Didier Cohen Gives Us The Skinny On Fashion's Brat Pack
We sat down with model, DJ and Australia's Next Top Model mentor, Didier Cohen, to find out what he thinks of the fashion industrys 'It Models' of the moment.
“She’s killing it. Especially what she has done, it could have been a negative for her because her mum was on Housewives, that could have actually dampened her career and the way she has spinned that is really great. She’s shooting everything at the moment and I can totally see a gradual progression into TV and film, you can just see it. She’s starting to speak more and the video clip she did with Calvin Harris, you can see that progression and I think she’s going to have a long lasting career.”
“I mean she’s dating The Weeknd so that’s the dopest thing you can do. I wish that I could date The Weeknd if I was a girl. She’s good. To me he’s one of the most inspiring people in the world so if he sees something in her I think she’s probably doing something right. That family has got good genes!”
“Kendall Jenner to me, I’ve got to be honest, is the only non-crazy Kardashian! They’re all crazy, they’re so over the top with everything they do. But when you see her on the show she’s stripped down not too much makeup and she’s taking fashion modelling really seriously and it’s working really well for her when she could have gone a whole different route and she didn’t and it’s obviously paying off. Russell James, the Aussie photographer, started shooting her back in the day and it really helped her but she’s done really great things, really great designers are putting her on the runway.”
“Kills it. I mean, she just did it right. She did what she had to do in the UK, she blew up as a model. I did her premiere of Paper Towns out here and I hosted it so I had to see the movie. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure, but she was great. She can act really really well. She’s dropped her agency and she’s done the transition right and I like how lately she has spoken about the negative side of modelling. She spoke about the effects on her body and how bad she felt, like a robot, and I think that’s the stuff that inspires people. That’s the stuff that, a little girl who thinks modelling is so incredible, to just think about all sides.”
“I don’t know much about her, I just know that she hangs around Bieber. She’s part of that new clique. She’s Alec Baldwin’s daughter yeah? She’s underground.”
“I mean the kid looks like Leonardo DiCaprio, he’s just got that face. He was born to kill it. I remember three years ago when he started, I was just like, “this kid is going to do great things.” Every girl is just starting to fall in love with him. He’s going to be a great model.”
“He’s a male model coming up. My thing with male models, the test is, what are you going to turn your career into. When I started there were huge big male models and everyone thought they were going to do a bunch of stuff, a few of them dated a bunch of celebrities or did music videos or a stint on a TV show but what are you going to turn that into? I could ask anyone on the street name me five male models – they wouldn’t know. They would have no clue. So what are you going to flip your career into? So that’s what I’m interested to see in these guys.
“It is a natural progression there, you’re Johnny Depp’s daughter, I guess you’re going to give it a crack. I just hope it’s not because ‘my dad’s super famous so I’m going to try and be super famous.’ You see so many of those. Her mum is so ridiculously beautiful so she could be a model but there’s not that much there yet. She has to be her own woman, she has to bring her own and make an impact.”