Much love to The Model Alliance on our 2nd anniversary today! So proud of our efforts - this New York Fashion Week will be the first with real legal protection for child models! Hoping you all have a great week! Xx Coco
I think it’s a pivotal point in fashion,” Model Alliance member Coco Rocha tells us. “This fashion week is kind of a moment in time where we’re changing the history of fashion, and I’m excited to be part of it”.
I got a chance to sound off on Fashionista.com to discuss how the new Model Alliance law could affect NYFW. As you know, the recent passing of a law protecting underaged models last November was a huge victory for the modeling industry. Fashion Week begins February 6th, and I am anxious to see the results of this new legislation.
Sara Ziff was a 14-year-old student at the Bronx High School of Science when a fashion photographer “discovered” her as she was returning to her family’s apartment in Greenwich Village.
Within months, she was modeling for Calvin Klein and Seventeen magazine, but she soon encountered some compromising situations. When her modeling agency sent her to a photographer’s apartment for a shoot, he told her to take off all her clothes. At age 15, she was sent to another shoot where drugs flowed freely and she was ordered to pose against a backdrop of explicit images from an adult magazine
At 16, Ms. Rocha recalled that she was 108 pounds and 5-feet-11. Still, she said her agency pressured her to lose weight.
Years later, Anna Wintour, the longtime Vogue editor who now is artistic director for Condé Nast, Vogue’s parent, invited Ms. Rocha to join a panel on how to improve the industry. Ms. Wintour, she said, “made me think I could really help change the industry to the good if I found the right place.” For her, that place is the Model Alliance.
“I want to leave the industry as not just someone who had some covers and some campaigns, but as someone who improved the industry,” Ms. Rocha said.
“It’s a great industry. I love it. But like all industries, it needs some change.”
Auction Proceeds Benefit Fashion for the Philippines
Here’s the perfect opportunity to be charitable and fashion-forward. Aspiring models can make a bid through Charitybuzz to win a two-hour masterclass in modeling with me! All auction proceeds benefit Fashion for the Philippinesto give immediate hurricane relief. Make a bid if you’d like to hang out, perfect your posing and change the lives of those devastated by a natural disaster.
Here’s great little video where I talk about embracing your flaws, my love of dance and my dance role model (and now good friend), Jean Butler. In reality, without her inspiring me to dance I never would have been scouted as a model.