Teale Coco is Australian model, fashion designer and photographer. With bold, empowering messages and designs representing all forms of female sexuality, she sat down with the HONEY team to discuss all things FEMALE.
*Styling, hair & makeup Teale Coco; Photo: Sean Higgins
A Chat With Teale Coco
HS: Tell us about Teale Coco
Teale Coco began as a concept for custom fitting accessories that I could wear under or over clothing.They had such a great response online so I came up with the idea for manufacturing and selling them during a modeling trip in Japan.
HS: Do the clothing or the brand reflect your own sexuality?
I think it is most definitely an expression of myself. I take my designs as personal projects that represent my own creativity in styling and art.
I am a very submissive person in my sexuality. In my character, I am more dominant and in control.
HS: Your personal instagram is Evil Angel – why did you pick that name?
That is my nickname my mother has given me since I was a child. she used to say I was beautiful like an angel but evil like a devil;all in a playful manner, of course. Hence, EVIL ANGEL was born.
HS: What are the unspoken elements of fetish culture?
i think that it depends on your fetish. most people just like to feel comfort or restriction. People have described my designs as feeling as though they are being given a hug.
HS: Do you think fetish culture brings us closer to our human nature or animal nature?
I think that it brings it closer to our animalistic roots of desire and pleasure. We should do what feels good and comes naturally.
HS: Do you ever have a hard time reconciling your own beauty with the
Desire to include all ‘others’ in your brand? we understand you create adjustable sizes to cater to all sizes, yet you are beautiful in a modelish-sense and thin. we wondered how you reconcile those things or if they ever come up.
All my designs were based upon the concept of adjustability because i have seen the fashion industry first-hand through modelling and noticed where it was lacking. I wanted to create something that EVERYONE – regardless of shape or size – could wear COMFORTABLY! That is most important. i like to show my designs on people of all genders and sizes so people can feel comfortable knowing it will fit their bodies.
HS: What are some of your favorite parts about femininity?
I think that we need both feminine and masculine characteristics in our personalities to be able to empathise and truly connect with eachother. Ithink the best part about embracing our femininity is being in touch with creation of life and earth… to truly connection with our emotions and communicating that with empathy and passion.
HS: You tend to post pictures with motivating statements or quotes beneath them; is one of your goals to motivate women?
To inspire and motivate all sexes. I write quotes or I focus on one subject and talk about it in an optimistic, positive away. Everyone has their struggles and we often share the same ones. I hope to inspire people to do their best, live their life and be who they want to be.
HS: What was your favourite time in history fashion-wise?i would have to say 90’s fashion. i was born 92′ and a huge influence on myself as a child that continues into my current fashion inspirations.
HS: What is next for Teale Coco — what would be your ultimate goal?
expanding more into the clothing side and out of accessories.