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Coco Rocha Takes A Stand

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.


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.”

You can read Coco’s full statement on her blog, Oh So Coco, or on the Modelinia website. Tell me: what do you think of the weight debate in the fashion industry? Is Coco on the right track?

16 Comments

  1. isquisofrenia

    February 19, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    oh yeah ive heard of this
    whasts up with that
    they are all crazy!!

  2. isquisofrenia

    February 19, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    oh yeah ive heard of this
    whasts up with that
    they are all crazy!!

  3. Anne Agoren

    February 19, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    I think it is disgraceful to tell 15 year girls they are too fat. I am a designer and I once lost 23kgs due to illness, it took me 3 years to get healthy. I was a US size 2 and near to death’s door,so believe me I know what happens when you are that thin. Support healthy, curvy women becaue there are more of us out there than skinny girls which in fact men hate!

  4. Anne Agoren

    February 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    I think it is disgraceful to tell 15 year girls they are too fat. I am a designer and I once lost 23kgs due to illness, it took me 3 years to get healthy. I was a US size 2 and near to death’s door,so believe me I know what happens when you are that thin. Support healthy, curvy women becaue there are more of us out there than skinny girls which in fact men hate!

  5. Beauty Is Diverse

    February 19, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    She looks fine to me.

  6. Beauty Is Diverse

    February 19, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    She looks fine to me.

  7. Kristin

    February 20, 2010 at 3:28 AM

    Too fat. Are you kidding me?

  8. Kristin

    February 19, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    Too fat. Are you kidding me?

  9. Marz

    February 21, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    Ummmm, she’s too fat?! Wow. The industry has got to fix itself from the inside, and Coco, being a model who has considerably more influence than a teen just starting out is surely on the right track. The runway is to see clothes, if the models looks healthy then that’s whats going to make me want to buy it. I’m less likely to even covet something when it looks like its been pasted on a skeleton.

  10. Marz

    February 21, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Ummmm, she’s too fat?! Wow. The industry has got to fix itself from the inside, and Coco, being a model who has considerably more influence than a teen just starting out is surely on the right track. The runway is to see clothes, if the models looks healthy then that’s whats going to make me want to buy it. I’m less likely to even covet something when it looks like its been pasted on a skeleton.

  11. phuong

    February 21, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    too fat, too thin, it never stops..

  12. phuong

    February 21, 2010 at 6:27 AM

    too fat, too thin, it never stops..

  13. Kashaya

    February 21, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    That’s insane! She’s not at all fat, I get so sad when I hear stories like that…

  14. Kashaya

    February 21, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    That’s insane! She’s not at all fat, I get so sad when I hear stories like that…

  15. Fly Girl

    February 21, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    The modeling industry does so much to distort women’s body image and self esteem. I’m glad she’s fighting back.

  16. Fly Girl

    February 21, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    The modeling industry does so much to distort women’s body image and self esteem. I’m glad she’s fighting back.

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