2.18.2010

My Uncensored Point of View


There has been quite the commotion over the recent articles about me in the New York Times and The New York Daily News. As only a few select statements of mine were printed I find it necessary to properly express my point of view, without outside editing.

I'm a 21 year old model, 6 inches taller and 10 sizes smaller than the average American woman. Yet in another parallel universe I'm considered "fat"... This was the subject of major discussion this week and the story that was spun was: "Coco Rocha is too fat for the runway".

Is that the case? No. I am still used and in demand as a model. In fact I find myself busier than ever. In the past few years I have not gained an extreme amount of weight, only an inch here and there as any young woman coming out of her teenage years would.

But this issue of model's weight is, and always has been of concern to me. There are certain moral decisions which seem like no brainers to us. For example, not employing children in sweatshops, and not increasing the addictiveness of cigarettes. When designers, stylists or agents push children to take measures that lead to anorexia or other health problems in order to remain in the business, they are asking the public to ignore their moral conscience in favor of the art.

Surely, we all see how morally wrong it is for an adult to convince an already thin 15 year old that she is actually too fat. It is unforgivable that an adult should demand that the girl unnaturally lose the weight vital to keep her body functioning properly. How can any person justify an aesthetic that reduces a woman or child to an emaciated skeleton? Is it art? Surely fashion's aesthetic should enhance and beautify the human form, not destroy it.

There is division in the industry in this regard. Although there are those who don't consider a model's wellbeing, I have had the honor and privilege to work with some of the greatest designers, editors, stylists, photographers and agents who respect both new and well established models alike.  I know there are many others out there who I haven't worked with who also agree with me on the stance on this issue.

The CFDA has tried so very hard to correct these matters. As of a few days ago at their annual meeting they found everyone in the room in agreement on changing the sample size as well as booking models over the age of 16. It's great to see how many people's hearts are in the right place because we must make these changes for the next generation of girls.

As a grown woman I can make decisions for myself. I can decide that I won't allow myself to be degraded at a casting - marching in my underwear with a group of young girls, poked, prodded and examined like cattle. I'm able to walk away from that treatment because I am established as a model and I'm an adult... but what about the young, struggling and aspiring models?

We need changes. I'd prefer that there would be no girl working under the age of 16, but if that has to be the case then I'd love to see teens escorted by a guardian to castings, shows, and shoots. The CFDA has set codes in place for their members and I'd love to see the entire industry follow. Society legislates a lot of things - no steroid use in sports is one example - its only reasonable that there be rules of conduct to keep the fashion industry healthy.

In the past, models have spoken out on this issue, only to be accused of saying something because their careers were on the brink of extinction. This is not so in my case. I actually first spoke out about this two years ago at the peak of what a model would consider the ideal career and indeed there was a reaction -  those who were the worst offenders suddenly asked me to work for them! This was a public relations ploy and I wasn't prepared to fall for that. I said "No, lets go a few seasons, lets see if you change, then I will work with you". They didn't change. I haven't worked for them.

Of my generation of models I'm exactly where I need to be in my career and I'm grateful to use my position to actively speak out against this with the support of the CFDA and Vogue. My sincere hope is that through our efforts young models will one day be spared the humiliation, the risky weight loss, the depression that comes along with anorexia and the misery of abandonment by an industry ashamed to see them turn into actual women.

There are natural human standards in how we treat one another and how we treat children. There are those who continue to trample on these standards but there are also champions of a better way. I hope that the continued efforts of the CFDA and all those who hold these values in regard will sway the opinion of those on the opposing side of the industry to ensure a true change for the better.

Coco Rocha

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Tamika Auwai said...

An honest and articulate response. Keep making us proud, Coco!

Carolina Krews said...

i totally agree with you!! u got that right!

Anonymous said...

As a fellow model who has struggled with these issues I am so greatful that you are speaking up. You will make a difference because clearly your voice is being heard or all of these articles on the issue would have never been written. Your determination and strength inspire me to continue modelling. I hope you know how well respected you are. You certainly deserve all of the praise and success you have received and everything else that comes your way. Keep it up!! Your voice is being heard!!

vulva said...

Coco,

Thank you for writing this. This is a demonstration that while heavily involved in the industry, it is possible to have a balanced and morally sound point of view.

You keep that head on your shoulders, please.

There is nothing in the world that pleases me more than seeing you in editorials and walking during fashion week, and I look forward to seeing you there for years to come.

DESIGN + CONQUER said...

We need more people from all areas of the industry speaking out about these issues. D + C salutes your bravery, Coco! Keep it coming.

Kacrates said...

Great Job Coco =) Your point comes across clearly and I totally agree with your standpoint. Thank you for being the cool model you are and sticking to your beliefs. Models like you give me courage and make the world go round. Thank you for being the voice of change.

Kelly said...

Well said Coco! It takes so much confidence to fight the system in this industry. You inspire so much hope to young models out there as well as to your loving fans!!!!
Love always,
Xoxo Annie

Stratos Bacalis said...

Great post! Well done!

Stacey Prieur said...

YOU go girl! I think its ridiculous that they demand that of models!

Not only that it trickles down to the image of women in general, creating a crazed frenzy for girls and young women of all ages to look and dress a certain way.

I agree that a healthy woman is a beauty; but a healthy woman with a mind, class, and determination is an inspiration. That should be the new staple!

SP

Anonymous said...

I commend you for speaking out on this issue. I hope that more models will join you in speaking out and offering up the truth. The industry is veiled in secrecy and the models are the only ones who can bring about a change. It is their voices that will make people stop and listen especially high profile and successful models such as yourself.

Sarah said...

Bravo! Well spoken Coco.

Jess said...

Thank you so much for making a statement about this and such a strong one :) Well-said and kickass!

Danielle said...

Very well written. It's great to see smart models out their who have integrity and have stuck to their values. You're a great role model. Keep it up!

Kadir said...

Thanks for you "Uncensored point of view" Coco..

It's nice to hear what you're clearly said..Because as you said, editors only prints out a few statements..

I think with your talks, the media and the industry is convinced to argue that "size and health" matters urgently...

You're a chance for fashion industry...Both industry and media know it...

God bless you...

Mei said...

proud of you.i truly agree with you that this misery of the industry need to be changed.

Life of Brian08 said...

Coco...stay strong and keep the fight up because, the industry really needs a conduct of conduct as it relates to models health etc.

I really feel your response and the level to which you whole yourself. Its hard being a role model in some sorts but be one or try to be one for the young aspiring models who don't have anyone to help them along the way. I am always one against the size zero requirement so to speak to point that, i encourage my models friends from the Caribbean(mostly from Jamaica) to know what they are worth.

I remember an interview by someone against the treatment of models etc saying...how do you ask a 15yr old to be sexy?

I leave with this agreement because, knowing how the fashion industry is from the outside and realizing its a battle for CHANGE..."we must make these changes for the next generation of girls."

Anonymous said...

am i the only one who is shocked by the age limit of 16? its sad that they would even have to enforce something like that, but i still feel like 16 is too young. i am a model and my weight at 16 would be impossible to maintain at 22. leave the 16 year olds in school and hire adults for the runways!

Erika Grace said...

I don't see why the sample size can't be a size 4. Very few people can actually "see" someone size or mesurements. 0, 2 og 4 is "Pa-tay-toe" "Pa-Tah-toe" to most of us!!!!

Rika Nurrahmah said...

Knowing this post is coming from one of the most popular models in today's fashion industry touches my heart in all levels. You deserve all the respect in the world, and please don't stop your humanitarian effort. Yes, I say humanitarian because the unwritten standards of a high fashion model is a health hazard and I hope the tides change in reaction to it.

I'm definitely going to reblog this post because I think it's very important for everyone to be aware of a problem that should have been dealt with years ago.

Best wishes, Rika

Hanna said...

Everyone should think like you do!!

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mimi said...

so wonderful and articulately written!
glad to see you're speaking out about this :)

Yarrow Kae said...

Wonderful Post. I spent most of my life yearning to be a model, and though life took me in different directions, I still love and admire the art of modeling, fashion, and the entire world that it is. Thank you for standing your ground on this matter. I spent a good portion of my later teen years battling anorexia, and I know many others who did as well. So, thank you for being a strong beautiful woman...xo

Yarrow

yarrowkae.blogspot.com

MrLFilipe said...

Well put.

It's a shame and a disgrace that there are writers out there who continue to write such nonsense.

People get so caught up in what they are doing and try to please industry eyes so much, that they forget basic human morals, it's tourettes inducing.

It's refreshing to read your point of view.

Lf.

MrLFilipe said...

Well put.

It's a shame and a disgrace that there are writers out there who continue to write such nonsense.

People get so caught up in what they are doing and try to please industry eyes so much, that they forget basic human morals, it's tourettes inducing.

It's refreshing to read your point of view.

Lf.

TooCold said...

Coco,you are always fit and sometimes fashion is just weird.

ediot said...

hi dear! thanks for this post. its so important to keep this subject on fire at all times.. too many feel bad about themselves. and i think its so important that the fashion industry starts to encourage more open minded designers. and i feel that everyday people should have bigger opportunities to model. not just size 0 people. i want to see more versatility. in the magazines. on the catwalk and on my tv.

xx ediot

Coti said...

I feel so good to read this great point of view from someone like you,who has been leading the industry with personality and decision. Keep your word out, there must be changes and you are making them already. You seem like a very balanced girl, your feet on the ground and proud of what you are: that is not that common at 21, be proud of yourself!

Hakèldamá said...

I'm not much of a fashion fan due to these issues... So I totally and strongly support your opinion!
It's time to use some brain and learn when the limits are reached in these matters. Pushing kids to illnesses like anorexia or bulimia... it's cruel. You can be thin, taking the proper care of your body. But it's a different thing trying to creat models who only have skin and bones!
It's great to know that people like you, who are the example for many girls and women, think this way!

Flo E said...

It's so good that you are directly addressing the issue and not skirting around it. Thank you for standing up for your beliefs.
Flo x

Tiara said...

I totally agree with your words Coco!
I love seeing the work you do from your place in the fashion industry to make the world a little better.
Fashion is a beautiful form to make art and all of us have the right to enjoy of it. We need to feel identified with beautiful things, not with the bad health of people that works for us everyday to enjoy the fashion world.
You must go on 'cause you have a lot of people who love you and support you!

Dodo said...

You've got your heart on the right place! And you have the power to chance the industry from inside! I can proudly say you're one of my favourite models, because of your outside AND inside :)

romydomy said...

you said it just right. i just don't get why the rest of the fashion industry can't see this , they are all living in a bubble.

thank you, thank you, thank you

gemsgirl said...

I admire you greatly for this. I am 5'10" and 140 lbs, which is actually at the thin end of the scale if one looks at my BMI. And yet most models of this height weigh 30-40 bs less than me- or even more- this terrifies me. When I was 17 and scouted for modelling, I weighed 135 and they would have wanted me to be 125. This was in 1988 in NYC. When did things get so extreme? 5'10" and 125 is THIN. But 100 lbs??? No disrespect to any of the beautiful, hard working models out there, but this is not right. It just isn't.

Anonymous said...

I wish more people would speak just as openly, especially models.

Incredibly well written and you're a model with brains.

Marlène Saunders said...

As an ex-model and a fellow Canadian, I couldn't agree more and couldn't be prouder. All models should take such a stance with such offenders. Designers will eventually comply as to make sure they get their favorite "girl". Go Coco!

Marlène Saunders said...

As an ex-model and a fellow Canadian, I couldn't agree more and couldn't be prouder. Every model should take a stand with such dysfunction in a world where women should feel empowered not degraded.

Designer will comply one by one once they realize they can no longer get their "girl". Or by way of getting into what they will eventually call a "trend", they will follow. Go Coco!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

This is clearly such a well-thought, articulate way to put it that all I can say is: Well said! And kudos for speaking out on this issue even though it doesn't personally endanger your business. It's great that you are taking a stand for those who aren't yet in the position to do it.

Maria José said...

I really like this post, you know better than nobody all about this topic, and you have reason. I had anorexic and I know what is , so I wanted to stop this already. i don't understand how can are there people so crazy? Don't worry! You are one of the best supermodels, they are jealous of you haha
xoxo

Sandra said...

You are so right!

chik said...

If you're fat Coco then I'm extremely obese!

What an eloquent response and I agree with your sentiments. Some of the standards set for models within the industry are impossible to reach without harming a model's health.

Kudos to your strong stance on this issue. And I like that you're not only gorgeous and naturally thin..but look healthy compared to the unnaturally emaciated look of some other models.

Mahadi said...

It's amazing that someone is actually trying to change the system. Your point of view is so right.I have heard so many girls who are skinny say the would like to model but they would be considered fat; to be honest i feel. I'm fifteen and all of my friends have a disfigured perception of how thin we should be. I am interested in modelling so I hope one day there will be change.

Cathy said...

Let 'em have it Coco. For quite a few years I have seen your face on catwaks and in editorial ad campiagns and the like. I cannot get my head around why you are skinny enough! Girl, you are hot!
There is soo muc whrong wiht this world right now and the people who have the power to change things just aren't doing it!!
Hopefully, with poeple like you who are in the industry voicing thier opinions , things will start to get moving.
I think it's disgusting to see gilrs who look like jusnkies rather that gilrs who are naturally thin and radiant like yourself. Stick thin does not always equate to beautiful.
I admire ypou so much for standing up for your morals and principles in an industry which seems t be lacking in both. I especially admire your 'no cigarettes' rule!!!
Your an inspiration Coco!!xxxxxxxxxxxx

Heather said...

You dear lady, are an inspiration for all women every where. My friend was a model and I watched her waste away to the point of permanent damage. Yet she was still to fat to do certain runway shows. She once wished that she could shave her hipbones down to be the required size. She was 16. The fact that you are addressing the incredible gap between what fashion sizes are and what "normal sizes" are is a necessity. While designers create amazing clothes, they are only creating them for about 20% of the population. I myself have suffered from an eating disorder because I wanted so badly to be thin because that meant I would be beautiful. As for beauty, you are as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside! Rock on!!

Andrew J said...

Coco, well put! I think you are phenominal and are the next true "supermodel" with everything you are doing. Keep it up and pay no attention to those who try to bring you down. You are definitely my favorite model out there :).

-Andrew J
http://MeAndMarisa.wordpress.com

Me And Marisa said...

Coco, well put! I think you are phenominal and are the next true "supermodel" with everything you are doing. Keep it up and pay no attention to those who try to bring you down. You are definitely my favorite model out there :).

-Andrew J
http://MeAndMarisa.wordpress.com

joão martinho said...

i´m youre bigest fan and i love you(perfect in dian vf, zac posen and Sophie Theallet at now) you are amaizing and you have got the perfect size really now you are not very skini and it´s cool so new york times are really stupids becouse you are the best model ever.

i love you......kiss from portugal
joão martinho


PS: some day you gonna catwalk four my colection (but now i´m really young)

by!!

Brilliaunte said...

Bang on. Much love for having the prop to stand up against the barbaric standard within the fashion industry.

Way to represent Canada!

Anonymous said...

I'm SO proud of you, Coco.

Anonymous said...

I know how you feel also Coco. When I was right out of highschool I was slim. I was 5'11", 145lbs.
My BMI score was: 20.2. A BMI score of 18.5 to 24.9 indicates you have a healthy body fat ratio. Constantly I was told I was an excellent model but I needed to lose weight. I never got there. Infact I gained weight. I'm now 5'11" 190lbs. My BMI score is: 26.4
A BMI score of 25.0 to 29.9 indicates you are overweight. You could be at increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Disease. And guess what... All of the bigger plus size models out there are winning competitions like "Canada's Plus Size Model Search" and others. I'm fed up of the rules out there! I'm glad to hear you standing up to them. Another thing that makes me angry is that they are now trying to say that the girls bigger then me are healthy. This is not true. Why can't they get it right for once & read a medical book!?

Anonymous said...

yay Coco!!!!!!!

pilcuis said...

What?? you are obviously not fat, it's a shame this industry goes too far away. In fact I think women look better with a more rounded shape. Hope this will change!

http://www.ohmydior.org/

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for voicing the opinion of not only yourself but for those who cant be heard. i look up to you so very much.

The Thrifters said...

So well said Coco. Good for you to bring this topic up. The industry does need to change it's perception of women.
www.thethrifters.net

P said...

Your heart - and mind - is definately in the right place. :3

Meredith said...

Coco Rocha BRAVO! This article is bang on. There needs to be more high-profile models and more models in general taking a stance on unhealthy, starving models. I modeled in Milan for 3 months and my roommates from Russia and Paris (show girls) barely ate and cried all the time. It was disturbing to say the least. To see models on the catwalk who are malnourished with bones protruding is disturbing and not something I want to see. The most frightening thing about it is the FASHION INDUSTRY supporting this and continuing to book these girls. Even Ralph Lauren who photoshoped the model in their print campaigns is ridiculous. She's beautiful and thin but that didn't matter. She had to be THINNER. I was repulsed and I will no longer support the Ralph Lauren brand. WAKE UP and take a stand. Even at the age of 19, girls are so impressionable and the message is that they have to be stick thin to be a successful model. Since being in the modeling industry myself, I wouldn't reccommend it to ANY young woman. It is our duty to take a stand for these girls and change the way things have always been. Self esteem is more important than being "thin."

Miranda said...

I'm at a loss for words--I feel like no matter how eloquent I try to express myself, it's all the same: you are absolutely wonderful, Coco.

"This was a public relations ploy and I wasn't prepared to fall for that. I said "No, lets go a few seasons, lets see if you change, then I will work with you". They didn't change. I haven't worked for them."

In all seriousness, you are one of my favorite models ever, and it is such a relief to see that you're not afraid to put your thoughts out here, and that you stick to your guns. Bravo.

Kadir said...

I looked at CFDA Health Initiative guidelines and recommendations...

I think it's time to apply this recommendations to the industry..In this way, You create awareness about "Model health and sample size" with your last statements..

But I know that the change in the industry cannot be done only with your efforts..It's not only in New York..It's a global situation...So everyone including industry,media,models and of course people must help for this change...

You show that you can be a leader and symbol for this change...

You're one of my two favourite model(You know that the other one is Behati:)))...God bless you..

Hannah Lucy said...

completely agree coco! the industry needs to wake up to the effects which come from the attitude that models must be thin to the point of emaciation. You are so well spoken, thanks for taking a stand :)

hannahlucyaveclamour.blogspot.com x

Sophie said...

I completley agree with you. I am in fact a 16 year old girl trying to break into the modeling industry. I attends the Ford Model of the World contest, an ever since then have felt too scared to send pictures anywhere because I feel I completley agree with you. I am currently a 16 year old girl trying to break into the modeling agency. I attened the 2009 Ford Model of the World contest and ever since them have been frightened to send pictures out for fear they won't except since I weigh 125 pounds with a 25 inch waist instead of 120 pounds with a 24 inch waist. This may be irrational since it was a contest and they're could only be one winner, but that, along with how I have immersed myself in what is going on in the fashion world, has affected me. I have, luckily, not yet resulted to anorexia in order to lose those five pounds. I think my body is great the way it is and would never want to be scary skinny. I just wish modeling ahgencies would except this. Thank you for speaking up about this.

Sophie

www.bubblegumandburlesque.blogspot.com

laVirgin said...

Your family must be so proud. You're the most beautiful person ever.

daisychain said...

Amen. I thought that was very well put and I think you will make a difference as you are a model coming out of the industry and saying it like it is/or should be.
=)

jess said...

you are the perfect role-model form young models like myself. thank you

Debbie said...

Dear Coco,

Thank you so much for having a good head on your shoulders! As a successful model, there are so many aspiring young girls who look up to you, and my heart is so moved that you would use your influence and established position to speak up with an articulate, balanced voice on this issue. I work in the fashion industry and have done many model castings and photo shoots, so this is something that I am confronted with daily as well. It is painful to see what certain poor judgment and lack of values in an industry can do to a beautiful girl's life, so please continue to fight for change. Thank you again for your strength in speaking up!! Much love to you.

Samantha said...

Coco, this response has blown me away to the point where I had no choice but to comment on your blog. It was intelligent, factual and to the point. I am totally impressed and I couldn't agree more with your stance. Good for you for speaking your mind and standing up for what you believe in.

Anonymous said...

im escastic to see this post. well done coco. when i see people in magazines who are rail thin it is so sickening because 1. we dont look like that and 2. the whole population does not look like that unless youre on your deathbed and 3. the anorexic thinness is so not attractive. keep going. much love from toronto.

▲Captain▲Morgan▲ said...

You are such a legend, thanks for speaking out about this!!! It really does need to be dealt with, it always seems to be talked about, but nothing ever happens!!! It is true clothes look good on a slim girl, but size 0/ uk 4 isn't the ONLY size that equates to slim!! I'm so happy for you to be doing youre own thing and speaking out about the "fat" claims! You know youre gorgeous to us :) Xxxx

Josie said...

Bravo! It's refreshing to hear someone who is actually in the industry (and not just anyone! one of the most sought after models) speak out about these issues. In an industry that is so influential, not just for young girls, but women and men too, it's nice to know that there are some with a sensible point of view. You're an inspiration and a TRUE model. Keep up the good work!

Celine said...

#leavegemmaalone and now #leavecocoalone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jordan Seiler said...

good luck. i find the unrelenting positive response to be indicative of an industry that knows its faults and is glad to have a forum to vent like this. if your honest response to your neglect at the shows causes any change i would be incredibly surprised. i know your work well and i would beg you to find another job. you are obviously smart enough to make it in many other industries. I applaud your concerns but beg you do yourself the favor of tucking tail and running away from the horrendous industry you are in. honestly you and i both know this rant will do nothing to change the industry and your concerns run far deeper than your concerns may address.

Amory Kipling said...

Well said. It's good to see someone who is so passionate about changing this somewhat destructive industry!

Anonymous said...

Hi Coco,

Have you seen this campaign that just launched in Canada? Cast responsibly. Retouch minimally www.nedic.ca/pledge

What are your thoughts on this?

Glad to hear an honest view from someone in the industry!

Val said...

Brilliant and very elegantly put. Thank you for taking the time to do this, Coco!

kaitlin hess said...

Coco you are truly an inspiration and proves to me that not all models are completely vapid and confrming to a SICK SICK industry. As a sufferer of anorexia and a "slave" to the model ideal , it angers me to see these SKELETAL models being constantly paraded around and held up as an ideal. You were always one of my "ideal" bodies and the fact that now you are having to put up with this BS is just disgusting and breaks my heart. I have lost all respect for the fashion industry , save for those few voices like yourself. I truly thank you for speaking out like this.......i really doubt the fashion industry will ever truly change but i really respect your bravery and strngth. Just want you to know that and say thanks .......you are FAR more beautiful then you will ever know.

Pilar M. said...

I totally agree with you, and I think you are such an intelligent woman! Bravo!

blackvilly said...

It would be too easy to say that I am pleased to see someone who breaks down the negative stereotypes that people project onto models regarding their intelligent and their apparently vapid personalities. But in truth, regardless of age and occupation, you break down many of the negative stereotypes of females.

Thank you for your insightful and measured response to a difficult subject. It is obvious that you are an intelligent and compassionate woman, who is willing to take responsibilty for the industry you are involved in.

I hope you remain in the public eye if you should ever choose to stop modelling. ♥

AR said...

I'm not sure whether you will read this Coco, but what a refreshingly intelligent response. You addressed the issue perfectly, and it is extremely heartening to see someone who is considered an industry leader actually speak out about the issue. Wonderful. You are definitely someone who deserves all the success that they have had.. and much more to come.

NEGAR said...

I love this article and am so happy that people in your position are speaking out because that is the only way things will ever change, it has to be from within.

Anonymous said...

Everyone should enjoy your hamburgers!!!Don't throw it up~

Ivan said...

Send them straight to hell! We love you just like you are.

Ash said...

I am not only proud to say you are Canadian but to say you are an honourable role model for young girls and models! Well said my friend!

Yuri said...

You are very beautiful and very intelligent too, don't need to be SKELETAL. I, as many fans of you around the world, want to you stay alive and healty. You are still very young and you'll find many jobs, this time (I hope so) with someone that really has a brain.

So, good luck pretty Coco!!
Love from Mexico

melis said...

Bravo Coco!
for being honest, for sharing your true feelings, for standing up, for being real about this deathly subject. It is becoming a serious concern for young girls and thanks to people like you, now there is a voice that is being heard of.

Mercurialblonde said...

I think the age limit would be the best way to fix this. 16 should be a minimum, but I'd even think about making it 18 or 19. I think the aesthetic can and will evolve, but sometimes creativity needs a kick in the pants to really take off. Give designers some constrictions, and they'll find a really creative way to turn those constrictions into advantages, I fully believe that.

That said, I actually have found a lot of comfort in models bodies. I'm really tall and relatively thin as well, it's just sort of how my body is, and I think for awhile it just made me feel like some weird freak alien. But getting into fashion I've come to love my size more. I bring this up, because I think this is where things get touchy. I think tall and skinny sort of has become a bad word outside of fashion, and you can be made to feel just as insecure for being that as you can for any other body type. Which I guess just means at the end of the day we need to go at the fundemental things in society which make everyone insecure about their bodies as opposed to embracing their shape, particularly with women. Not sure really how you attack something like that, but there you go.

But yeah, backtracking, the skinny 15 year old model is more than a little exploitative.

bokbocesii said...

I am so proud of you.Keep doing what you are doing ;)

ElodieVeryPetit said...

These guys are just stupid ! Who would think ur fat, damn !

Heather R. said...

Coco, bravo on this post. I know it takes a lot of guts to speak out against the industry in which you work.

I was recently thinking about the comparison to sports, too. So many girls turn to drugs and other practices that are terrible for their bodies to improve their performance as a model. Why is this praised in that context, but looked down upon in others?

It's not a question I can answer, but I hope that with the help of your post, we can at least get people thinking about it.

I'm six feet tall, like you, but about fifty pounds heavier. I'm still considered relatively thin by most. I can't even imagine the discipline you must have to remain at your weight. I hope you're doing it in a healthy way, and continue to stand up for yourself to anyone who says you're overweight.

RICHARRD said...

Hello, Coco! I think this is my first time replying to your blog, though I often read it.

I am a male model working in Tokyo, of course, I only started modeling a few months ago. However, already I've noticed how contradictory the job of a model is.

One would think you'd feel good about yourself, certainly the job of 'model' carries with it certain connotations. But this does not seem to be the case for even some of the most accomplished models.

I was talking with a friend of Daul Kim's, and it did surprise me that she apparently had the same apprehensions and reservations as I do now, even though she was, what I consider, a very successful and talented model, much like yourself.

Like yourself though, I am 'grown-up,' at just about 21-years of age (come this March 17). I can make decisions for myself, and I am mature enough to handle difficult situations. I cannot imagine though how young girls, some of whom are 13,14,15 fair in the industry.

I see many girls younger than me (alas, most of the male models around me are older than me) smoking not only cigarettes and drinking copious amounts of alcohol but doing heavy drugs like cocaine.

It really is unfortunate, but hopefully there is change for the best in the future (not just in the US, but all over the world). I don't think thin will go away, but this trend of unnatural thinness needs to end.

I enjoyed reading your comments about the article, as well as the article itself.

You are one of my favorite models. I think your poses are great, and I've tried to study them to some extent to help in my own path as a model.

Anyways.

All the best!

Sincerely,
An avid fan

Richard

rebecca said...

I've never commented here before, but I just wanted to sat that this is an excellent post and you sound like a really awesome and level headed person. The fashion industry - or any industry, for that matter - could use more people like you. I think it's important that these young girls have an advocate and it's great that you are stepping up to provide that.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

I bet these designers who think Coco's not thin enough simply can't afford her because she's the best in the biz. Seriously, I'm a photographer (in Australia) and it would be a dream come true to photograph Coco. She just gets it. So diverse, such a good mover, awesome expressions. And she has a model physique whilst still looking toned and athletic. The perfect combination!

Eldeline said...

Coco, you are simply an awesome role model to me. In a young age, I want to become a model, too. I hope the fashion industry will finally listen for the good of the models. :)

Iris said...

Coco, you said so much in a piece so short, so simple, so clear, and so articulate. And not once did you sound negative, sarcastic, arrogant or rude. You wrote gracefully, with such beautiful manners, and yet you didn't sacrifice an ounce of intelligence, sincerity or depth. I LOVE YOU COCO ROCHA. You do good work. I never knew much of you aside from occasional glimpses of your modeling work, but after reading this I humbly offer you my total respect and admiration for what you are doing, and what you stand for. I'm so impressed. I'm officially a fan.

Anonymous said...

we support you Coco! :)

GlamBeckhams website said...

I concur 100%.
Thank you for saying it in such an excellet way too.
xoxoxoxox

Elissa said...

A beautifully written post! I love all of the changes that you propose-- I've always objected to very young models being used on the runway. 12 and 13 is too young to be exposed to that sort of "use and abuse" lifestyle, and also, I believe it is irresponsible and anti-woman to show women's clothing on a supposed "ideal" who has barely reached puberty. Going along with that, I would love to see bigger sample sizes... designers who can actually create clothing that looks "model worthy" yet still conforms to a woman's body, that would be where the wheat is separated from the chaff!

Anonymous said...

you're so right.
And yes, because of eating disoders comes so much depression... I'm expiriencing it right now and I'm modeling aswell for this industry..

I really hope that this blogg makes a difference to the industry

keep rockin'that catwalk!
luvsssss

MALINA said...

i hope your voice will change this weird fashion business. i'm from poland and i've had anorexia for six years. what is the inspiration for youn girl to be pro-ana? of course bodies of anorexic models. there is many films called "thinspiration" on the internet. these are a photos of extremely thin girls, maby even children. please, don't stop, Coco. i hate my anorexia and i believe in you. YOU CAN DO IT!
ps. thank you! <3

Anonymous said...

Very well put Coco.I'm proud of you even if we don't know each other. I hope Paris, Milan and London will follow. Now you can start working being more friendly to people.

Anonymous said...

well written. i was very curious as to whether you work with the "worst offenders" and i'm glad to see that you maintain your boundaries and integrity. maybe it'll smarten them up.

I remember even Karl Lagerfeld made a comment about having to send a bunch of girls home a few years ago, because they were all so sickly skinny. I'm surprised that despite the supposed committment (which smacks a lot of lip service), that no concrete changes have been made.


from an outsiders perspective, it really seems like high fashion is the only industry to shoot its own investments in the foot. It takes pretty, young girls as teenagers, grooms them to be gorgeous and heavily desired - teaches them how to walk, take care of their skin, how to remain fit, how to present themselves - and then when the models gain some inches, usually at the height of their careers when they're reasonably well-known and have the power to do a lot for a brand (especially if doing the runway for free!), they no longer want to see them.

People like Doutzen Kroes, Hilary Rhoda and Gisele Bundchen take everything they've learned from that world, take the curves they have developed and the extremely fit figures, and start doing Sports Illustrated and Victoria Secret (decidedly very un-high fashion) for the big bucks, where they get to keep their curves and earn a huge amount of money (I assume). Of course they do some runway work, but only for particular brands, and I guess the editorials too, but it's not the same.

It does seem very odd. i have no idea if that's actually how iti s, but it does seem that way from the outside.

NikkiDee said...

brilliantly written, i couldn't agree more!

linked! : http://supernikkidee.blogspot.com/2010/02/coco-rocha.html

LaSpicyVita said...

i'm with coco. :)

the fashion world lives in such extremes - the nytimes also mentioned more plus size shows at fashion week this year. i think that's great, but as a health care professional i wonder, where are the healthy BMI 20-25 models?

michelle said...

seems like geting better shape are what women really want

Cynthia said...

The problem could very well be this (as evidenced in my video below): Designers' muses are often celebrities, who are usually the same height as the "average woman," but range between 00 and 2. However, designers somehow "forget" to increase the size when fitting models, who are usually six inches (or more) taller. Size 0 on someone 5'3" is very, very different from someone who is close to 6'! For someone to be similarly-proportioned at 6', she really needs to be at least a 6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auosPcv7PSs

Grace said...

Coco, you are soo beautiful! I love how you are standing up against these allegations that you are fat.. and I'm glad YOU realize you are not at all! I love your sass and flair so I wrote about you today on my blog! http://gracesbelledujour.blogspot.com

xoxo

Anonymous said...

I love you COCO you have a good heart and your so right. Inspiring as always! You really are such a great role model, never forget how amazing you are!!!

Zamarripa said...

well done, u are a great person and model, i agree with u about those issues, keep trying hard with the CFDA against skeleton models,
i admire u a lot because u are against that, bye
http://byzamarripa.blogspot.com/2010/02/hot-coco.html

Silverfrapp said...

COCO-

You rock! So well-spoken and thoughtful. And the award for Best Role Model Ever goes to....

Tori said...

Eloquently said, and 100% right. You're a phenomenal role model.

K said...

Empecé a leerte cuando buscabas un nombre para tu línea de ropa. Tu blog me gusta. Escribes muy bien.

Sobre el tema, quisiera decirte que tienes razón, que es una injusticia y que la gente a veces exagera. Pero eso ya lo sabes y me da gusto que lo sepas y más que lo escribas. No dejes de escribir.

Un beso,

K

Anonymous said...

Coco Rocha, you are awesome. This pretty much sums it up.

Jamie McCarthy said...

Really well stated Coco! I hope that the steps you, the CFDA, and Vogue have argued for start to happen very soon. As a young woman who is over six-feet tall and not a size two or even close to a size four, I find the "size issue" in fashion often shameful and it makes me question my support of the industry. Your post has given me hope and I believe you are an amazing role model for all young girls. Bravo Coco!

Logan said...

Your writing is well said and very poignant. I remember being a teenager, a size 2/4 and being told I was too fat to do anything of relevance in the industry. That was many years and pounds ago..but I wish something like that was spoken about then. I feel happy that beautiful top models like yourself can speak about it now though. Your frank candor helps out all young models and young women out there.

Julie said...

What a joy this was to read. Thank you so much for being a voice of reason.

Benjamin said...

Ms. Rocha,
I found your blog after listening to a piece on NPR regarding the CFDA/Vogue campaign. Your articulate and heartfelt response to this recent spate of less than positive press is so moving and so illuminating! I'm about as far from the runway as one can get, yet I am passionate about raising healthy, strong, sovereign young women. Thanks so much for your personal investment in this issue and your unwavering courage! All our daughters (including mine due in June) are the better for it.
Much love,
Benjamin in Kansas

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Very good response; elegant, and honest.

Prissi said...

I have no idea who you are; I have no idea about anything related to the fashion industry and I honestly don't care for it. Perhaps I just do not understand many of these things... art, and photography, and makeup, and shape and line and stuff :)

But on a human level, I think you are amazing for daring to step up like this and say these bold words, these words that NEED desperately to be said and even more to be heard by the millions of girls out there who do not believe they are beautiful enough for who they are. You are truly a model -- not just the beautiful face & body upon which the designers paint their visions & portraits of elegance, but you are modeling true beauty to the world with your words and convictions. Thank you for that. :)

Anonymous said...

Just an editing note: You're definitely far slimmer than the average bear, but I think you mean 5 sizes smaller than average, since sizes go by twos.

Anonymous said...

What a voice, Coco! Great to read your blog and hear your true opinion. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Lisa said...

Coco, your voice truly has the power to incite change. Thank you so much for speaking up about this long-existing issue and clearing up the media myth vs. fact. Know that there are many who whole-heartedly support your cause (me included! :) ).

You've got spunk.


Lisa

joan said...

it really is a relief that there are people out there who aren't afraid to embrace true self-confidence and well-being...

thanks for keeping your chin up and staying true to yourself, Coco!

Sabrina said...

Thank you so much for these words Coco. Knowing this is coming from one of the best model ever will make so many girls think.

Academichic said...

Great post! S.

elventryst said...

Coco, I've always respected and liked you as a model-- which is why I choose to follow your blog. What you have written above has raised that esteem and respect one-hundred fold.

Thank you so much for posting such thoughtful, thought-provoking response!

xx,
elise

Lexie said...

Beautifully written i hope they read this and get something out of this. Its so sad that the industry has come to this.

Anonymous said...

You are a very good blogger Coco, and I'm very impressed by the terms you use and I think you are absolutely right. Very good, and congrats for not letting them walk over you. However, I worry that you may be too thin yourself, and I wish for you not to be a hypocrite. I know you as a person from what you say, and I think if you yourself become what you wish models should be, you could change the fashion industry forever!

Mike Suarez said...

Coco, I'm proud of you! You are a good example for all those young models risking their lives to loose weight.
I'm with you and sure that skinny doesn't mean beauty or healthy.
You're great!

Anonymous said...

You are a beautiful person Coco! Way to make Richmond, Vancouver, Canada proud. Props to you for sticking by your guns and flushing out the power of your voice and influence in the fashion industry. Your integrity, resourcefulness, self-respect, and boldness, among other qualities, are incredibly admirable. Please don't give up hope, remember, faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains!

auntiefashion said...

Coco, I agree with everything you said, especially the things about age restrictions. Check out this article on my blog from a while ago about your friend Behati being taken advantage of by the industry:

http://auntiefashion.wordpress.com/2008/04/30/double-standards/

Harmione said...

Good to see that there are people out there trying to protect the young (and older) models from starving themselves and irremediably jeopardising their health. Would be great if the minimum age limit could be placed at least at 16 (although still an age where one is extremely impresionable). Keep up the good work.

Rose said...

Coco,
Thank you for speaking out. Thank you for speaking the truth. I don't know if things will ever change in the fashion industry...15 years ago I was a 6'2" 125 lb model, and constantly told I was too fat...I was literally starving myself to death at age 16. I don't know how adults can do that to young women/teenagers. At that age there is still so much to learn...it took me many years to have the sense to quit modelling, though I admit I was crushed.

Adults in the fashion industry must stop their negative influence on young teens. It's absurd. It's cruel. It's almost criminal.

So Coco, I admire you greatly for taking a strong stance on this. You are a supercool supermodel!

Anna said...

Amazing words Coco! You make an excellent excellent point and you write incredibly well.
You have a good head on your shoulders and I am so happy to see that you are speaking out on this issue. You are making a difference not only in the fashion industry but in every girl's world as well.

satinsugar.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

And while we're at it


How about a change in AGEISM ?


ta

Anonymous said...

BRAVO!!!!

Jessica Gregory said...

I am absolutely pleased to see that models like Coco are also concerned about the issues regarding a models weight. As the years go by models seem to be getting smaller and smaller and noticeably unhealthy.

I hope that having Coco speak out on this issue may have an impact on creating change. I am also glad that she had the courage to make note on an issue that has not yet been resolved. The change happens from within (Agencies, Designers etc). Having discussions during meetings about making a change doesn't create one. The problem is there's a lot of "talking" taking place and not a lot "action" being done.

I also feel the age limit should be increased to 16 years. These poor young girl are literally being thrown in a den with a bag of wolves. They aren't even able to embrace their womanhood without having the concern of gaining a bit of weight or inches. Although this does not apply to all models I still feel that some level of maturity and development is necessary.

Thank You Coco for being and inspiration to all models, you are truly blessed.

Cheers
www.jessicagregory.com

Anonymous said...

Ms. Rocha I'm behind you all the way. I finally recovered from a 6 year bout of anoerxia with left over health conditions. My gene pool has allowed me to be a naturally thin person, but I'm not naturally emaciated. I was a petite model, but they still prefer lanky of course, so at 68 lbs I was their favorite. Thinking back on it, it blows my mind that they were in favor of that weight and not sickened by that weight, or at least concerned about complications. I found people I could work with, but petite modeling didn't have as many options as it does now and I didn't look right at 90 or 100 for anyone. Sadly my only true way to recover was to quit the industry and get help. I see ANTM do petite's who actually look healthy and I feel my stomach turn, BUT I am happily doing music and going farther in that anyway. In the mean time I'll enjoy the record companies allowing me to eat, and you go save the fashion world. I am so behind you all the way.

Véro said...

Finally!!!! I like to read that someone who's actually in the fashion industry is against all this! I want to be a model and I'm always told that I have to look a lot thinnet that I am (58kg for 1m79). I was so shock when I read the articles about you. I'm sick to see models who look tired and hungry on the runway, it's not beautiful and it doesn't make me want to buy the clothes. Shapes are great, it proves that you're healthy. That post was the most wondeful thing I've ever seen. When you will be a succesful designer, please hire models who don't look anorexic.

MoonFlower said...

I totally agree. You are amazing, as always.

billy sencious said...

Here is my two cents.
Actually I think you're too thin to look really healthy. But this is who you are, this is your metabolism. Now if you have the strongness to stay in your line of morality, i wish you to do it. Because you are in the right, when you talk about the fashion industry. This is not a fairy tail, too many find disapoitement. There is a lot of hypocrisy, and you are not. Good for you. I support your free speech, you use judiciously your mind, you stay away from the décadence of this business. I suggest you to keep going what you think is fair, and to not listen people which are trying to destroy you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this article. I'm 15 years old and an aspiring model. I've gone to a modeling school and I have an agent; my mom was a model back in the 80's and was able to pay for college through modeling jobs and I hope to do the same. Although, as I went on casting calls, designers continued to judge me and were really just brutal with their words. They either said I was too fat or too short and one even said I had a big nose, people had always given me compliments about my nose! At the end of the day, I just cried. I told my mom I didn't want to model anymore and I haven't done anything since. When I read this article, it's really given me hope, to be able to see a successful model like yourself and you still stick to your morals and don't let any rude comments waver you, that's really inspiring! You really are my role model!
-nathalie<3

Anonymous said...

i don't get how people can be anorexic. i like food too much! love ya coco!

fashionfamous said...

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ShopHaven said...

I completely agree with you. Great article.

Coco-Rocha-Fan said...

Well said Coco! Im with you!

But please read what I found on Mexico´s Moda Newpaper:

Altought of her long experience in runways Coco Rocha told New York Times newspaper that she isn´t hire so much like before because of her weight: size 4
In this fashionable week in NY, Rocha have only participate in Diane von Furstenberg and Zac Posen parade

mon-roe said...

Coco,
I am a 15 year old with a BMI of 18.
I'm usually proud of my body, and this is how I think I'm supposed to look.
But when I hear adults actually saying that you're too fat (too fat for what, exactly?) I just feel.. wrong for a time. It affects how I see myself. I can't look myself in the mirror.

I didn't know you from before, but I wanted to know what the fuss was all about.
Now I've seen your point of view and I feel happy. My whole heart is grateful.
You and I have different body types but still, now I feel we're both beautiful. After reading what you had to say, I know you're beautiful and mature on the inside. I'm not too big for anything at all, neither are you. Turning down a supermodel like yourself is just laughable.
Your career won't be stopped and you know that.
Good luck in your life and thank you for blessing us with your words.

/a Swede

Kashaya said...

It's great to see a model that's not afraid to take a stand! The fashion industry need more people like you.

amanda lynn said...

bravo. :)

JLM[X] said...

Coco, I am so glad that you have used to your voice and continue to fight for correction in this industry. As an aspiring designer, you have tapped my "brainwashiness" and realize what brutality models suffer.

I actually did a post wondering where you top models were, which I still am wondering about despite the fact that I saw you only at one show.

I am definately doing a repost of this post onto my blog for others to read.

http://fashioncontagious.blogspot.com

Christine Gerson said...

I'm very sorry for the comments that have been said about you. Regardless of what anyone says, you're a beautiful women with a head on her shoulders. I tried modeling when I was younger (15, I'm not 22). I was always told to lose weight and made very hyper aware of my hips. Now I'm very insecure because of them, regardless how confident I've grow about myself. Last summer I got scouted a couple of times (my apologizes I'm not trying to show off, just trying to prove a point), but I always got turned down afterwards because I didn't have the right look..aka I had hips. In all honesty, I should not be hung up on these things. I should be proud of my other achievements like doing an Honors in Behavioral Neuroscience and going to Grad school. Yet, I feel bad because I'm a size 4/2 and not a 0. There is something wrong with this picture. One of my biggest fears is that my little sister (16) is going to grow up hating her body because she's not a size 0 and that this hate will blind her from the fact that she's achieved some many great things like becoming a high ranked swimmer.

My point is that you're right. It's impacting young girls & women everywhere. We've become too focused what we look like rather than who we are as a whole.

Key said...

you rock coco! :)
you are one of my favorito models ever!

ps: coco, hope u don{t mind but when you write in your blog something new you say ¨post¨ not blog. post is like anothe entry in your blog.
blog is like the whole thing... :)

kisses

so said...

Thank you for the strong article! As a young woman, it frightens me to see so many of my peers living in healthy, beautiful bodies who are trying to starve themselves and diet. My generation receives social cues from the media more than anywhere else, and if we teenage girls hear that "thin is in", we take it to heart.

Society needs to redefine 'beauty'. A body is simply a vehicle for the soul, and the soul is the ultimate beauty.

I admire your courage and integrity, Coco. You are a wonderful soul. :)

Peace,
Chelsea

Camila Rye said...

I really admire you for speaking up. If people start thinking like you do hopefully in the future there will be a healthier concept of beauty.

Anonymous said...

Saludos y felcidades por tu fuerza y desicion.
Perdo por escribir en español pero no soy bueno escribiendo en ingles.
Sabes tus palabras son inspiradoras y a la vez perturbadoras, ya que despues de varias modelos muertas la industria de la moda se suponia que consideraria la talla cero como nociva para la salud.
Gracias por usar tu posicion de supermodelo para que la sociedad haga conciencia, muchas otras y otros en tu lugar agacharian la cabeza, pero en lugar de eso tu haces valer tu valores morales y tu etica, que saben distinguir entre el bien y el mal.
Tu sabes que tus palabras tendran un costo muy alto en tu carrera de modelo, y con valor y fuerza lo aceptas, tu puedes ser el comienzo de un gran movimiento que no tan solo toque a las modelos si no a la sociedad en general en donde se piensa que la delgadez extrena es bella.
Pero la pregunta es, la belleza sin salud es realmente belleza???
Me despido dejandote, mi respeto y admiracion.

Jillian said...

God Bless you!

duckalicious said...

are they for real? anyone who would consider you fat must be out of their fucking mind! it's great to hear you don't succumb to that bullshit.

ryder said...

i couldn't agree with you more coco.
its incredible how one can point fingers @ anyone calling them fat, skinny, or whatever. im glad you made a comment on it and im so glad you refered yourself as a women! because a girl can have an extremly slim look, and a women just can't! im so against working as a model (abroad) for all minors (by that i mean until they reach 18) and im so anoyed that 22 year old girls are concider to be OLD! do we really need "wrinkle" frustration among young healthy great looking people?!? you talk- we will follow you. LOOOVE. pony.

Anonymous said...

It's nice you are speaking up however the fashion industry is so closed up that it is never going to change:) or maybe in 100 years time when the fast foods would be the only place to eat? And people will be 20 sizes bigger then the average American woman!
I have never been to America, but I was told 'You won't see a real fat guy until you go to America'
But as I read a lot I think that there should be a saying that 'You won't see a super-skinny girl until you go to America'.
Its crazy that you had to loose some weight because you were too 'fat' and it is also crazy what casual people see in colorful newspapers 178cm and 45kg...

I really wonder where are those girls intestines!

Anonymous said...

And is that your twitter?
http://twitter.com/Oh_So_Coco

I am sorry to ask but I am totally green:)
congrats on your article agai!

jess said...

Hi Coco,

Thank you for this entry. I never realised that you were only 21 (only 1 year older than me)! So young and yet you have achieved so much. Thank you for staying true to who you are and giving a voice to all those girls out there. You are really down-to-earth and awesome!

Taylor said...

You go girl! I admire you.

U-NI-TY said...

You're so right!

ang said...

Coco,

You're truly inspirational. I remember when I was modelling, always trying to lose as much weight as possible before a shoot. It was terrible I never stood up to the pressures. It has affected me to this day.

Thank you for being so strong!

Clare said...

Perfect response. You are perfect as you are.

iliketweet.blogspot

x

Coco in Motion said...

you're so right!!
you are so beautiful... for me you are perfect, intelligent and unique... i love u coco :)

kvlm said...

beautifully said. i think it's awesome that you are standing up for this and linked to you from my blog to spread the word.

cheers.
kvlm

http://frockpaperscissors.blogspot.com/2010/02/more-from-ny-at-beside-of-carmexricola.html

EDDIE CORPS said...

oh coco you have the reason
you are so intelligent model and you are a model
your work right now dot depend of your size and weight because your a top model and your work history is huge and your so beautiful
i support you and i admire your work

Brazilian Guy said...

First of all, i would like to say that untill i read your text (which was published in a brazilian major news website), i had no interest at all in the fashion world, i just used to think it was a very unimportant industry to society, formed of shallow people, with no values and no brains... BUT, you just changed my point of view, you wrote an absolutely beautiful text, a very inteligent, rational and well articulated answer.

You´re probably a very nice human being, and it´s good to have you in a position where you can influence others in a positive way. People need people like you. Right now you are more than just a model, you are a role model, think about that and what it means, it´s a great responsability!

Sorry for any english mistakes i might have commited or if my oppinions in any way offended you, was never my intention.

Cheers and Take Care!

Rodrigo.

Clari said...

Congratulations, Ms Rocha!

If we think it's not pleasant to see very thin, you models know that's even harder to stay that thin.
Bad things must come to an end, and we must fight to stop this!

Really appreciated your post!
More models should do this, so girls who want to be models should know what's this world is like.

I'll try to keep following your blog.

O Saber said...

É isso aí garota.
That ´s all right , girl
You´re GREAT

ivete biral from Brazil

Tadeu said...

Well said!! I´m from Brazil. We need to show the real beauty of the real woman and the models here are too far from them.

Carlos said...

Great post!! I like Gisele, but you're much more courageous! And much more smart! You're a nice girl and clever whital!!!
Carlos Castilho
São Paulo
Brazil

Anonymous said...

I'm from Brazil. Thank you for your words.

kahn said...

Well said love!

Anonymous said...

I just passed by to thank you for this wonderful essay.
This is a sever problem affecting women, teenagers and kids.
I´ve experienced a 7 year old girl telling me that she need a diet because she was too fat when she was on her normal size.... That really shocked me!
Aline, Brazil

Guga said...

The models are too skinny. It is unbelievable that they think normal. The Coco Rocha is fat and still good! Eat more, is good for health.

Rousspétée said...

What could be answered to that ? You express your point of view perfectly well, with strong arguments based on your own personal experience. As a woman, I must thank you: why should any woman have to be ashamed of her body, simply because she can't remain a little girl for her whole life? Shapes are nice!

Julie Maria said...

Hi!

Finally some one could tell the truth.

I am very happy for you! Please keep going! This craziness can not continuous!

God bless your courage!

Julie from Brazil

Andre said...

Coco, i am from Brazil, a place that has in the past years revealed some of the greatest fashion models ever. Brazilian women have always looked healthy, curvaceous. Because they are woman, and thats what their bodies were supposed to look like. In spite of all naysaying, they found their place and worked their way to the top of the industry. I feel deeply touched by this text of your writing. Really. I have always thought of you as one of the most beautiful girls out there. You have always inspired me, despite the fact that i'm no girl neither model whatsoever. I liked you before this. Now i guess i love you. Thanks for being here for us. Thanks for knowing there is a world beyond fashion that suffers deeply with the consequences of its acts. Just thanks. xoxoxoxo. Andre.

Lara Maria said...

Very cool blog. Greetz from germany !! Who is coming to paris Fashion week ??

aniko said...

RESPECT, WITH BIG LETTERS!!!!

All my best

Aniko

Meg said...

Coco, you are beyond fantastic, on and off the runway I am proud that the fashion and art world have such a gifted & strong woman with not only her head, but her heart, on straight and focused.

It is with great pleasure that I read your blog, your words and enjoy the beautiful images created because of the radiance that comes from within. You are a true role model for a generation that is lacking in strong, devoted, talented, and intelligent business women.

Personally I have never seen you as "just a model" or "just a" anything, you lend much more to the camera or runway than another face or body, what you stand for comes through also.

Many blessings to you and may you continue with such success in whatever endeavors your pursue. You have many many people who care and support you.

mariana said...

thank you, coco, for not being afraid of taking sides on this discussion; it's really important that people like you, who are big in the fashion industry, use their role to point out what is shameful in the industry and should, therefore, be changed.

xCupcakex said...

Skinny doesn't mean beauty. You're so right. I really like to read this from you. All models in the industry must be secretely proud of you. LOL.


P.D. Look what I just found.

http://fuzzymutt.deviantart.com/art/Pipe-Cleaner-Coco-Rocha-113571702

annukii said...

Go Coco! I've actually seen a casting in which they expected all the models to prance around in nothing more than underwear, and then expect them to be totally happy, smiling and ok with possibly the most demeaning scrutiny, and for girls as young as 15 or 16, I believe its irresponsible not to think of how this affect their psyche and self image.

I love following your blog, and your career, you are happy with what you do (the most important thing in life) and just because you choose to transition from runway to other things which suit your growth in the industry, cannot be construed as you not being "in demand", other models have in the height of their career gone on to even bigger things: Daria Werbowy, Giselle Bündchen, Claudia Schiffer and so many others have become household names not because they did just catwalk, but because they became more, expanded their brand and became the best of what they were and what they wanted out of life.

I wish you all the best for your future, and definitely admired your 1st creation for your line. You are a beautiful woman, with a wonderful personality to match, and we all love your presentation style on TV, you have many opportunities and doors in your future.

Miss Katie said...

i put a mention about this in my blog and put the link.

http://miss-danger-onceuponablog.blogspot.com/

[if you go to the link, it'll come up saying adult content - it's not true. that's just a setting i put]


you rock!

i.c. blogspot said...

Well said, you are absolutely correct!

Keep up the amazing work and change will happen!

céline said...

yes, you rock!!! beautiful and, besides, clever.

I LOVE U so MUCH
We support U Bella

Iracema, Paris.

patricia said...

congratulations, Coco.
it´s very good to see someone so young, so 'inside the market' to have strong and beautiful ideas such as yours. Patricia Martins,
architect, Brazil.

TRENDYROCK said...

i totally agree with you!
xx

Achilleas said...

i like your attitude darling

http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

The Calvin Show said...

To put it simply: COCO ROCHA IS THE SH*T. Seriously you are amazing, Coco. Continued kudos to you and your major kick ass career. Now, if only someone would upload all of your correspondence w/ ET Canada! Haha.

http://calvinshow.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Coco I love that your are taking a stand for all of the girls out there who sometimes get lost in the fashion world. I am 15 years old and I am so glad that modeling has taken me to so many amazing places that I wouldn't experience otherwise. I know I am quite young to be a model, but my mom goes with me for everything and we have boatloads of fun!! I am so glad that you are speaking out about eating disorders. I know you must hear this a lot, but you are an amazing role model and more people in the fashion industry should share your opinions in this matter. :D

U-NI-TY said...

You're so right!

Sweetgirl said...

Wonderful done!! you have all respect from me!!

Anonymous said...

Que gusto saber que existen modelos como tú. ¡Gracias por expresar tu opinión!

Saludos desde México

Faridah said...

You are a positive and influential inspiration that every aspiring model, every insecure woman, every curious child and every shallow man needs to hear speak up about this issue. I am in deep awe of your bravery and strength to fight and stand up for what's right and what's important, in a world blinded by a shady and wrong vision of 'the perfect body image'. You're a true inspiration.

Liberty London Girl said...

Hear, Hear! As a fashion editor,I agree with you wholeheartedly. Well done. LLGxx

Audrey said...

I totally agree with you! Models are HUMAN like other people and I think it's criminal to say to a young girl or someone else: "You need to lose weight" when the person is already thin and that it's to put somebody's life at risk!
So I totally totally agree with you!!!

Homotography said...

I hope your words reach all these young aspiring models. Very well written and your position in the industry gives them extra validity, I am happy to see how people are finally taking this important issue seriously and speaking/acting out on it.

LavendeR said...

i am pround of you, COCO
because you point out the great suggestion for modeling.
i support you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Coco -
I really appreciate this - I am a thirteen year old girl and I am, of course, an aspiring model, as I would most likely not be reading this if I wasn't. This may sound a little stupid, but I've already tried keeping my weight even for extended periods of time so that I could deny the fact that I am growing. This started after I saw how skinny Chanel Iman was in a Vogue spread. Thinking I could never make it in the industry the way I was (even though I was only 85 pounds, maybe even less). I thought if I could lose pounds then hey, maybe I'd have a shot. Thank you for this article - you may just have saved some of my sanity. :D
Thanks a bunch,
Anonymous in Hamilton, Ontario

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