The next time a Jehovah's Witness rings your doorbell on a Saturday morning, open it: you just might find a leggy, red-headed supermodel brandishing pamphlets.
"There aren’t many Witnesses who are in the public eye. I can’t even name any,” Rocha, 24, tells the new issue of Du Jour magazine. “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, who first started modeling at 15, was baptized and renewed her faith commitments at 21, a year before she got married. She says that due to her beliefs, she refuses to pose with any religious or political artifacts -- most Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate holidays and maintain political neutrality -- and shies away from any overtly risque photo shoots.
And, just like that other celebrity Jehovah's Witness, Prince, Rocha says she goes door-to-door every week: “Some people think we’re a pushy religion, but if you’re not interested, just say so.”
Click over to Du Jour to read more of Coco's interview, including her stories of having to just say no to some wardrobe assistants determined to get her in some too-sexy clothing.
Did you know these other models were women of faith?
In 2012, Deyn wed actor Giovann Ribisi, who is a Scientologist. Rumors swirled over whether the Catholic-born model would convert, but she told the Evening Standard vaguely, “No! [...] That’s the whole thing. You meet someone and you fall in love with them … Like, I’d go live in a tent if I had to with him.”
Coco Rocha, who hails from Canada, opened up to Page Six about being a Jehova's Witness. “There aren’t many Witnesses who are in the public eye. I can’t even name any... 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.”
Although she made her name modeling in swimsuits (and her birthday suit), Adriana Lima is a staunch Catholic who swore off pre-marital sex. She told GQ in 2006, "Well, you know, sex is just for after marriage" and stated she was not going to have sex before getting hitched. "You mean you’ve never had sex?" GQ asked incredulously. "That’s why I have to say," replied the Brazilian beauty.
Kathy Ireland, who became an evangelical Christian at 18, has said, "I'm a late bloomer... I remained a baby Christian for a long time. Fortunately, God is faithful even when we mess up. Today my goal is that my life will be in line with his will, not my own."
Kylie Bisutti made headlines when she won a Victoria's Secret modeling contest... then started to question whether swimsuit modeling was in line with her faith."I actually loved it while I was there, it was so much fun and I had a blast," she said. "But the more I was modeling lingerie, and lingerie isn't clothing, I just started becoming more uncomfortable with it because of my faith... I'm Christian, and reading the Bible more, I was becoming more convicted about it."
Scruggs, the young model/style blogger who lost her hand and eye to a plane accident , is religious and has prayed throughout her ordeal. Her father said it was his daughter’s “relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important thing in her life.”
While not extremely observant, Erin Heatherton did attend Jewish day school as a child in Chicago.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misstated the frequency of Rocha's door-to-door visits.