Victoria Keon-Cohen

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Victoria Joan Keon-Cohen (born 1986) is an Australian fashion model and activist.

Modelling career[edit]

Keon-Cohen started her modelling career at 15 in Australia upon winning the Girlfriend magazine model search competition in 2002 (under the stage name Victoria Boston).[1] She has walked the runway for designers such as Chanel, Vogue, Dior, Replay and Armani and appeared in advertising for brands including Levis, David Jones.[2]


Keon-Cohen was educated at Lauriston Girls School in Melbourne, Australia class of 2003.[3]


In December 2007, Keon-Cohen approached Actors Equity in the UK to represent models for Union protection. Keon-Cohen became a spokesperson for models' rights on behalf of Equity. She was the founding chair of the Equity Models' Committee from 2007 to 2012. The Guardian named her in the top 30 names to watch as a new radical[4] and Marie Claire magazine described her work as a "pioneering campaign".[5] Working with Equity, the Model Programme was formed, an alliance between the British Fashion Council, Association of Model agencies, the Equity models committee and the Greater London Authority to address the fashion industries health issues and wellbeing of models, including the first Code of Conduct for London Fashion Week.[6] She continues as an active member of the Equity Models Committee and representative in the media. In 2013 Equity announced the first agreement signed with British Vogue.[7][8][9]


In 2011 Keon-Cohen worked as personal costumer to Robert De Niro on film Killer Elite.[10] In 2012 she arranged the UK premier screening of Girl Model, a documentary about the supply chain of young girls from Siberia in to the Japanese modelling market.[11] In 2012 she made her first short film called Eternal Return also raising awareness of charity Bipolar UK.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Victoria is the youngest of three daughters of prominent Australian barrister Bryan Keon-Cohen QC, junior counsel for the plaintiff in Mabo v Queensland (No 2).[13] Her sister Emily Keon-Cohen also worked as an international fashion model. Victoria was romantically linked with Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 2012.[14][15][16][17]


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  2. ^ Roy, Rebekah. "An Interview with Victoria Keon-Cohen". Stylist Stuff. Retrieved Feb 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lauriston Girls School". Lauriston Girls School. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ Louise, France (9 March 2008). "Meet the new radicals, Top 30 names to watch". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Why Models Needed Union Protection". Marie Claire. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Equity's Models' area". Equity UK. 
  7. ^ Adams, Rebecca (9 April 2013). "Equity Model Code of Conduct signed by British Vogue". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ Mokoena, Tshepo. "The Model Union". Dont Panic. Retrieved 20 Feb 2012. 
  9. ^ "Top Stories of 2010". Jezebel. 
  10. ^ "Our Alumni". Lauriston Girls School. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ "Girl Model UK Premier". Dogwoof Ltd. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ Keon-Cohen, Victoria. "Model and filmmaker Victoria Keon-Cohen blogs about the genesis of her first film.... Eternal Return and its links to mental health charity Bipolar UK". The Good Web Guide. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "About Bryan Keon-Cohen". Retrieved Aug 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "MoS Diary: How Henry VIII star was tamed - by society 'queen' Victoria". Daily Mail (London). 9 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Is Jonathan Rhys Meyers engaged to new girlfriend Victoria Keon-Cohen?". Cele bitchy. Retrieved Dec 10, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Victoria Keon-Cohen Pictures". Zimbo. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "There’s something about me physically which makes me look just a little bit dangerous…". The Irish Sun.