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Off The Runway And Into The Orphanage


When Behati Prinsloo and Coco Rocha go traveling together, the same thing tends to happen: “We always goof around,” Prinsloo told last night at Milk Studios, “and there’s always some video that ends up on YouTube, and I’m like: ‘Nooooo!’”

Today, true to form, Rocha posted a YouTube video of their latest trip—but this time, Prinsloo is all for it. The 23-minute film, by Rocha’s husband, James Conran, and viewable here, documents the visit the two models recently paid to Haiti. It was an effort to spread the word about the deprivation that remains there almost two years after the country’s catastrophic earthquake, and to spread love, too: Rocha arrived at an orphanage bearing soccer balls, art supplies, and letters from Canadian and American students that she’d collected and painstakingly translated herself. “I mean, I know French, but I don’t know if it was perfect French. I did it with help from Google,” Rocha said.

The film screened at Milk Gallery last night, to a crowd that included Zac Posen, Hilary Rhoda, and Karlie Kloss; black-and-white photos taken by Prinsloo (who said she’s plenty busy at the moment with Victoria’s Secret work) were up for silent auction, with proceeds going toward the orphan nonprofit LakayPAM. “What really stuck out was how kids never stop smiling,” the Namibian-born model said. “Even though there’s disaster around them and they’re orphans, they are still just light and happiness.”

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