Coco Rocha Slams 'Too Heavy' Headlines

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Rocha with designer Zac Posen.
Coco Rocha wants to set things straight: she's still a top model, despite reports that she had lost work over her healthy weight.

Last week, the New York Daily News ran a cover story on Rocha with the headline, "Is She Too Fat to Be Runway Model?" The piece was apparently inspired by Rocha's admission at the CFDA's "The Beauty of Health: Resizing the Sample Size" that there were some designers who chose not to work with her because she was - egads! - a size 4.

On Thursday, Rocha took to her blog to address "the commotion" over her comments - comments, she noted, that were taken out of context. Rocha wrote, "I'm a 21 year old model, 6 inches taller and 10 sizes smaller than the average woman. Yet in another parallel universe I'm considered "fat"...This was the subject of major discussion this week and the story that was spun was: "Coco Rocha is too fat for the runway."

"Is that the case? No. I am still used and in demand as a model. In fact I find myself busier than ever. In the past few years I have not gained an extreme amount of weight, only an inch here and there as any young woman coming out of her teenage years would."

She went on to note that she does think there need to be serious changes to the modeling industry: "Of my generation of models I'm exactly where I need to be in my career and I'm grateful to use my position to actively speak out against [the use of underage and/or unhealthy models] with the support of the CFDA and Vogue. My sincere hope is that through our oefforts young models will one day be spared the humiliation, the risky weight loss, the depression that comes along with anorexia and the misery of abandonment by an industry ashamed to see them turn into actual women."

See, Coco, this is why we love you - you're a real role model in all senses.

More pictures of Coco Rocha:
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
  • Coco Rocha in Y-3 Autumn/Winter 2010-11 MBFW - Backstage/Atmosphere
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