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Supermodel Coco Rocha is not anorexic, okay? She’s allegedly healthy—and beautiful

Coco Rocha (Image: Jason Hudson)

On Tuesday night, at the Bank of America Tower in New York City, supermodel Coco Rocha was a guest speaker at David B. Herzog’s event promoting the idea that “health is beauty.” Rocha and Doutzen Kroes got involved to illustrate the expectations of the fashion industry, which are notoriously unhealthy. Rocha says she felt pressure early in her career, claiming a modelling agent once said, “The look this year is anorexic. We don’t want you to be anorexic, just look it.” She was only 15. Kroes and Rocha are taking part in a Council of Fashion Designers of America-sponsored mentorship program in which seasoned models team up with younger models to help them along the way. We’re just wondering what world these people are living in, because industry standards haven’t changed that much at all (being skinny is still a model’s ticket to being a model—plus-size models, while championed by some, are still handpicked as novelties by international designers). Even the “designers, nutritionists and trainers” that Rocha alleges are around to “support the industry” are just a means to a skinny, preferably well-toned end. To think Coco Rocha used to be “fat.”

Spreading the Word: Health is Beauty [Vogue]

  • Coco Rocha

    “Kevin Naulls is allegedly a reporter-and beautiful”

    To see the context of my statements go here:

    Coco Rocha

  • coco fan

    Thanks Coco! I think the fashion industry is better off with you in it.

  • coco fan2

    Coco, its great that you followed up with this ‘alleged reporter’ who hopefully reads your article/blog
    to take a cue on how to properly write one. You’re one of the most seemingly down to earth and very talented
    model who is also proactive in causes you believe in, this one as well as others,
    You set a great example of how, not just a model but anyone especially in the public eye, can contribute to our global community…and I’m proud you’re a fellow Canadian.