertise and his imaginative and prescient is simply impeccable. Each are extraordinarily organised, very specific, and have a transparent route on what they need. I like going to a shoot after I know it’ll be very skilled, and that is them for positive.”

On staying punctual

“What I discovered probably the most difficult was making each single casting. Some take longer than others, and also you inevitably find yourself lacking just a few of them. That was tough for me, as a result of I hate lacking something. I by no means had the chance earlier than, and now that I’ve it, there’s a number of strain, each internally and externally, to make a reputation for myself and exceed expectations. I really feel compelled to see each consumer… they need to know Aube exists!”

On her charitable ambitions

“I need to assist the poor and finally begin my very own charity to assist finish poverty and homelessness. I need to primarily begin off engaged on discovering jobs and shelters for individuals with out houses to assist them get again on their ft. That is one trigger I am very keen about. I am a really delicate individual and I like serving to others. Simply strolling down the road and seeing a homeless individual, I’ll legit simply escape in tears. I need to do one thing about it in the future. I don’t belief donating to large organisations, and discover it extra rewarding and impactful to go to the individuals in want and assist them in individual.”

On recognition

“[It was memorable] realising that my work is beginning to be recognised and that some casting administrators really do their analysis. On the Versace casting, one of many casting administrators instructed the remainder of the crew “she simply walked for Marc.” It was barely audible, however my listening to is fairly good. The entire time I used to be considering, ‘wow. that is fairly cool, she is aware of who I’m!’”

Initially printed by Vogue.com.

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