Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha has been in the business since the age of 14. Though she’s a veteran now and has walked the catwalk for some of the biggest names in fashion, Rocha is a firm believer in the power of saying no. As a Jehovah’s Witness, there are certain aspects of modelling that Rocha will simply not partake in.
In an interview on HuffPost Live, she said:
“I’m sure there are some jobs that I’m not doing because of what I stand for, but that is totally okay. I mean, the girls out there that do do it, some of them are my greatest friends, and I respect them for making their own choices. Hopefully people who respect them will also respect me in my choices … there are so many jobs, I don’t have to do them all. And I realized that very quickly, that you don’t have to be everyone’s cup of tea.”
Having already been a young model herself, Rocha understands the pressures that come with saying no, the fear of not getting future work. But she also says that the industry may pleasantly surprise you.
“I tell young models, religious or not, whatever it is you would like to stand up for or believe in, make sure you have a voice. Use it, because most likely people are going to pay attention and say ‘oh yeah no problem, that’s okay’ which you’re shocked to hear.”
When great opportunities arise that conflict with your ideals, even in the slightest, it can be difficult to express your concerns in fear of not getting a similar chance again. However, it’s important to address the issue instead of ignoring it. There’s a good chance your concerns will be acknowledged and validated. But regardless of the outcome, finding the courage to say no has long-term benefits and will make you stronger and more comfortable in the long run.
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