On Monday, the New York Times published an article on Canadian model Coco Rocha, pondering whether or not Coco was too “fat” for runway shows. This particular article was yet another example of the ongoing debate about weight in the fashion industry.
The article touched on a few subjects: that Coco was no longer in demand as a runway model, that nobody was being held accountable for the casting of skinny teenagers in catwalk shows, that models like Coco are being told to lose weight when they are already particularly skinny.
Although the article causes a slight stir in the industry, Coco wasn’t satisfied. Yesterday, she posted a statement on her blog, clearing up some issues and challenging the fashion industry to do more. Here are some excerpts:
“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.”
“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.”