My DVF ‘Journey Of A Dress’ - London, New York & Toronto

In an homage to the 40th anniversary of DVF’s iconic wrap dress, I took a suitcase full of them on a trip between London, New York and Toronto. If you’ve been following my Instagram you’ll probably notice it’s been a whirlwind of a week, so thanks for following my #JourneyOfADress!

To find out more about why this little dress is such an important part of fashion history, please go to DVF.COM
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Xx
Coco

Stylist Magazine - September 2013 - Part 1

"To Catch A Thief" is my first editorial and cover following my haircut! Joshua Jordan shot it on location in an old bank in Brooklyn, New York, with styling by the lovely Alexandra Fullerton and photography direction by Tom Gormer. Makeup by Sandrine van Slee and hair by Keith Carpenter.

If you like the whole film noir genre, you should also watch the short film we made HERE
http://bit.ly/1f8tOo5 

THE PROTECTION OF MINOR MODELS WORKING IN NEW YORK

Today was a very important day for models who work in the fashion capital of New York. Today New York Senator Klein and Senator Savino along with The Model Alliance announced new legislature likely to pass this week that will finally include underage print and runway models in the labor laws that already protect other child performers like actors, singers and dancers. This was something I’ve been speaking publicly about for the last 4 years, so it is particularly thrilling for me to see this issue finally gain the attention it deserves. I’m very thankful I was invited to speak on my personal experiences as a model in New York City. Below is a transcript of my speech:

Hello - My name is Coco Rocha and I’m a model based here in New York. I’d like to thank Senator Klein, Senator Savino and the Model Alliance for asking me to be here today.

For me, this issue is personal. Like Sara Ziff and so many professional models, I was scouted at the ripe old age of 14. By the time I was 16  I was living and working alone here in New York City. During my 10 years as a model I’m fortunate enough to have realized many of my professional goals, though not without feeling enormous pressure to agree to demands and make certain choices that no young person should ever have to deal with.  

The fact is, too often young models find themselves forced to forego their education and their values in order to pursue their career, only to wind up with nothing. I will never forget being 15 years old, alone on a set as a photographer tried to harass, heckle and even threaten me into taking a semi-nude photo. I recall with sickening clarity the first time I was told (in no uncertain terms) to lose weight that I definitely couldn’t afford to lose because, as this person said, “the look this year is anorexia.”  

There were times as a young model when I was very lonely and felt an enormous pressure from the adults working around me to give up values and beliefs I held dear. Through trial and error I learned my rights and I learned to stand up for myself. I decided that I wouldn’t allow myself to be degraded or treated unfairly and I’m now able to walk away from that treatment because, firstly, I’m established as a model and, second, I’m now an adult. But what about the young and aspiring models? For children and young teens who just want to please, the pressure to succumb to demands from adults is often damaging and life altering - dropping out of school; foregoing education and their health; allowing predators, sexual and otherwise, to harass and victimize - it has to stop.  And although the industry has tried self-regulation, it just hasn’t been enough. 

That is why I am here today, to convey to you my ongoing concerns about the health and well-being of children and teens who are working in the modeling industry. 

When it comes to protecting our children, the moral argument should override any perceived inconvenience of rules, record keeping or expense. That fact has long been acknowledged as true for other child performers like actors, dancers and singers who all enjoy protections under law in New York.  For reasons unknown to me, this has never applied to child models. I’m thankful that this has been noted by both The Model Alliance and by Senators Klein and Savino. I am thrilled that they are helping to correct this discrepancy by proposing that print and runway models under 18 have the same protections as all other child performers working in New York State. These protections are basic, necessary and long overdue.  

I believe we all agree that there are natural human standards of how we treat one another and especially of how we treat children. On behalf of the many models I know and love, I thank you for all your hard work and your time. I’m confident that through continued efforts we can ensure a safer environment for the next generation.

Thank you.

(If you’d like to read more of my thoughts on modeling and the industry, please go HEREHEREHERE and HERE. Also be sure to check out ModelAlliance.Org.)

LIFE via INSTAGRAM - December 20th - 29th, 2012

In this installation of Life Via Instagram, I escaped the freezing cold (Elmo-roaming) streets of New York and found myself in Las Vegas where I saw a Prince tribute band that was actually pretty good! 
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  1. Nicopanda and I waiting impatiently for the train into New York on this chilly morning.
  2. "I think we’re being followed!” Only in New York
  3. The Face elevator. Dare you enter?
  4. I escaped the NY snow storm just in time! On a road trip with James, driving through the Mojave Desert and loving the view.
  5. Guess where I am now? Here’s a clue, it’s not New York!
  6. Urban Pyramid, Las Vegas.
  7. Sunset in Vegas.
  8. Dearly beloved, it’s not Princ,e it’s “Purple Reign.” Having seen the real thing before, I gotta say they were really good! 
  9. Only in Vegas does this group photo make sense.

NEW YORK via INSTAGRAM - July 2012
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  1. This is what just greeted me as I stepped off the train. So good to be home in Manhattan Westchester county!
  2. Spent the entire day shooting under and on the two prettiest bridges in New York.
  3. The Brooklyn Bridge. Photo taken and edited using only iPhone apps!
  4. Mr. Nigel Barker speaking before the premiere of his documentary “Dreams Are Not Forgotten.”
  5. Balmain at Milk Studios.
  6. Hot town - Summer in the city. 
  7. I found what appears to be Michelangelo’s David wearing a Missoni onesy on 14th street in Manhattan!?
  8. Look who is working winter gear in the 100-degree NY summer? My Behati Prinsloo!
  9. So happy to be reunited with my long lost Behati! See? Stalking works! #Cohati

PARISIAN DIARY - via Instagram.
March 12th - 15th 2012 

  1. Well that was a fun three days in New York - now I’m back in Paris!
  2. At the Moulin Rouge! Yes, I’ve been humming every song from the soundtrack all day. “Come what mayyyy”
  3. Book sellers by the riverside. Paris, France.
  4. Hanging out the window of my yellow submarine on set.
  5. My last sunset over Paris for a while…
  6. Silhouettes in the park.