Coco Rocha still goes door-to-door to spread her Jehovah’s Witness faith

Last year, I covered Coco Rocha’s appearance on the cover of Fashion Magazine, which was notable mostly because of Coco’s interview. I didn’t know much about her, so I was surprised to learn that she is a practicing Jehovah’s Witness who, in her own words, “believes in everything the Bible has to say. I’m a Christian first and a model second.”

Well, Coco is still talking about her faith, probably because she’s promoting The Face, which starts in February on Oxygen – and these photos of Coco are from the NBC Winter Press Tour last week too. In the new issue of Du Jour Magazine, Coco discussed how difficult it is and how solitary she feels being the Jehovah’s Witness around:

Model Coco Rocha talks about the challenges of being a devout Jehovah’s Witness in the new issue of Du Jour.

“There aren’t many Witnesses who are in the public eye. I can’t even name any,” says Rocha. “So, yeah, it’s hard sometimes when you’re here alone. You’re not there with someone who can hold your hand and say we’ll do this together.”

Rocha still goes door to door every few months to spread her faith.

She notes, “Some people think we’re a pushy religion, but if you’re not interested, just say so.”

[From Page Six]

I can’t remember the last time a Jehovah’s Witness came to my door – it’s been years! I don’t mind them at all, but I live in a super-churchy area. I’m more likely to get Baptist preachers or Mormons knocking on my door, trying to convert me. I swear, I once answered my door half-naked (I was about to get into the shower when I heard the knock) and the Baptist preacher at my door really thought he was going to save my soul, like he had me on the hook or something. What would you do if Coco Rocha came to your door? I would probably invite her in and try to feed her.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Monie says:

    …and offer her some Invisilign braces.

  2. Redheadwriter says:

    I don’t know who this is but I read the headline as “cockroach” goes door to door.

  3. carrie says:

    she looks awfully skinny and ugly on the pics (the outfits are …beurk!)

    i worked with a Scientologist once and actually i’m working with a Jehovah’s Witness and i prefered to work with the Scientologist because he never did prolelytism at work.
    When you work in medical,Jehova’s Witness are the most complicated to work or treat in my opinion

  4. Lee says:

    She is appallingly, horrendously skinny. She looks like a photoshopped skinnified “after” pic in an ad for one of those irresponsible clothing companies. Just wow. I have nothing to say about her religion, except, whatever.

  5. Lizzie K says:

    Don’t know if this has any truth to it at all, but a recent blind item on another site said that Naomi Campbell recently punched out one of Coco’s teeth after becoming enraged by Vladamir Doronin having a conversation with Coco. Supposedly Coco got some shots in on Naomi too.

    I would just love it if Naomi’s recent beatdown was by friends of Coco! (I’m just not a nice person!)

  6. Jenna says:

    I’d probably say no thank you, I’m non-denominational. But good for her, and all that jazz.

  7. V4Real says:

    One thing I can say about Jehovah Witness is that they will make you hide in your own house.

    Soon as that doorbell ring and you peak out the window you’re parents are like shhhh, get down, it’s them.

    • tessy says:

      I grew up on a farm, and we used to hide in the bush when we saw them coming down the road. I remember one time someone hollered “the J-Dubs” are coming and the entire family scattered except for my littlest brother who was 4 who was left standing out in the driveway. We could hear them asking him, where are your parents little boy? We were hiding behind trees snickering away. This was 50 years ago. Now I just tell them I’m not interested.

      I work with a former one, they shun her because she couldn’t give up smoking after her husband died. Not a great endorsement for a religious organization.

      What ever is that girl wearing??

  8. PrettyTarheel says:

    I had an employee who was JW and it was a pain. No one got Christmas presents until he “left.”

    Seriously, the most interesting thing about the JW approach to life is their financial planning, or lack thereof. Some JW (not all, so no one blow their yelling quota by blasting me) do not believe that they will live to old age as the world is going to end, so they do not make long-term investments or purchases. It explained a lot about that employee’s approach to life (get $ in the here and now, and no worries about the future. Disturbing for a 63 year old man.)

    • Jillian says:

      I live next door to a JW family, mom, dad and three kids. They seem to have an odd approach to finances as well. What I find most disturbing is they isolate their kids. They pulled them out of school years ago and “home school” them. The teenagers never have friends over and I guarantee the 19 yr old daughter has never been on a date. What I dislike most about the religion, is if your children choose to leave the church, you must disown them and the congregation will pressure you to do so.

      • aims says:

        True on everything you said. I could go on, but won’t. I married into a witness family,know about it first hand. Cray cray.

      • Cazzie says:

        In my junior high school there was a JW family – the brother was one year older than me, and the sister was my age. They stood out because of their homemade clothing.

        I remember my math teacher telling me that when the daughter entered ninth grade, her parents took her out of all the honors classes she was in and had her enrolled in the more basic curriculum. The school officials met with the parents a bunch of times trying to keep the girl on the honors track, but the parents refused – they said that “She wouldn’t be needing it.”

        The most the teachers were able to do was to get the JW parents to allow their daughter to stay in one honors class. Very odd.

      • RN says:

        I also have a JW family as neighbors (their daughter is my daughter’s age). Their daughter is an only child and she is isolated from everything except school. Even at school, she is pulled out and not allowed on field trips, overnight trips and Halloween. Our children aren’t even allowed to wear Halloween costumes or celebrate it at school, so it’s strange to me that she’s still removed by her mother.

        The mother and I have chit-chatted briefly. I can’t see developing a deeper relationship with her as I simply can’t wrap my mind around a rational human being believing what JWs believe.

    • GByeGirl says:

      They also strongly discourage going to college, as when most young JWs leave home and begin to use their minds, they leave the religion. Trade schools where you get out quickly and stay close to home are acceptable if you can’t possibly make any sort of living elsewhere.

  9. Arlene says:

    Or, you know, if folk were interested, let them come to you and stop bothering people at home. * is already fed up after second shower of god people in 2013 have darkened doorstep*

  10. Vanladeelite says:

    She is gorgeous, good for her.

    FYI with comments like “she needs a sandwich” be OK with someone saying “eat less” to your face as well. It’s so so rude. I don’t know why people think it’s OK.

  11. Effy says:

    Okay, good for her, but what is she wearing?!?

  12. poppy says:

    only if she comes dressed like that, makeup as well.

    why bother recruiting if your faith only allows 144,000 folks into heaven? seems like they filled that quota decades ago.

    i swear, y’all know how to pick the very best pictures! makes my day.

  13. Sweet Dee says:

    I would say nothing, make a snarky face, and slam the door in her face, just like I do to the Mormons. If I wanted to know about your crackpot religion, I’d Google it.

  14. Runs with Scissors says:

    She looks like a tiny little dog with a light-bulb-shaped head.

  15. Thiajoka says:

    Our two big dogs died over the course of 2011, 2012, both of old age. I never missed them so much as this last weekend when a couple of Witnesses knocked on our front door. Previously, the dogs would look out the window, see the proselytizers roaming our street and ask to go outside where they would lay in wait to bark at them as they passed our house. While those dogs lived, not one Witness, Mormon, Baptist ever came into the fenced area of our front yard to knock on the front door.

  16. SandyStrange says:

    Honestly, as thinness goes, I’d say she isn’t that bad for a model. I could be wrong, maybe the outfit fills her out some, but she isn’t that scary thin imho.

  17. aang says:

    she has talked about healthy weight before and now she looks like this??? scary skinny. her face looks like the dead sister in pet semetary.

  18. Toot says:

    I’m seriously thinking about getting a “No Soliciting” sign for my door. I’m not religious and don’t want to have to tell someone I’m not interested.

  19. blonde on the dock says:

    They’ve always been very pleasant when they’ve come to my door. I simply tell them Jesus has come and gone, have a nice day and shut the door.

  20. KellyinSeattle says:

    I found a way to get rid of the Jehovah’s Witnesses who who constantly came to my door; I invited them, and acted a little bit crazy. It worked ; they haven’t come back!! I thought Coco Rocha was a candy.

    • BestJes says:

      I just tell any religious door knockers that I renounced god years ago and therefore am iredeemably doomed to hellfire. No point trying to convert me. Then I shut the door. I don’t go to their houses of worship on Sundays and tell people I’d like to talk to them about anarcho-syndicalism so I think it’s rude that they intrude on my deeply held religious practice of sleeping in on weekends and not being woken by nutters.

  21. Just Me says:

    I just smile politely when the JW come calling and say “I’m a Roman Catholic” emphasizing the ROMAN, and then just as politely shut the door. I know a JW at work and I just avoid the subject with her. She’s smart enough not to try and proselytize me!

  22. lucy2 says:

    Sorry, any religion that has its members go uninvited to a person’s private home and tries to convert them IS pushy.

  23. Silver says:

    Jw are the best set of ppl to be with.both in school and at workplace.make them your friend and you will never regret it

  24. Dreamyk says:

    Is she ill? Does she have a disease? She looks like she’s dying :(

  25. taxi says:

    She does appear to have lost weight since she was criticized a while back for being “too heavy”. She appeared to have normal body weight at one time – this is thinner than she was a year ago. Or greatly photoshopped.

  26. eXJW says:

    people come on JW’s are not that bad, honestly if you request them to stop coming over they will for years and then check to see if you still live there, WOW easy no?
    there is your trick
    Also as far as belief, the religion itself is not bad but some people take the approach of “im holier than thou” and go nuts, even selling their houses etc…
    But the religion itself does not advice them to that. I dont know how else to explain it. Also they are supposed to celebrate pagan holidays such as Christmas and Halloween, but some take an extreme approach. It does say to preach to others but you are supposed to be extremely respectful. As I said some people are nutz but that is in every religion, you might be working with JW’s and even know it because some are not nutz, I work with about 6 and I didnt even know until recently and one is even an elder.

    • GByeGirl says:

      Actually, back in the 70s they DID advise people to sell their homes, quit jobs and go full time preaching because the end was supposed to happen in 1975. They try to deny it, and they’ve scrubbed those articles from the website archives, but my family still has the bound editions stating this information.

      Did you know that if a JW and a non-believer were married and then get divorced, there is a special document that the elders use to coach kids on what to say, and other various tactics to get full custodial rights awarded to the JW parent.

      Sure, they are going to be normal to you now, how else would they get people in at all?

      • goodzilla says:

        I´m sorry GByeGirl but JW’s don’t denie what they’ve done in the past, perhaps you should take a look in a more recent book that was published telling their history, and as far as selling houses and stuff like that what is taught is that one shouldn’t make material possessions the most important thing in life, because that could end up taking off the atention of what really matters that is being a good christian. If someone goes bananas and sell all their stuff because of this is on their own expenses, not the religion…

      • GByeGirl says:

        I put the link in the wrong response, but see above. They are praising people who have decided to sell everything and go preaching full time.

  27. Shoe_Lover says:

    not a pushy religion my ar$e!!!
    they were always coming to my door and we tried everything; just plain saying “not interested”, telling them we were Roman Catholic, pretending we thought they were coming to our “swingers party”, “mistaking” them for prostitutes (when it was two females). The only thing that got them to leave straight away was telling them we were scientologists and that Tom Cruise was the messiah but they still came back a month later. We finally had to get a sign that said “no solicitors” which didn’t work so we had to get a new one that said “no religious people”.

    And when I was 19 I worked with one and one day when it was just the two of us in the storage room doing file archiving she spent the entire day trying to convert me

  28. G says:

    I just simply tell all door-to-door religious folk that “I’m a devout Catholic”. That usually gets them to drop the pamphlet and leave on the spot.

  29. Agnes says:

    that’s a weird story… and this girl looks seriously malnourished.

  30. Butch bang says:

    I was raised a JW and left when I was 16. I have some firsthand experience with being shunned (one of my sisters didn’t speak to me for 8 years). I’m not bitter any longer though. I just want to say that I know some can be pushy – even rude but I honestly believe that most Witnesses go door to door out of a genuine desire to share their faith with people who might be searching for some spirituality. Some come off pious and arrogant. I don’t like being bothered at home either but I’m never rude. I just say “thank you, I appreciate what you’re doing but if I have any questions, I will contact you. Please take my house off of your “territory” list.” That’s what they call neighborhoods – territories. I’m sorry some people have such a negative association with JW’s but I understand it. Religion/spirituality is personal. I think it should stay that way.

  31. jwoolman says:

    Once back last century when I was working on peace-promoting, war-stopping issues (quite sure that war causes more problems today than it could ever solve, knowing that WMDs make our wars automatically fail the proportionality test in just war theory and put civilians on the front lines, and aggravated that 60% to 80% of my federal tax dollar was consumed by homicidal and suicidal war-related activities), a couple of JWs came to my door. I told them thanks, but I was quite satisfied with my religion. They tried to give me pamphlets and I think I managed a first: I gave them a stack of pamphlets instead,I picked ones from church-based peace promoting organizations for them. One of the guys mentioned that he was originally Catholic, so (ignoring the anti-Catholic spiel he tried to start), I handed him the rather larger minibook containing the then-recent statement from the US Catholic Bishops on the immorality of nuclear war. He was a little flustered by this, but I assured him that he would enjoy it because it was all very biblical… I was very up on a variety of Christian lingo at the time and found it easy to divert the conversation toward the unlikelihood that Jesus would approve of our propensity to bomb and maim people around the world in the name of self-defense and spreading democracy and freedom, and how to decide the morality of such an approach we just have to ask if we would like it done to us ( the Do Unto rule). They walked off with all my pamphlets and I didn’t take any of theirs… I saw them only once again- about a month later, they stopped by very briefly just to show me the biblical passage of the week that they were using, which was actually relevant to the previous conversation. I don’t remember the details, except I remember pointing out that the true test of loving your neighbor as yourself is when the neighbor is a scary royal pain, not when he’s nice.

    Don’t know if my approach is universally applicable, but it does show that you can control the conversation with such proselytizers. They aren’t actually evil incarnate, just unfortunately thinking this is what they are supposed to do. They’re much easier to deal with than the real bible thumpers, the ones who scream bible verses and insults at passersby. I think there are some people who actually like to get visits from the proselytizers, who are feeling empty or lonely, and that keeps it going. But I can also remember the days when door-to-door salespeople were common, today that really is no longer part of the culture. Maybe because it is less productive (people often aren’t home during the day), maybe because people are less receptive (if a strange man appeared at my door today, I would have my cell phone poised to call 911) , or maybe just because there are easier ways (online sales, for instance) although the drop in door-to-door happened long before net access was common.

  32. KS says:

    She can’t think of any JWs in the public eye? Ummm the Williams sisters. And they are FAR more in the public eye than Miss Rocha.

    I honestly cannot stand this girl.

  33. muppet_barbershop says:

    When we’re not interested, we do, in fact, say so. But they come back. They’re like the flu.