Argentine model Tati Cotliar, (short for Tatiana), is swiftly climbing to the top of the modeling world. Ranked by COACD as the #2 new model at AW10 Fashion Week, and currently holding down position #44 on Models.com’s ranking of all models in the industry, the 21 year old is a hot commodity.
Tati opened the Marc Jacobs AW10 show and currently stars in Vivienne Westwood’s SS10 ads. She’s repped by NEXT, walked for other major labels like Prada, Rodarte, and Chanel, and shot for Dazed & Confused. If that doesn’t sound like a big enough break for you, she also starred in one of our Street Style posts last week!
Once we captured Tati backstage at Jason Wu, we knew we needed to find out more about her. So we interviewed her about her modeling career, her favorite hobbies, and her crazy experiences in the fashion world.
Click through to learn all about Tati.
How did you start modeling?
About one and a half years ago, I had free tickets to go to see fashion week in Buenos Aires. I was walking in the entrance and the scouter from my mother agency in Argentina stopped me and poffered me the job. I needed a job while studying at university, so I thought it would be a good idea to have some extra money, though I was not very excited to do it at that time. I had no idea what was modeling outside of Argentina was like, what its meaning was, its relationship with art, so it was hard in the beginning.
You got a ton of buzz opening the Marc Jacobs AW10 show. Were you nervous, excited, or a little of both being the first girl on such a major runway?
Well, before doing the show, I had the chance to [run through the show] two times. So, I could see how the whole team worked so hard to prepare for this incredible, major show. I listened and saw how they thought out every detail, why this shoe, why this music, why this concept, etc. We stayed until 4am both nights. The day of the show, the place was incredible, everything matched perfectly with the collection. Everything was big, even the catering, haha. We were around 52 girls. It was full of huge models. We were all inside a box, like dolls. Imagine my face when Marc came and told me “Hi, and oh, by the way, you’re number one.” I was standing there, waiting for the signal of the organizer of production, I was listening to the Somewhere Over the Rainbow song, and all I had seen and listened to before came to my mind, I understood everything and then, my heart started to jump, and almost went out of my body. I was shaking, for the first time in a runway. I’m a big fan of Marc Jacobs, but everything seemed to be even bigger because of what I had seen and listened to before. By the end of the runway walking, backstage, everybody from the production was watching the show, and I saw the majority of it; I cried.
What is it like to work with legend Vivienne Westwood?
It is one of the freakiest things you can do in your life, haha. She has a sort of a vibe, a special crazy energy, full of imagination, almost like a fairy tale. You could listen to her for hours and everything would make sense, because everything she does has a justified reason. But on the other hand, while shooting (with her husband Andreas and the super incredible Juergen Teller), it seems that you could do everything, and it would fit. It doesn’t matter how bizarre it is, you feel so free. Everything is possible there. You can let yourself go and do whatever you want.
How long did it take to get the body paint from the Rodarte SS10 show off?
Haha, I may have a little bit still. It did not take so much, the make up artists had a special product to take it off quickly.
What’s the most fun show you’ve walked in? The most intense?
The most intense was, for sure, Marc Jacobs. And the most fun show, I guess all the Vivienne’s ones, because of what I said before about how it is to work with her; you’re able to give what you feel in the moment.
Your look can go from super edgy to commercial and pretty, do you prefer one style over the other?
No, I don’t. I like my job because of many things, and one of them is the possibility to transform myself. I prefer whatever inspires me, when I feel I can open myself to the photographer or designer, I try to understand what they expect from me; my job is to give them that. And I love that. Last season I loved to have the chance to interpret, from Marc Jacobs, to Prada, to Topshop, to Versace, to Chanel, to Tommy Hilfiger…etc.
What is your dream modeling job?
I don’t have one particular job that I want to do, I have a lot of them!! Haha. What I want the most is to be able to work with all the people I admire. I already have with a lot of them, but still more…!
What’s the hardest part of your job? And the most fun part?
The hardest part is to be far from your family and it is very difficult to find what you can call “home”. You’re changing all the time of bed, of people, of air. The manage of time in this industry is totally opposite from the rest of the industries. We can’t plan, I would say, hardly anything. Because we don’t know what we are doing the next day. But on the other hand. this is why it is so great. The most fun part is this excitement that you can end up everywhere. And anyhow. You work with different people each time, this means a different story each time, and this is great! It’s so diverse and inspiring for your mind! It’s like watching a different movie everyday!
When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do?
My favourite thing to do is go to the movies. To be able to have the time to relax and enter to a theatre (this is what I like, not just a DVD, but the whole situation of going to the cinema) and get inside the story. After that, I love to go vintage shopping. To go to art galleries, music concerts. I have the luck to live in between cities that are incredibly full of different kind of offers. They are prepared to offer culture and fun to the young people.
If you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?
I would love (still do, after modeling) to direct movies. Or to work in them somehow.
What’s your favorite snack?
Gummy bears or…ginger candies!
What is your favorite place to shop?
In New York, for clothes, The Salvation Army, for food, Chinatown; In London, for clothes, Camden Town or Brick Lane. In Paris, a vintage called Fripstar in Le Marais, and I love to buy food in Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, I love markets!
What is current favorite band or song?
Mmm, my favourite band from all times is Pink Floyd. Songs, I have a lot! I love music. But now, it comes to my mind I Want You (She’s So Heavy) from The Beatles, or Teenage Riot from Sonic Youth. Or Roundabout from Yes…Or, Sometimes of My Bloody Valentine…! Haha, so many songs!