Coco Rocha has a pretty well-known no nudity or partial nudity policy when it comes to her modeling work–so it may have come as a surprise to her fans that the supermodel posed nearly topless for the cover of Elle Brazil. Turns out, it came as a surprise to Coco as well.
Apparently, Coco was actually wearing a flesh colored body suit under the sheer dress, which the magazine saw fit to photoshop out, despite her instructions to do otherwise. Obviously, the supermodel was none too happy about this, and took to her Tumblr to vent her frustration:
As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress which I now find was photoshopped out to give the impression of me showing much more skin than I was, or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction to the entire team that they not do so. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract was ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.
As an advisory board member to the Model Alliance, the issue of a model’s rights is obviously one close to Coco’s heart. And though this probably isn’t the first (or last) time a model’s rules were “circumvented,” it’s pretty rare that a model will actually speak out about it for fear of losing future jobs so we commend Coco for having the guts to say something to her millions of fans. Then again, perhaps the whole thing was a misunderstanding between the Canadian model and the Brazilian magazine’s team, who most likely did not share the same first language (we’ve reached out to Elle Brazil and are waiting for comment.)
Thoughts on this?