In between catwalks, model Coco Rocha took to her blog, Oh So Coco, yesterday to clear up some of the drama surrounding reports earlier this week that she had complained about being too large to walk the runway. The New York Daily News wrote that Rocha, a size four, has insinuated she was “out of favor on the runway.” Coco was also directly quoted in a New York York Times article saying, “I’ve been told to lose weight when I was really skinny … You know what, I’ve stopped caring. If I want a hamburger, I’m going to have one. No 21-year-old should be worrying about whether she fits a sample size.”
Clearly, somebody was unhappy with Rocha’s comments because last night the Canadian model penned a post on her own blog saying it was “necessary to properly express my point of view, without outside editing.”Rocha flat-out denied she ever insinuated or directly said that she is too “fat” for the runway:
“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 Rocha did still rebuke her industry, stating, “We need changes.” She asked, rather eloquently, “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.” Agreeing with opinions voiced at a recent meeting of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Rocha said she believes girls under the age of 16 should not be working, but if they do, they should be escorted by guardians to castings, shows and shoots.
All that’s well and good, of course. But the real question when models (like plus-size model Crystal Renn before her) or even the CFDA speak out about emaciated models is whether anyone actually has the power to force change, instead of these toothless “I hopes” and “We shoulds.” [Oh So Coco, New York Times, New York Daily News]