Agents Once Told a Young Coco Rocha, ‘The Look This Year Is Anorexic’

Coco Rocha attends the "Letters to Haiti" premiere at Milk Gallery on December 7, 2011 in New York City.
Coco Rocha. Photo: Fernando Leon/Getty Images

At an event yesterday highlighting a new CFDA Health Initiative, Coco Rocha spoke about the dangerous expectations placed upon her as a young model: "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." On a more positive note, Rocha and Doutzen Kroes discussed improvements made in the industry's attitudes since their modeling debuts, and highlighted a recently implemented CFDA mentoring program, which matches model newbies with seasoned girls acting as a source of guidance and support.