Coco Rocha Weighs In On Underaged Models Walking at New York Fashion Week

When I saw Coco Rocha heading backstage at the Jason Wu show, looking quite magnificent in the skinniest of black jeans and a curly shearling black chubby coat, I assumed she was walking in the show. But I was wrong. Yes, she was there to work, but in a different capacity. Rocha's teamed up with New York Magazine to do some interviews, and she also hooked up with Google +. The famously social media-savvy model will be live-streaming shows and events with the platform, including her fitting for Zac Posen, which is the only show she's walking in this season. In addition to embracing social media, she's also embraced some modeling causes--like the newly-launched Model Alliance--so I decided to ask her about the recent CFDA guidelines about underaged models and her experiences as a young model.
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When I saw Coco Rocha heading backstage at the Jason Wu show, looking quite magnificent in the skinniest of black jeans and a curly shearling black chubby coat, I assumed she was walking in the show. But I was wrong. Yes, she was there to work, but in a different capacity. Rocha's teamed up with New York Magazine to do some interviews, and she also hooked up with Google +. The famously social media-savvy model will be live-streaming shows and events with the platform, including her fitting for Zac Posen, which is the only show she's walking in this season. In addition to embracing social media, she's also embraced some modeling causes--like the newly-launched Model Alliance--so I decided to ask her about the recent CFDA guidelines about underaged models and her experiences as a young model.
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When I saw Coco Rocha heading backstage at the Jason Wu show, looking quite magnificent in the skinniest of black jeans and a curly shearling black chubby coat, I assumed she was walking in the show. But I was wrong. Yes, she was there to work, but in a different capacity.

Rocha's teamed up with New York Magazine to do some interviews, and she also hooked up with Google +. The famously social media-savvy model will be live-streaming shows and events with the platform, including her fitting for Zac Posen, which is the only show she's walking in this season. In addition to embracing social media, she's also embraced some modeling causes--like the newly-launched Model Alliance--so I decided to ask her about the recent CFDA guidelines about underaged models and her experiences as a young model.

"Well, I know for a fact that girls in the past, present, and future do lie about their age," she told me. "Some are even told to lie about their age." She continued, "It's sad, because why must you? If you were under the age of 16, why not just grow into being a model? You don't have to do it. The CFDA isn't hurting or hindering the idea of models, they're just trying to improve models and give them a little more confidence, to be a little more savvy in this industry."

Of her own experience in the industry, which she talked about with Anderson Cooper recently, she said, "I was scouted at 14 and I started at 15, and I know for a fact that I wish I was a little older, wiser. And who's to say that 16 is wiser? But it's sure better than 14."

With all the attention brought to this issue lately, we hope the industry starts being a little more protective of its (arguably) most vulnerable resource.