GREECE via INSTAGRAM (Part Two) - August 27th to September 4th

In part two of this Life via Instagram vacation series, I survive a bit of climbing with only a minor injury, take over the CFDA’s Instagram and find an interesting snack.

  1. All of the lights.
  2. Dinner tonight?
  3. I’m on a boat!! Just a few hours ‘til I take over the CFDA’s Instagram live from Greece!
  4. Not a bad sight to wake up to, if I may say so.
  5. Exploring a tiny, abandoned island that was at one point a lepper colony. It’s not as scary as it sounds…
  6. This pic has pinterest home/garden inspiration board written all over it.
  7. On the prowl with my friend Amanda.
  8. Right after we took this picture, I scraped my back BADLY getting down from these rocks! Aghh!
  9. Taking a moment to breathe, relax and take in the view from the top.

RESET: A short film by the CFDA & Swarovski 

This week was the CFDA Fashion Awards, aka the Oscars of fashion. They screened this short film during the show where Reid Prebenda and myself play a pair of helpless singles who just can’t seem to get it right. Our film highlighted the 2013 CFDA nominees for Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year and Accessories Designer of the Year. Keep your eyes peeled for all of them!

To watch the rest of the award show, go to STYLE.com.

LIFE via INSTAGRAM - November 1st - 13th, 2012.
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  1. Posing with the shark, Mr. Brad Goreski, in his killer Givenchy sweater.
  2. Good morning NYC. I’m back for tonight’s Coalition For The Homeless Artwalk event and hoping the second storm heading our way today shows some mercy.
  3. At Liebeskind NY and I’m having a hard time picking just one bag here.
  4. My look for tonight’s ARTWALK supporting Coalition For The Homeless. (Taken with Pose)
  5. With the man of the hour, Mr. Patrick McMullan, at ARTWALK.
  6. So… Barack Obama just flew overhead in Air Force One.
  7. Pairing my Diesel hoodie with a fancy room. On set with one of my favorite photographers, Ellen Von Unwerth. (Taken with Pose)
  8. The fall colors at my house inspired my look for tonight’s Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund dinner. Dress by Suno, jacket by Reiss and shoes by Versace. (Taken with Pose)
  9. With Caroline Trentini, one of my all-time favorite girls (and models), at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund dinner.

CFDA X METS - Day at Citifield
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This summer is the 50th anniversary of two New York institutions - the CFDA and the Mets! To celebrate all they’ve achieved, these two unlikely partners have collaborated on some trendy fan clothing designed by CFDA members and available at Edition01. The CFDA invited me to join them at Citifield for my first-ever baseball game and to debut the collection. 
To find out more about my Mets-inspired look check out my new blog for my friends at  "Into The Gloss."

THE MODEL ALLIANCE

Tonight it was my privilege to host the first ever meeting of the newly-formed Model Alliance - a nonprofit organization committed to establishing a voice for models within the American fashion industry. Up until now, models have sadly lacked a formal voice within this industry. Though modeling may seem to be a cushy and easy job on the outside, for many young models the law (including workplace standards) fails to apply. Girls in their early teens are often pressured to work long hours for little to no pay. On occasion, these models, thousands of miles from home, are even pushed by adults to compromise their morals and beliefs.

The Model Alliance believes that models deserve the same fair treatment as in any other workforce. Their mission is to support the enforcement of existing child labor laws, give models redress for issues of sexual harassment and encourage a safe and healthy work environment. These are not extreme demands, they are basic human rights.

Both Vogue and the CFDA have worked hard over the years to improve the working conditions of models, despite the fact that it’s not their primary mandate. There has been quantifiable change for the better and there is no doubt in my mind that the Model Alliance will prove to be the extra push needed to expedite the changes we all hope to see.

Tonight was an amazing stepping stone in the right direction. As Jenna Sauers said, "If we’ve had a single goal, it has been to create the organization that we wished had existed when we were young models." As I looked out into the audience, I was so proud to see models of my generation like Doutzen Kroes and Crystal Renn in attendance, and I’m sure they would agree with Jenna that we have all needed the Model Alliance for a long time.

 Two years ago this month I very publicly discussed my concerns regarding the industry in an open letter and concluded by saying: There are natural human standards in how we treat one another and how we treat children. There are those who continue to trample on these standards, but there are also champions of a better way.”  Today we have another powerful champion in the form of The Model Alliance and I thank the amazing Sara Ziff for allowing me to join the board of advisors. It’s Sara’s unique vision and passion that has resulted in this idea becoming a reality. For far too long modeling has been like the Wild West - an unregulated and dangerous place for many. I’m so proud of the Model Alliance and all the models who showed up tonight. It takes a lot of guts to stand up for yourself.

For more information - www.modelalliance.org

Setting the record straight - again.

The other evening I joined an interesting group of doctors, editors, models and lawyers in order to speak with Dr. Herzog, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital, about his work with the CFDA’s Health Initiative. Along with fellow model Doutzen Kroes, I had the chance to speak before the group.

Today I’ve seen some positive and some rather negative feedback regarding the parts of my speech that have been made public. With this in mind I have decided to publish my entire speech below - Coco Rocha.

I would like to thank the Harris Center for inviting me to speak today. I’m deeply appreciative of the research, education and advocacy you provide, as well as for your outreach program to the CFDA.

I’m sure to many in the audience, my industry - fashion - must appear to be something like the Wild West. Specifically within the field of modeling, a smaller part of that industry, we are essentially entirely unregulated and this is the way it’s been for a long time now. The models who make up this highly visual workforce are mostly teenage girls, many of whom are largely seen as disposable commodities. It’s no secret that there’s an immense pressure put on these girls to maintain a specific look and, for quite a while now, that specific look has been impossibly thin. Models know they have a shelf-life, and they know that if they can’t maintain the look, they will be replaced.

Often the pressure is very direct with some designers, stylists and agents in no uncertain terms, pushing these young girls to take measures that often lead to anorexia or other health problems in order to remain in the business a few extra seasons. I myself felt this pressure very early in my career as a fashion model. I recall being specifically told by someone of authority, much older and supposedly wiser than I, that the “look” that year was anorexia. He said to me, “We don’t want you to be anorexic but that’s what we want you to look like.”  For a young girl of 15 you can imagine how confusing and disturbing that statement was.

A large part of the problem is that models come into this business at 13, 14 or 15, before their bodies are even close to being finished developing. Often they are the tall, skinny girls in middle school, with none of the curves that they will one day inherit. Within a year or two these girls are developing into women and they are not told that this is OK. On the contrary, they’re told that they are losing their edge, losing money, and losing favor in the eyes of their clients, and so they struggle to take measures that will please those they look up to. When I was younger, many miles away from home, I turned to diuretic pills to lose weight. One day, I took so many on an empty stomach that I spent hours doubled over and racked with pain. At that time I promised myself that I would never again take such drastic measures in order to please others.

To this day I question how anyone can justify an aesthetic that reduces a woman or child to an emaciated skeleton. Surely fashion’s aesthetic should enhance and beautify the human form, not destroy it.

Why should there be a difference between being healthy and being a model? In my mind, the two should be one and the same. We demand and we legislate that our sports stars achieve success without the use of dangerous drugs and supplements that would otherwise harm their bodies in the long run. Why should we not encourage and even require that our runway and editorial stars also hold themselves to a higher standard?

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After a one day trip back to New York to walk in Anna Sui’s show last night (backstage pics HERE) I’m now back in Paris for work today! A little tired…Can you believe today marks an entire year since I woke up to this newspaper headline at my front door? What a crazy few days where I was in the middle a media storm over this manufactured controversy. Some advised me to keep quiet and wait it out but at the time I decided to take the opportunity to speak my mind on the issue in an open letter I wrote a few days later. Its ironic, to say the least, that almost exactly a year later I’m now reading a series of blogs like THIS - again about my size, but now on the other end of the spectrum. One or two unflattering photos do not constitute an eating disorder. Neither does gaining a pound or two one season over the last constitute me “too fat”. I assure you, I am happy, fit and healthy as ever. I have to laugh though… its sort of ridiculous that the difference between being “too fat for the runway” and “unhealthily thin” is about 2 or 3 pounds these days. Its a bizarre world we live in…In case you didn’t catch it the first time, here’s my thoughts on models health issues. I’m still very proud of this piece and it remains at the core of my values.CLICK

After a one day trip back to New York to walk in Anna Sui’s show last night (backstage pics HERE) I’m now back in Paris for work today! A little tired…

Can you believe today marks an entire year since I woke up to this newspaper headline at my front door? What a crazy few days where I was in the middle a media storm over this manufactured controversy. Some advised me to keep quiet and wait it out but at the time I decided to take the opportunity to speak my mind on the issue in an open letter I wrote a few days later.

Its ironic, to say the least, that almost exactly a year later I’m now reading a series of blogs like THIS - again about my size, but now on the other end of the spectrum. One or two unflattering photos do not constitute an eating disorder. Neither does gaining a pound or two one season over the last constitute me “too fat”. I assure you, I am happy, fit and healthy as ever. I have to laugh though… its sort of ridiculous that the difference between being “too fat for the runway” and “unhealthily thin” is about 2 or 3 pounds these days. Its a bizarre world we live in…

In case you didn’t catch it the first time, here’s my thoughts on models health issues. I’m still very proud of this piece and it remains at the core of my values.

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A model’s prospects: Slim and none

by Guy Trebay

Taken from The New York Times

“I don’t do nudes, I don’t do semi-nudes, I don’t do cigarette shots,” Coco Rocha was saying on Sunday evening before the Diane Von Frustenberg show at the Bryant Park tents. “It took me a long time in the business to realize I didn’t have to do everything people told me I should if I wanted a career.”

Ms. Rocha is a model. Who isn’t nowadays? It used to be that kids wanted to grow up to be astronauts, police officers or doctors. Now it would appear that modeling is the career default of anybody who doesn’t have two heads. Ms. Rocha, according to a well-rehearsed story, was discovered by a scout at an Irish dancing contest in her native Vancouver, British Columbia. Whatever her real name is (apparently Mikhaila, which lacks the show-business pop of Coco), it was quickly altered, and she was sent to see Steven Meisel, the photographer who is fashion’s resident Pygmalion. Mr. Meisel photographed her in 2006 for the cover of Italian Vogue, and there followed in short order a series of high-profile jobs on catwalks, in magazine editorials and in advertising campaigns — enough of them to fill three fat paragraphs on her Web résumé.

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The Beauty Of Healthby Coco RochaTomorrow night I’ve been invited to attend the CFDA’s yearly panel discussion on health, this time entitiled “The Beauty Of Health: Resizing The Sample Size”. As some of you might know, two years ago I had the chance to speak at this event and voice my thoughts and concerns, to mixed reviews.Since that time I’ve felt it was very important for me to continue to speak up on the issues surrounding the health of models in my industry. In 2010, with both the CFDA and Vogue’s support, I’m making a special effort to find new ways to address the subject. Whether this means public speaking, one on one discussions or more topic specific blogs like this, I’m looking for ways to reach out and help.I’m excited to see what the speakers and guests have to say tomorrow night but I also want to hear from you - Please let me know your thoughts and ideas of how I can be effective in reaching out this year. Let’s put 2010 in the books as the year we changed fashion for the better.

The Beauty Of Health
by Coco Rocha

Tomorrow night I’ve been invited to attend the CFDA’s yearly panel discussion on health, this time entitiled “The Beauty Of Health: Resizing The Sample Size”. As some of you might know, two years ago I had the chance to speak at this event and voice my thoughts and concerns, to mixed reviews.

Since that time I’ve felt it was very important for me to continue to speak up on the issues surrounding the health of models in my industry. In 2010, with both the CFDA and Vogue’s support, I’m making a special effort to find new ways to address the subject. Whether this means public speaking, one on one discussions or more topic specific blogs like this, I’m looking for ways to reach out and help.

I’m excited to see what the speakers and guests have to say tomorrow night but I also want to hear from you - Please let me know your thoughts and ideas of how I can be effective in reaching out this year. Let’s put 2010 in the books as the year we changed fashion for the better.

A NEW YORK WEEKby Coco RochaHere I am, back at my second home, the airport. This time I’m headed to Brazil for 48 hours (which includes 20 hours of flying there and back!!) I’m sad to be leaving so soon, though I did have a nice week back in New York…On Monday I got to catch up with friends at the CFDA Fashion Fund Awards dinner which turned out to be a lovely evening. Even for us models, its fun to see what people are wearing to events like that. As soon as I got there Miss Karlie Kloss came over to chat. She’s such a sweetheart and was definitely the “lady in red” wearing a simple but chic Calvin Klien shift. My fellow Elite girl, Poppy Delevigne (how cute is that name?) looked so sweet with her floral print dress and blazer combination and I loved Jessica Stam’s outfit - she floated in wearing all white, looking like the angelic counterpart to my black on black DVF ensemble. Chanel Iman was looking very rocker chic in her OTK boots. She showed me her giant three pronged ring which was no joke - that ring demanded respect!! (and possibly doubled as a weapon). Chanel’s boyfriend asked my boyfriend James who it was that had styled him that night and James proudly announced that he had styled himself! Apparently he’s been dressing himself for 20+ years now!! (Though I seem to remember telling him to buy the jacket he was wearing a few months back).I got to catch up with Behati who was positively glowing, she told me all about the grueling preparation a Victoria’s Secret model must go through ready for the big show (which was actually filmed last night). At the dinner Behati and her date sat at one end of a long table with James and I sat 20 feet away at the other end. Though we couldn’t talk we shared winks and mimed pointless commentary back and forth as we were treated to what we all agreed was probably the best chicken pot pie anyone had ever tasted. Of course, none of the fashion people at the table dared to be the one to finish the whole thing - except of course James, who unabashedly did so. I was jealous.The key note speech by Alber Elbaz was quite hilarious and the presenters, Anna Wintour, Diane Von Furstenberg and Nicole Kidman looked as beautiful as ever. The winner of the $200,000 fashion fund was Sophie Theallet. No doubt she will be a designer to watch for in the years to come. Last years winner was Alexander Wang and his career sky rocketed since.Anyway, the rest of the week I was working with one of my favorite photographers, Arthur Elgort. I remember one of my first shoots for American Vogue was with Arthur and Grace up in Maine. We were shooting with these grisly fishermen who all looked vaguely like the guy from the Gortons Fish Sticks commercials. I had such a lovely time, I was only 16 or so and the local kids wanted to take me out bowling one evening. I remember asking Grace and Arthur for permission to go and like they were my fashion Mom and Dad I remember having them excitedly tell me “Go Coco! Have fun!!”. I’ve worked with Arthur quite a few times since then and we always do have a great time. He has this amazing penthouse studio he works out of in Soho. When you’re up there you’re a little overwhelmed by the gorgeous light streaming into such a gigantic space. Its a little like being in an ethereal Noah’s Ark.Well that’s all for now…. When I get back to the states in a few days I’ll be making that big announcement I spoke of earlier, so please do check back here.Before I go, I should mention that Ive been asked by a few people what I think to Miss J’s recent comments about my walk. As you might know, Miss J is a runway coach and judge on America’s Next Top Model. In a recent interview with the New York Times he described my walk as looking like my “nose is always running”. I’m not sure what that means, but if it keeps me in demand then I hope I never cure this cold!Sniff sniff…

A NEW YORK WEEK
by Coco Rocha

Here I am, back at my second home, the airport. This time I’m headed to Brazil for 48 hours (which includes 20 hours of flying there and back!!) I’m sad to be leaving so soon, though I did have a nice week back in New York…

On Monday I got to catch up with friends at the CFDA Fashion Fund Awards dinner which turned out to be a lovely evening. Even for us models, its fun to see what people are wearing to events like that. As soon as I got there Miss Karlie Kloss came over to chat. She’s such a sweetheart and was definitely the “lady in red” wearing a simple but chic Calvin Klien shift. My fellow Elite girl, Poppy Delevigne (how cute is that name?) looked so sweet with her floral print dress and blazer combination and I loved Jessica Stam’s outfit - she floated in wearing all white, looking like the angelic counterpart to my black on black DVF ensemble. Chanel Iman was looking very rocker chic in her OTK boots. She showed me her giant three pronged ring which was no joke - that ring demanded respect!! (and possibly doubled as a weapon). Chanel’s boyfriend asked my boyfriend James who it was that had styled him that night and James proudly announced that he had styled himself! Apparently he’s been dressing himself for 20+ years now!! (Though I seem to remember telling him to buy the jacket he was wearing a few months back).

I got to catch up with Behati who was positively glowing, she told me all about the grueling preparation a Victoria’s Secret model must go through ready for the big show (which was actually filmed last night). At the dinner Behati and her date sat at one end of a long table with James and I sat 20 feet away at the other end. Though we couldn’t talk we shared winks and mimed pointless commentary back and forth as we were treated to what we all agreed was probably the best chicken pot pie anyone had ever tasted. Of course, none of the fashion people at the table dared to be the one to finish the whole thing - except of course James, who unabashedly did so. I was jealous.

The key note speech by Alber Elbaz was quite hilarious and the presenters, Anna Wintour, Diane Von Furstenberg and Nicole Kidman looked as beautiful as ever. The winner of the $200,000 fashion fund was Sophie Theallet. No doubt she will be a designer to watch for in the years to come. Last years winner was Alexander Wang and his career sky rocketed since.

Anyway, the rest of the week I was working with one of my favorite photographers, Arthur Elgort. I remember one of my first shoots for American Vogue was with Arthur and Grace up in Maine. We were shooting with these grisly fishermen who all looked vaguely like the guy from the Gortons Fish Sticks commercials. I had such a lovely time, I was only 16 or so and the local kids wanted to take me out bowling one evening. I remember asking Grace and Arthur for permission to go and like they were my fashion Mom and Dad I remember having them excitedly tell me “Go Coco! Have fun!!”. I’ve worked with Arthur quite a few times since then and we always do have a great time. He has this amazing penthouse studio he works out of in Soho. When you’re up there you’re a little overwhelmed by the gorgeous light streaming into such a gigantic space. Its a little like being in an ethereal Noah’s Ark.

Well that’s all for now…. When I get back to the states in a few days I’ll be making that big announcement I spoke of earlier, so please do check back here.

Before I go, I should mention that Ive been asked by a few people what I think to Miss J’s recent comments about my walk. As you might know, Miss J is a runway coach and judge on America’s Next Top Model. In a recent interview with the New York Times he described my walk as looking like my “nose is always running”. I’m not sure what that means, but if it keeps me in demand then I hope I never cure this cold!

Sniff sniff…

This And That
by Coco Rocha

Hello everyone, sorry its been a little while since my last post. After another work trip to London I’m back in Vancouver right now for a special event called Faces West. Faces West is is a yearly conference my mother agent Charles Stuart hosts where scouts from around the world come to find aspiring models for their individual markets. Faces West is actually where I was discovered many moons ago… so for the next few days I’ll be here, speaking to a few hundred girls about my experiences modeling.

Sunday night I fly back to New York ready for the CFDA award dinner! For those of you unfamiliar, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) is an association of America’s foremost fashion designers and on Monday night they honor this years new designers. I think its great how the industry supports and nurtures its young and this year I’m allowed to bring my own date! So I’m taking my boyfriend, James Conran. I know I’ve mentioned him before (and some of you may have seen him on ET Canada) but I just thought I would introduce you all to him properly. James is a very sweet man I’ve been friends with for the last two years. We became good friends when he did the interior design and painting of my NY apartment but it wasn’t until late this summer that we started dating and we’ve been in relationship bliss ever since!!

James lives just a few blocks from me in New York, so when I’m home I try to spend as much time as I can with him. Oh and  James has a new website up, have a look at what he does!

www.jamesconran.com


Well that’s all for now. Please keep checking back here, I’m going to be making a very special request and announcement soon and will be needing your help!!!