Kate Upton might think that she’s acting as a good role model for young girls but Coco Rocha is the real deal. Over the past few years she’s stuck to her guns (remember the controversy surrounding that Elle Brazil cover, which saw her clothes photoshoped away?) and has spoken out about issues like the use of underage models and, of course, the ongoing debate about what constitutes a healthy body image.
Talking to DuJour magazine, Rocha explained that her boundaries have been influenced by her faith as a Jehovah’s Witness, saying that her religion means “everything.” Naturally, being a model then in an industry where things like nudity are the norm, hasn’t been particularly easy. “My list [of what I won't do] compared with any other model’s is insane,” she said of her contract, which states that she won’t pose in a way that compromises her faith. “I always feel like if I do something that I said I wouldn’t do, all those girls who look up to me will go, ‘She fell into being tempted. I’m not going to be able to do it.’”
It’s this that makes her the perfect person to join the judging panel on Naomi Campbell’s new model reality show, The Face. “If I ever had a bio on what Coco did for this industry, I would love it to say that Coco helped protect models and get them rights,” she said, and by the sounds of things, it’s a fait accompli.