Fashion models expose sexual harassment

From BBC - December 6, 2017

The fashion industry is failing to deal with the problem of sexual harassment, the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told.

In the UK, professional agencies represent about 12,000 models. Here are some of their stories.


"One example I can think of was for a jeans brand. I turned up at the shoot, got the clothes on, got my make-up done, and then the make-up artist then left and I was left with the photographer.

"And we did the shoot and I went to the bathroom for a break. I came back and the photographer was on his knees, where I was supposed to be standing, and I stepped in and he just grabbed me by the legs and wanted me to then perform an act on him.

"And I just froze. I think the trouble is that you just freeze in these situations as it came out of nowhere.

"I did not tell anyone about it, I just went on the bus home, shaking.

"My first thought was 'Am I going to get paid for this now?' as he might go and tell my agent and then I would not get paid for it, so I just kept quiet."

Anonymous model

"I was sexually assaulted by a stylist on a well known hair brand.

"He grabbed me by the throat, grabbed me in-between my legs, and he told me my body was disgusting.

"I could not get out, I did not have keys, I did not have a phone. I pushed him away when he tried to kiss me.


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