Fordham Law


Why Coco Rocha is seeing red over her Elle Brazil cover...

Susan Scafidi in Catwalk Queen, April 25, 2012

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Do not mess with a model who blogs! This may be the lesson that Elle Brazil takes away after publishing their their latest May edition with Coco Rocha on the front cover. The Canadian model has blasted the glossy after they went ahead with a cover which shows her baring quite a bit of skin. Coco, who takes a strong no nudity or partial nudity stance to her modelling, claims the magazine airbrushed the image to make it look as though she is wearing nothing underneath a sparkly sheer dress.

"As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots," she blogged. "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 a strong supporter of Model Alliance, an organisation that finds ways to improve working conditions for models, Coco could now sue if she chooses to.

"If her policy against no nudity or partial nudity was part of her written contract, then she can sue for breach of contract and potentially collect monetary damages," Susan Scafidi of Fordham University's Fashion Law Institute told Fashionologie. "It's possible that she could ask a court to stop distribution of the magazine, but that would probably be a long shot."


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