The world was shocked to hear just how vicious the modeling world can be after rumors swirled that Kendall Jenner was allegedly bullied backstage by models during New York Fashion Week last month. And, now, veteran supermodel, Coco Rocha, has shared her opinion about what happened to Jenner.
During a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Rocha revealed that she thinks that this sort of behavior is very damaging to the industry.
“It is bad for the industry, and if that all did happen, that’s really frustrating to hear,” Rocha told the outlet. “You have to remember that during the shows, it is all very young girls. It’s like high school. We breathe and eat and sleep together for two months, so it gets to a point where you’re just overwhelmed, frustrated and tired, and I’ve had my own stories where it gets a little catty backstage. And not everyone’s going to get along. It makes sense. Not everyone’s going to be your best friend.”
Rocha is not new to the industry, but she does have some advice for younger models, like Jenner, on how they should deal with the bullies.
“But when that does happen, step back, breathe a minute, get out of the room, whatever you need to do. Because in the end, people are watching you under such a fine microscope,” she said. “People are going to watch whatever you do, so if you want the job, if you want to be respected in the industry, remember that even though you’re a young girl, you have to act a little older and a little wiser.”
We’re glad to hear Rocha speaking out about bullies. Women should band together and be supportive of each other in the workplace, not tear each other down.