Coco Rocha Was Told to Stay Silent About Harassment in the Modeling Industry
Supermodel Coco Rocha has always had a passion for protecting the well being of women in her industry.
"It's amazing that a light is finally shining down on subjects like sexual harassment and body shaming, but what's frustrating is that when we tried to talk about it years ago, the industry wasn't ready for it," she said in a candid new interview with Business of Fashion. Rocha even remembers a time when she was silenced for speaking out about unfair treatment. "When I started I tried to be outspoken and I was told that I should keep silent on this subject because it wouldn't benefit me," she recalled. "[But] I want business women that are outspoken."
Her latest endeavor as brand director for Nomad, a modeling agency based in Miami, has put her in a mentorship role for the company's models, so she can combat abuses in the industry. "When I started modeling I didn't feel like I had a big sister to tell me how this industry works," she said. "It's a way of saying that there's a way to do this professionally by taking care of our girls and letting them know they'll be OK."
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With heavyweights like Rocha speaking up about injustices in the industry and mentoring new models, we hope things will only continue to change for the better.