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

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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.