Born as Nicole Austin (March 17, 1979), commonly known as Coco, is a television personality, glamour/fitness model, actress, dancer, author, fashion designer, entrepreneur, internet sensation and dog mom to supermodel Spartacus and Maximus. She is best known for her ample derriere which was proven to be 100% real on the show “The Doctors” in February 2012, and also her marriage to rapper/actor Ice-T.
Coco was born in Tarzana, California and brought up in Palos Verdes, California and is of Serbian descent. Her parents Tina and Steve Austin were actors who met on the set of Bonanza. She has a younger sister Kristy Williams and three half brothers. As a small child, one of her brothers would mispronounce his sister’s name, saying “Cole Cole” or “Co-co” in place of “Nicole”. Eventually family also began addressing Nicole as Coco. During her teenage years Coco, her mom, and sister moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she grew up as a tomboy, riding quads and playing football.
Coco began dancing (jazz, tap and ballet) at six years old and was introduced to the stage early by her mother. She was involved in many productions at the Albuquerque Little Theatre in New Mexico.
In 1994 at the age of 14 Coco ventured in the world of entertainment, entering a model and talent search for Beverly Hills studios, in Los Angeles, California, where she was 1 out of 5 to receive a scholarship to attend the school. The school was known for the success of many celebrities. Jessica Alba was a student in Coco’s class, who also went on to become a star.
In 1998 at the age of 18, Coco began specializing in swimsuit, lingerie fitness and body modeling while teaching an aerobics class and attending school for massage therapy. She participated in numerous swimsuit competitions and modeled for calendars, catalogs and videos. Her very first fitness competition she entered and won, which was the 1998 Miss Ujena contest in Purta Vallarta Mexico.
In 1999, Coco got invited to a New Year’s Eve party at the Playboy mansion where she met Hugh Hefner which led to Coco working for Playboy opening doors for many other opportunities. She then went to appear in films Southwest Babes, News Travel and Desert Rose.
In 2001, Coco was introduced to actor/rapper Ice T, on a movie set. The two were instantly compatible and inseparable; the couple dated a few months and then was married.
Coco put her modeling career on hold for 6 years to assist her husband in his busy day to day life, adding stability, organization and building a more loving and stronger bond between the two. During this period Coco also ventured in website design, which the biggest was her own “Coco’s World” website making her an international internet sensation, receiving millions of hits a month.
In September of 2006 Coco shot the DVD for her 2007 Exotics Calendar, the calendar made close to one million dollars in revenue and made many aware of Coco as a swimsuit model, which led to Coco securing the cover of Smooth Magazine, breaking barriers, being the first Caucasian women to be featured on the cover and making the most sales for the magazine to date. Today Coco has been apart of 5 successful calendars and went on grace the covers of over 50 national magazines while also being featured in many other publications.
In 2007, Coco launched her own self titled magazine. The quarterly magazine featured everything “Coco”.
In November 2007, Coco made a guest appearance on NBC’s, Law & Order Special Victims Unit (SVU) playing the character “Traci Bell” wife to UFC world champion Forrest Griffen. She made her first appearance on SVU in 2003 in the episode “Head” and returned in January 2012, in the episode “Theatre Tricks”.
In 2008, Coco was featured in the celebrity centerfold for the March 2008 issue of Playboy magazine. She also appeared on multiple television shows enhancing her popularity.
In 2009, Coco began her plan of action with a team of professionals for her new business venture “Licious” apparel. “Licious,” is designed for the woman with curves. While starting her fashion empire Coco involved herself in everything fashion related.
In September of 2010, Coco walked the runway in New York City Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for the Sachika Twins Fall/Winter 2011 collection. The dress that Coco modeled on the runway revealed her famous “bottom” which went viral being the most talked about dress of the season and brought major attention to the Sachika Twins collection.
Later in 2010, Coco received an Urban Magazine Award for best body of the year.
In 2011, Coco entered the world of writing as she released her new fiction novel entitled “Angel” with Forge a division under McMillan publishing.
The world begin to really fall in love with Coco when she along with husband Ice T opened up their life to all as they appeared on E! Hit reality TV show “Ice Loves Coco” which focuses on her business ventures and dedication to her marriage, family, friends with humorous moments and the lessons learned, the real modern day “I LOVE LUCY”. The show had 3 successful seasons with ratings of over 2 million views.
Following her reality television show, Coco, was cast to play the lead role Bo-peep in the Las Vegas revue Peepshow at Planet Hollywood. She starred in Peepshow for 10 successful months then returned back home to NYC to executive produce and headline her own off Broadway Burlesque/Dance show “Coco & The Vanity Vixens,” the show received rave reviews and is currently on hiatus.
As an advocate for women empowerment, Coco would take on many projects and begin new business ventures from 2014-2015 declaring this as “The Year Of The Women”. Her mission was to bring out the inner goddess in women across the globe, helping them to feel good on the inside and outside. First, she launched her fitness app “Cocos Workout World” which is available on iTunes and can be found on all apple products; she then, teamed up with the world’s largest adult toy company California Exotics to start her new “Coco Licious” pleasure products. With the success of both businesses Coco went on to partner with Rene Rofe to birth Cocolicious Lingerie, box lingerie for women, keeping it sexy in and out of the bedroom with a versatile appeal.
In August 2015, Coco and husband Ice T once again opened their lives to the world on a new day time talk show “Ice & Coco” which was a 3 week test run that aired on Fox Television networks in 8 markets, only to come out on top quoted as “The Summer’s Best Test,” annihilating the competition. During this time Coco announced to the world that she was expecting her very first child whom she revealed the sex as female and the baby to be named Chanel Nicole. To keep fans updated with baby Chanel, Coco is working on a blog documenting her experience pre and post pregnancy. A diary leading up to the life of baby Chanel coming soon. If you missed some of the action check out the Ice & Coco Youtube page. For more information on the new talk show please visit Ice & Coco.
Coco has branded herself as today’s sexy modern woman but still to attends to her wifely duties at home continuing to elevate, creating new opportunities, teaching woman of all ages how to be fit, sexy and confident, living with old fashion marriage values that work and always climbing the never ending ladder of success.
Cocosworld.com is the official website that was started for fun and received 1,000,000 hits a week. It’s a sexy fan-site where you can view photos of Coco on the red carpet, at events, and with family and friends.
LICIOUSCLOTHING.COM – Is Coco’s new clothing line. Licious Jeans, Dresses, Fitness gear and Swimsuits are made for the everyday modern, curvy women. Coco licious apparel is designed for women of all sizes. Licious provides many different styles from hot colors and custom designs that will capture every curve on the body causing nothing but fabulousness! which makes licious the perfect clothing line for all women in today’s society. Let us know your size and we’ll tailor it just for you the “Coco Way”.
Coco’s Book (Angel) – Angel is a book written by Coco which is definitely a must read! Readers wont be disappointed. Angel is a romantic sexy thriller novel about a paranormal woman that shapeshifts to solve crimes, a murder mystery that will keep readers turning the pages.
TELEVISION HASN’T BEEN A STRANGER TO COCO. HERE ARE SOME TITLES TO NAME A FEW:
- E True Hollywood Story – Hip Hop Wives
- E True Hollywood Story – Ice & Coco
- VH1 40 Winningest Winners
- VH1 Rockstar Hottest Wives
- VH1 Best Beach Bodies
- VH1 Red Hot Carpet
- VH1 Big in 06 (presenter)
- VH1 Awesomely Bad Fashion Moments
- VH1 Cult S**T Ice TV (co Host)
- Jamie Kennedy’s Blowing Up
- Celebrity Family Feud
- NBC Law and Order, Special Victims Unit(3 cameos, Episodes: Fight, Head and Theater Tricks)
- Mrs. & Misses (UK)
- Celebrity Ghost Stories
- The Haunting Of Coco
- Celebrity Home Raiders
- Celebrity House Hunters
- Celebrities Undercover
REGULAR APPEARANCE’S ON NEWS & CELEBRITY DRIVEN TALK SHOWS INCLUDE:
- Big Morning Buzz Live
- Carson Daly
- Conan – w/ Conan O’Brien
- Craig Fergusen
- E! Daily News
- Entertainment Tonight
- Fashion Police
- George Lopez
- Good Day New York
- Good Morning America
- Jimmy Fallon
- KTLA Morning News
- RTL (Germany)
- Taff (Germany)
- The Doctors (Coco proves to the world that her butt is real)
- The Insider
- The Talk
- The View
- Watch What Happens Live w/ Andy Cohen
- Wendy Williams
- The Real
- Insane Clown Posse
- ARISE TV
- Late Night With Seth Meyers
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