We all know a girl that seems to have it all – beauty, brains and talent – and singer Lola Coca is one of them. She’s a beautiful brunette with model-looks who just happens to have a knack for singing, too.
Lola describes her music as “frank, fun and colourful”, which sums it up quite well: Bad
Girlfriend is kooky, honest and funny, with cheeky lyrics that remind me of early Lily Allen crossed with M.I.A (“I think it’s important [for girls] to know [their] own opinions”). She’s feisty, cute and her debut single has even got the seal of approval from MTV.
Growing up, she wanted a job where she could be creative. And when it comes to the Lola Coca ‘brand’ and image, it’s as creative as you can imagine – loud, girly and lots of pink; she dresses a bit like a sixth Spice Girl. “Being an only child, you learn to entertain yourself, and I feel like I’m still doing that,” she says.
She began her working life as a London-based model, landing some great jobs including Espirit, but she insists modelling wasn’t what she actually set out to do. “It’s funny,” she says, “I wouldn’t say I had a career as a model. I was working many jobs, including modelling, for around five years whilst working on my music.”
Like a lot of creatives, jobs like modelling helped support her as she worked on her music. But there does seem to be a theme with her job choices. “I always enjoyed the jobs that were character or performance related,” she says. Lola Coca is a character in herself; the sexy and naughty kind of girl you wish you could be friends with.
I ask her what advice she has for girls wishing to become models. “You are, and could be, so much more than your outer beauty.” In other words, focus on developing your talents and skills, rather than on your looks.
Finally, I ask, is she a Bad Girlfriend or Good Girlfriend? “You already know!” she says. And I’m pretty sure I do.
BIRTHDAY: 27th January
FAVE COLOUR: Currently pink, with my all time favourite being turquoise
FAVE BAND: No Doubt
FAVE MAKE-UP PRODUCT: Lip liners
FAVE FOOD: Breakfasts
You can listen to Lola Coca’s Soundcloud here.