High time to end sexual harassment in the fashion industry

High time to end sexual harassment in the fashion industry

Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct problems towards models has always been known and ignored in the fashion industry. Models, under the influence of powerful fashion figures, are scared to speak against their abusers. However, today more and more models speak and denounce what is really happening in this industry. Early 2018, the #MeToo campaign has unveiled the dark side of the industry, denouncing sexual misconduct towards models, sexual assault and denounced powerful fashion photographers such as Mario Testino, Bruce Weber and Terry Richardson who work with the biggest fashion magazines and luxury brands. All these stories about inappropriate behaviors are now popping up and models start to share their stories. Model Ashley Graham explained she experimented sexual misconduct problems when she was 17. More models, such as RJ King, Myla Dalbesio and Madisyn Ritland, experimented harassment in the fashion industry as well. According the Globe reported almost 60 percent of the models claimed they have « been touched inappropriately during work-related situation. » To protect their models, LVMH signed a contract that ban models under 16 and under a French 34 size to work. Models between 16 and 18 are not allowed to work at night. Facing this situation and the awareness of this issue in this industry, models start to fight against this danger and want to end sexual harassment. At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in Denmark in may 2017, 100 models grouped together to announce the ‘Respect program’, a new program, led by the model Sara Ziff that asks brands, modeling agencies, and media outlets to sign a contract to protect models.

Océane Fiaschi

2018-11-14T14:56:52+00:00