Terry Richardson photographing Lady Gaga
It is encouraging that after having turned a blind eye to his risqué antics for years, top fashion magazines Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour and Porter announced recently that they will no longer be working with (in)famous photographer Terry Richardson. Both Bulgari and Valentino have followed suit.
The fashion industry must be a safe working environment, and as future fashion practitioners, we can help rid the industry of unsavory elements. We must be aware of opportunities for abuse, and eliminate them. Use reputable photographers, and choose safe locations for shoots. Do not let your model be alone with the photographer, and provide appropriate changing areas that afford privacy. Believe the victims, investigate reports of impropriety, and act on the findings.
And above all, SPEAK OUT. It was the conspiracy of silence that allowed Harvey Weinstein to sexually harass vulnerable women (82 at the last count), over decades.