PRESS CONFERENCE CELEBRATING NEW LEGISLATION PROTECTING CHILD MODELS IN NEW YORK! There are a few events that will forever stand out as milestones in my career, and today is one such occasion. When I signed on as an advisory board member of The Model Alliance in early 2012, I spoke with Sara about our hopes and goals. We knew we had a long, hard road ahead of us and success was not promised - in fact, most highly doubted we’d make any lasting impression. Fashion is an industry that on one hand embraces the new, but on the other hand viciously resists change. In February of 2012 I hoped, but could not dare to assume, that we would be able to change the status quo as we are witnessing today. Having once been a child model myself, I know all too well that, up until now, a large underage workforce has lived and worked under very little legal protection in 21st century New York. The fact is, the fashion industry’s attempt at self-regulation has not been enough to ensure a safe working environment for its large army of minor models. For a long time these children have needed and deserved the same basic protections afforded other child performers working in New York and I could not be happier that this is coming into place, thanks in no small part to the passion and diligence of Sara Ziff, The Model Alliance and the senators present. Regardless of any anticipated extra burden of regulation, record keeping or expense, acting in the best interests of our children’s health and well-being is, and always should be, a given. I’m so excited to see us make a huge step in the right direction, and I’m thrilled that Ive been able to be a part of such a momentous moment which is sure to change the future of our industry for the better.

PRESS CONFERENCE CELEBRATING NEW LEGISLATION PROTECTING CHILD MODELS IN NEW YORK! There are a few events that will forever stand out as milestones in my career, and today is one such occasion. When I signed on as an advisory board member of The Model Alliance in early 2012, I spoke with Sara about our hopes and goals. We knew we had a long, hard road ahead of us and success was not promised - in fact, most highly doubted we’d make any lasting impression. Fashion is an industry that on one hand embraces the new, but on the other hand viciously resists change. In February of 2012 I hoped, but could not dare to assume, that we would be able to change the status quo as we are witnessing today. Having once been a child model myself, I know all too well that, up until now, a large underage workforce has lived and worked under very little legal protection in 21st century New York. The fact is, the fashion industry’s attempt at self-regulation has not been enough to ensure a safe working environment for its large army of minor models. For a long time these children have needed and deserved the same basic protections afforded other child performers working in New York and I could not be happier that this is coming into place, thanks in no small part to the passion and diligence of Sara Ziff, The Model Alliance and the senators present. Regardless of any anticipated extra burden of regulation, record keeping or expense, acting in the best interests of our children’s health and well-being is, and always should be, a given. I’m so excited to see us make a huge step in the right direction, and I’m thrilled that Ive been able to be a part of such a momentous moment which is sure to change the future of our industry for the better.

Oceana Magazine - Super Role Model

One of the unexpected responsibilities that goes along with being a model or public figure is that your actions can and will affect lots of younger people who may look up to you. It’s something I’ve tried to take seriously over the years because I feel there is a severe lack of good role models in the media for young people to emulate.

The above editorial and interview go along with the Oceana covers I posted earlier this week. The magazine’s primary focus is on the juxtaposition of fashion, charity and leadership, so I was happy to talk a lot about my favorite charities and why I support them. Senhoa is a group in Cambodia that rescues little girls from human trafficking and gives them a home, an education and a job. I designed a special jewelry line for Senhoa and asked my friends Behati Prinsloo, Caroline Trentini and Iman to model it and my fellow The Face castmate Nigel Barker to photograph it. 

LakayPam is a group in Haiti that supports and nurtures hundreds of orphans, many of whom were affected by the earthquake. In addition to fundraising events, my husband James, Behati and I traveled down to Haiti to create a documentary (click HERE to watch) and raise awareness for the ongoing difficulties in that country.  

The Model Alliance is a New York-based group which is fighting for fair and safe working standards for younger models. Though we are a new group, we have already seen lots of industry support and incremental change for the better.

If you’re interested, please read more in the articles posted above or click the tags to the right!

Xx
Coco 

DENNIS BASSO - Behind-the-scenes

You might have seen this featured in this months W Magazine but heres a little behind the scenes look at the fall winter Dennis Basso campaign courtesy of James and his iPhone! As a side note, tonight I’ll be joining Dennis at The Silver Hill Hospital Gala to raise scholarship funds for children who suffer from depression, substance abuse and related problems. Follow me at @CocoRocha on instagram for updates through-out the evening.

Xx
Coco 

ARTWALK - 2012

I’m very excited to let you all know that I’m co-host of this year’s Fendi-sponsored NY Coalition for Homeless ARTWALK on November 7th. I’ve supported this cause for a few years now and I’ve seen firsthand how important its work is for New York’s homeless. This year we’re honoring Jack Pierson with Richard Gere and Carey Lowell. Please buy your tickets while you can at COALITIONFORHOMELESS.ORG.

As a side note, last year’s ARTWALK had me dancing this little jig for Alec Baldwin and Richard Gere, who were sitting front row. Who knows what will happen in 2012!

xx
Coco 

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

Chuyện Hoa Sen - In Full Bloom
Narrated by Coco Rocha

Just three weeks ago we launched the Coco Rocha for Senhoa jewelry collection to an amazing outpouring of support from people all around the world. Not only are people enjoying the design and quality of the pieces, but they are truly moved by the stories of the girls who put these beautiful pieces together.

I encourage you take a few minutes to watch this documentary I narrated to better understand why this jewelry line is so important to so many.

To see the entire Coco Rocha for Senhoa collection go HERE.

Senhoa.org created a great press blog devoted entirely to the Coco Rocha for Senhoa jewelry line launch. Click below to explore all the amazing reviews and press we have been getting around the world! xx CR

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Coco Rocha attends the 15th Annual ACE Awards
November 8th, 2011

The ACE Awards was created in 1996 to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry.  Along with her gorgeous Zac Posen gown, Coco Rocha wore her own unique accessories in the form of a necklace and bracelet (Chantha & Chantrea) from The Coco Rocha for Senhoa Collection - Comprised of 7 unique looks, the Coco Rocha capsule collection benefits survivors of human trafficking in Cambodia.

For more information go to www.senhoa.com/cocorocha

CANADA: Win tickets to the premiere of “Letters to Haiti”Together with FLARE Magazine I’m proud to announce the exclusive event where I will premiere my new  documentary, “Letters to Haiti,” on Thursday, October 13th. The film follows Behati Prinsloo and I as we visited Haiti, one year after a terrible earthquake ravaged the landscape. (To see the trailer go HERE.)You and a guest could win tickets to the invite-only red carpet event and screening at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto. You could also be selected to take home a limited edition print photo by Behati Prinsloo herself! To enter, go to FLARE.com right now! Entries open today and close October 9th, so hurry!!
*Contest is open to residents of Ontario only who are over 19 years  of age. Winner will be selected randomly and will take place at FLARE’s offices on October 10, 2011.P.s. If you don’t make it to the event in person, we’ll be live streaming “Letters to Haiti”’ across Canada exclusively on  FLARE.com the evening of the event. The film begins at 8:00PM on October  13th. To read more about LakayPAM go HERE.

CANADA: Win tickets to the premiere of “Letters to Haiti

Together with FLARE Magazine I’m proud to announce the exclusive event where I will premiere my new documentary, “Letters to Haiti,” on Thursday, October 13th. The film follows Behati Prinsloo and I as we visited Haiti, one year after a terrible earthquake ravaged the landscape. (To see the trailer go HERE.)

You and a guest could win tickets to the invite-only red carpet event and screening at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto. You could also be selected to take home a limited edition print photo by Behati Prinsloo herself! To enter, go to FLARE.com right now! Entries open today and close October 9th, so hurry!!

*Contest is open to residents of Ontario only who are over 19 years of age. Winner will be selected randomly and will take place at FLARE’s offices on October 10, 2011.

P.s. If you don’t make it to the event in person, we’ll be live streaming “Letters to Haiti”’ across Canada exclusively on FLARE.com the evening of the event. The film begins at 8:00PM on October 13th. To read more about LakayPAM go HERE.

Senhoa - By Coco Rocha.For a few weeks I’ve been working with Senhoa via email and snail mail on a jewelry line collaboration. Senhoa is a great charity that supports victims of human trafficking in South East Asia by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration  				and programs for self-empowerment. Some of the children they work with are as young as 4 years old.This weekend I flew to LA to finalize jewelry designs which we hope to have available within a few months. The Jewelry 'Coco Rocha For Senhoa' will be made in Cambodia by the  older girls in the program, with all proceeds going back into the program. It will be available around the world. Stay tuned for more…

Senhoa - By Coco Rocha.

For a few weeks I’ve been working with Senhoa via email and snail mail on a jewelry line collaboration. Senhoa is a great charity that supports victims of human trafficking in South East Asia by providing income-generating opportunities, social reintegration and programs for self-empowerment. Some of the children they work with are as young as 4 years old.

This weekend I flew to LA to finalize jewelry designs which we hope to have available within a few months. The Jewelry 'Coco Rocha For Senhoa' will be made in Cambodia by the older girls in the program, with all proceeds going back into the program. It will be available around the world. Stay tuned for more…

LETTERS TO HAITI - A James Conran Film, coming soon.

I gave my Facebook fans an exclusive preview of this trailer last week, but
now I’m happy to show it to everyone!I The full length short film is coming out in a little over 6 weeks from now. Stay tuned for details on when and where we will be showing!

AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT “LETTERS TO HAITI” - In February Behati Prinsloo and I took a group of friends down to Port-au-Prince Haiti to assess the progress made in the year since the devastating earthquake had ravaged the country. What we found was a group of very hopefull children surrounded by a very desperate situation. In September my husband James and I will be releasing a short film we have created about our experience in Haiti but you can watch the trailer right now on YouTube.P.S Notice the children in their adorable “Team Cohati” t-shirts courtesy Modelina.com

AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT “LETTERS TO HAITI” - In February Behati Prinsloo and I took a group of friends down to Port-au-Prince Haiti to assess the progress made in the year since the devastating earthquake had ravaged the country. What we found was a group of very hopefull children surrounded by a very desperate situation. 

In September my husband James and I will be releasing a short film we have created about our experience in Haiti but you can watch the trailer right now on YouTube.

P.S Notice the children in their adorable “Team Cohati” t-shirts courtesy Modelina.com

LOU LOU - Three weeks ago I announced my partnership with Jacob on a completely Photoshop free campaign for the Canadian brand. Lou Lou magazine met up with me at the Old Port in Montreal to watch the shoot take place and to ask me a few questions about the campaign, Haiti and my nerdy use of social media. Have a look…

PAY IT FASHION FORWARD - On June 16th Pay It Fashion Forward hosted their 4th annual summer event, honoring people in the fashion industry who give back through various charitable endeavors. This year they gave out awards to 6 people: Steven Alan, Mickey Boardman, Rachel Roy, Mary Alice Stevenson and also a certain husband and wife duo you might know by the name of Mr. & Mrs. Conran! To see all my pictures from that night please go HERE.

PAY IT FASHION FORWARD - On June 16th Pay It Fashion Forward hosted their 4th annual summer event, honoring people in the fashion industry who give back through various charitable endeavors. This year they gave out awards to 6 people: Steven Alan, Mickey Boardman, Rachel Roy, Mary Alice Stevenson and also a certain husband and wife duo you might know by the name of Mr. & Mrs. Conran!

To see all my pictures from that night please go HERE.

SPREAD THE HEART - The other week at an event I met Shenae Grimes, a fellow Canadian and an all-around great girl. Shenae, as you may know, plays Annie on 90210 and is one of the most in-demand young actresses in Hollywood. Beyond all that, though, Shenae has a huge heart and is focusing her efforts on raising money for the victims of the earthquake in Japan (she was there when it happened!).

Through her website, spreadtheheart.com, she spreads the message that every little bit of help counts and I was happy to contribute my voice to her cause.