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Fab Flash: Coco Rocha Speaks Up At The CFDA Model Health Discussion

"She wakes up in the morning, goes to the bathroom to take a shower and runs by the full-length mirror because she can't bare to look at herself naked. She only weighs 104 pounds, but all she can think is, I need to be thinner. She hurries to her first show, where she promises herself she'll eat a few grapes. But when she gets there, there's nothing but pastries. First looks are called, she puts on her dress and it takes three people to zip her up. The dresser makes a joke, 'We almost had to call the agency and tell them you didn't fit.' All the girl can think is, I better not eat until tomorrow." Those were the words of model Coco Rocha as she described a day in a model's life at the CFDA discussion on "The Beauty of Health: How the Fashion Industry Can Make a Difference."

To read more about the discussion and what Coco had to say,

In conjunction with CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors, the model and her colleagues spoke up about the imminent health dangers of modeling in an industry where the pressure to stay thin is heavier than ever. Rocha told the audience: "They said, 'You need to lose more weight — the look this year is anorexia, and although we don't want you to be anorexic, we want you to look it,'" she recalled. "My question is, how do you look anorexic unless you actually are?"

The discussion aimed to shed light, knowledge, and understanding on the pressures models experience with the rest of the fashion industry. Along with encouraging agencies to work with nutritionists and trainers, Kors suggested for people to treat the models not at mannequins, but as actual people. The meeting was very necessary and hopefully made more of a step in the direction towards healthier models.


FlyyGirl FlyyGirl 9 years
i cant imagine someone telling me im fat at 104 lbs. i'd kick their butt if they said that to me now and im a very normal 133 lbs... nowhere near model size! I'd say, how bout YOU get in this dress if you think Im too big! insanity. these girls are beautiful as they are and to think theyre being told otherwise is so sad..
Karitas Karitas 9 years
This is so disturbing I dont even have the right words to actually convey how I feel about the subject...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
schmexy schmexy 9 years
kudos to Coco for speaking out! she's one of my fave models and I really appreciate how down-to-earth she is. kudos to DVF and MK too for supporting this movement.
crazygal1488 crazygal1488 9 years
just saw coco yesterday..she looked a lot healthier (but still so tiny!) than many of the other models at the event who were taller and even skinnier. she is definitely a great role model for the industry, and my favorite for sure!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
"the pressure to stay thin is *heavier* than ever" Pun intended?
ranksubjugation ranksubjugation 9 years
Um, if designers want "hangers," then why don't they just use hangers?? It is so sick to even think that a human being might aspire to be a quarter-inch-thick piece of plastic. Maybe the models could form a union and frickin' strike the hell out of the next big fashion show -- in the hopes of raising the standard sample size and stuff.
shayela shayela 9 years
Coco Rocha is wonderful, not only when it comes to the weight issue. I was reading something a couple months ago about her teaching dance to children? Something along those lines...anyways, wow, 104 lbs. is crazy. Kudos to her for taking a stand. Body image is one of the things that makes fashion so difficult to handle sometimes.
neonbee neonbee 9 years
I'm just shocked right now. But Coco made a very smart move. It's great that a model is speaking out about this.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
The anorexic quote is like something you would hear in The Devil Wears Prada or something. But they are serious. So ridiculous. Bravo to Coco for taking a stand.
Danz Danz 9 years
So messed up. Resizing human beings to fit into clothes when it should be the other way around.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I really commend her for speaking out and understand the issues that models face in the fashion world. It is horrible how the business places so many young girls health on the back burner to make clothing look good. Things definitely need to change However I also have to think that these girls do not have to be models. If they do not like feeling this horrible pressure to be anorexic that designers and agencies place then why stay in the business? To me it would make more of a stand to boycott or quit modeling instead of just talking about it. There is a lot more these girls can do in life than modeling and they can be healthy too. Just playing devils advocate
Taadie Taadie 9 years
Its kinda crazy to think that all they have to do is make the sample size larger. Just make the clothes in a size 4 or 6 for the runway and they would be able to eat.
inoiazotro inoiazotro 9 years
she is one of the most grounded models. she always comes across as so mature and aware in her interviews
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
Good for Coco for saying something. I don't like the idea of alienating naturally thinner models (even though some of them are younger anyway therefore have a different weight range anyway) but designers need to stop with the ridiculous weight expectations.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
God for her! Tell the world!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
how brave, of her to say something public like that, yes we all hope they hear her....
tepiza tepiza 9 years
I would die to look like her and it's so unfair how they make her feel so imperfect. Coco Rocha is one of my favorite models and I would never ever want to see her any thinner than she is now.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I read a comment somewhere where a designer supposedly said that models were supposed to be like hangers for the clothes - that he didn't want people looking at the models, he wanted them looking at his designs. What warped thinking!
lawchick lawchick 9 years
wow, 104 lbs and you know she's tall -- that is a size 0 for sure! how can these women get any smaller?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years can you LOOK anorexic if you AREN'T anorexic? Sheesh - this is crazy!
uniko509 uniko509 9 years
The modeling industry is nuts. It's true that a lot of clothes look better on longer and leaner people, but what we should focus on more are clothes that actually fit real people and look gorgeous at the same time.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I agree missyd. :barf:
missyd missyd 9 years
WOW 'You need to lose more weight — the look this year is anorexia, and although we don't want you to be anorexic, we want you to look it,'" I cant believe they would actually say that to someone. It's like saying, "we dont WANT you to ahve cancer, but if you could just look like you do and display every symptom and side effect, that would be great". HOW SICK
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