Donahue grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, as one of eleven children. While attending Lasell College in Auburndale, Massachusetts, she was discovered by Mademoiselle magazine after winning a modeling competition. She appeared in the August 1978 edition and went on to feature on the cover of 10 more issues of the magazine. Donahue signed up with the upstart modeling agency, Elite, and moved to New
Nancy Donahue first took the modeling world by storm in the late 70’s. Over the next two decades, Donahue rose to the top of her field, becoming one of the most successful fashion models of her time. She has worked closely with many famous models including, Kelly Emberg, Esme, Christy Brinkley and Janice Dickinson and has been photographed by fashion’s industry elite – from Richard Avedon to Fran
Donahue often did the Paris collections for American Vogue along with Gia Carangi, Joan Severance and Kelly Le Brock. She also did some runway work in her early career for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Perry Ellis in New York and Hong Kong. Donahue also did countless catalogs for Lord and Taylor, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's. She has worked with numerous photographers including
Born in Tampa Florida, Coco Mitchell after receiving her BS in education from CCNY, immediately thereafter began her career as an elementary school teacher. After a year of teaching and meeting the likes of Eileen Ford on the streets of New York and Wilhemina again at an industry party Coco was convinced she had what it takes to be a model.
designer Adrian Alicea
In NYC Coco appeared in countless TV commercials and landed the coveted billboard ads for Virginia Slims and Benson Hedges. She has been the favorite of clients including Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Badgely Mischka, Donna Karan and Chado Ralph Rucci; not only serving as just their runway model but collaborating on "line up" of clothes, models and also doing fittings.
Coco on Set with Ja'Dee Murphy
Coco has been asked to speak at such prestigious institutions as FIT and the Phoenix Art Museum in conjunction with the PAM's "Chado Ralph Rucci" exhibit (who else was better to cast a light on the inner workings of the fashion industry). Coco has been and is continually asked to give seminars and educational and interactive workshops.
On location with Photographer Ja'Dee Murphy