Do Models have rights?


She was wearing a nude body suit under the Julian MacDonald dress and they removed it with Photoshop. That is the Coco Rocha’s polemical with Elle Brazil May 2012. The cover was captured by Max Abadian and shows the model more nude than she usually does. Almost topless on the cover, Coco says the magazine crosses the no-nudity or partial nudity policy she signed in her contract. In fact, she immediatly reacted on her Tumblr:

“As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photoshoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress, but recently discovered that the body suit was Photoshopped out to give the impression that I am showing much more skin than I actually was or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract were 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”, she posted few hours ago.

We all know that Coco Rocha is part of the Model Alliance and issues related to models’ right are very important for her. But the question is: Do Models have rights? Or have they just to be body without mind? Of course a super model as Coco Rocha could reply to this type of “no respect” contract, but could a young or unknown model do the same? Certainly, a lot of time models don’t settle the rules.

1 Comment
  1. Most model releases have clauses in them that state unlimited use/editing provisions.

    If you don’t want your images used a certain way, make sure it’s in the model release.

    it’s modelling 101

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