A voluptuous-to-the-point-of-parody pop culture sensation, Coco charmed fans with her fun-loving nature, eye-popping beauty and ongoing love story with Ice-T. Born March 17, 1979 in Palos Verdes, CA, Nicole Natalie Austin achieved fame as a model under her childhood nickname "Coco." Although she underwent extreme breast augmentation surgery, Coco was fond of reminding fans that her most famous asset, her curvaceous derriere, was completely natural, which she would later prove in an episode of "The Doctors" (syndicated, 2008- ). Becoming a sexy video and calendar staple, Coco saw her profile boosted even further when she and actor-rapper Ice-T fell in love, with the two marrying on Dec. 31, 2001. Ice-T's adoration of Coco and the combination of her sweet, charming personality with her larger-than-life, bodacious beauty turned the two into blogosphere and tabloid mainstays, and she made several guest appearances on her husband's show "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Frequently photographed at a variety of events and for a variety of outlets, Coco posed for Playboy, launched her "Licious" clothing line, and made the television rounds on game show and reality programs, most notably by starring opposite her hubby on their popular reality show "Ice Loves Coco" (E!, 2011- ).
By Jonathan Riggs