Carolina Bittencourt-Roche is one half of a very successful set of Brazilian twins who dominated the fashion scene in the late 90's.
Carolina's work as a model has graced the pages of magazines such as Vogue Italia, i-D, Bazaar and Elle, shot by iconic names ranging from the irreverent David LaChapelle to the master Steven Meisel.
Bittencourt has found her passion on the other side of the fashion trenches, traveling the world as a fashion consultant both for private clients as well as fashion labels with global reach.
The top model currently resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil where she continues to do charity work for the children of Haiti, a nation that has particularly taken to her heart and has been a central point in her life for over a decade.
HIPS 35'' 1/2
SHOES 7 1/2
From country girl, to international top model, and then fierce protector of the young generation of Haiti, Carolina Bittencourt now takes her career down a new and exciting path. Utilizing her extensive knowledge in fashion, Bittencourt is moving to the other side of the business to work as a fashion consultant.
Since she was a young girl, Carolina was very connected to the aesthetic of things, which is why the invitation to go to Sao Paulo to explore a career as a model interested her from the get-go. On her first week in the big city at age 15, she was confirmed to shoot alongside her twin sister Mariana their first job: a cover for Elle Magazine. The twin-set’s next chapter would take place in Japan where they first began developing and learning the ropes of the international fashion markets.
In Milan Carolina saw her career really take off when she started confirming jobs with photographers like Mario Testino, Gilles Bensimon, and Paolo Roversi. The fashion shows followed and she walked for Prada, Fendi, Missoni, Versace, Armani, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Sonia Rykiel, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Moschino, Michael Kors, and the powerhouse designer Vivienne Westwood was so impressed that she immediately put the young girl in the campaign of her eponymous brand.
Carolina’s schedule was now covered with job confirmations which included editorials for magazines like Vogue, Bazaar, Marie Claire, V, i-D and Dazed. It wasn’t until Steven Meisel shot Carolina for Vogue Italia however that she really solidified as mainstay. After that, David LaChapelle invited Bittencourt for a couple of photo sessions that would later become part of his infamous book and exhibition “Heaven on Earth”, which included everyone from Madonna and Kurt Cobain to Lil’ Kim and Michael Jackson; one of the most memorable and creative works in fashion photography to date.
Carolina made of New York her home base and fidelized clients like Ralph Lauren, Cerruti, Banana Republic, Versus and Anne Klein who all booked her for their campaigns and a series of other jobs that followed. In the Big Apple she found love in the form of the young Haitian businessman Cedrick Roche. The couple joined forces and started a non-profit organization in 2006 called Lakay Pam, or My Home in creole, in which they ran and cared for schools and orphanages dedicated to the young abandoned population that runs rampant in the small island. After having their second child, the couple decided to move back to Brazil when Cedrick was offered the post of Consul General of Haiti in Sao Paulo. There Carolina started her first stints as consultant where she utilized some of the knowledge acquired through years of work with designers like Marc Jacobs and Narciso Rodriguez in their studios, behind the scenes.
The top model now splits her time between the Brazilian city, New York and Paris, where most of her clients are based.