So Elle Brazil’s May cover is out, and it features an uncharacteristically naked Coco Rocha. While the photo is very beautiful, some may recall the model’s previous statements that she isn’t comfortable doing nudity or partial nudity. Did she become more comfortable with it, or was there some foul play on the part of the magazine?
Unfortunately, it’s looking like the latter, as Rocha has released a statement saying that Elle staff Photoshopped out her flesh-colored body suit despite a clause in the contract forbidding them from doing so.
Via Coco’s tumblr:
As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress which I now find was photoshopped out to give the impression of me showing much more skin than I was, or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction to the entire team that they not do so. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract was ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.
In an industry where models tend to have little control over how they’re portrayed, it’s notable that someone felt bold enough to speak up about what was clearly unethical behavior. Luckily for her, Coco Rocha is a famous enough model that saying this probably won’t cause her too many repercussions. (At least, I hope it won’t.) It has yet to be seen whether she’ll go after them in court, but she certainly could if she wanted to. As a board member of the fledgling Model Alliance, it’s clear that Rocha cares about these issues. With powerful advocates like her around, perhaps we can hold out hope that someday these rights are extended to all models, and not just the “super” ones.