We’re huge fans of both do-gooder model Coco Rocha and initiatives to promote health and wellness in the fashion industry. The two came together last night when the Massachusetts General Hospital hosted a panel to discuss its work with the CFDA Health Initiative. Rocha (along with Doutzen Kroes) were the evening’s featured speakers, and Vogue got a quote from Rocha that may make your skin crawl/not surprise you remotely:
“I felt pressure early in my career. I was told: ‘The look this year is anorexic. We don’t want you to be anorexic, just look it.’ This message was especially troubling given the fact that I was only fifteen. These girls needs to know that they have nutritionists, trainers, designers—an entire industry behind them.”
The CFDA has also implemented a mentoring program, “in which seasoned models counsel their younger peers,” which is terrific, considering their “younger peers” are often fourteen and mostly unable to speak English.
It’s a shame that it’s taken so long to promote genuine change in a broken industry, but hopefully more successful models like Rocha will keep coming forward.