Yes, you read the title right. This is a personal observation from what I’ve seen all week on how the giant fashion magazines such as Porter, the Net-a-Porter magazine, Hearst magazines, which owns Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Marie Claire have been causing an outcry on social media about photographer Terry Richardson, who they have commissioned for years, to shoot their covers and more. After reading numerous blogs, newspapers, etc. I couldn’t understand how these women, waited so long to talk about it. Keep in mind I’m a woman myself, and I’m not defending Terry Richardson, but I am questioning these publications and models who have worked with the photographer, knowing his past allegations of sexual harassment. In addition, are we turning a blind eye to his photos?, because if you look closely you could see how they all tell some snort of raunchy stories behind the scenes. By the looks of it everyone seemed to be having a good time.
I read in NY times today how some industry insiders have begun to question whether fashion’s efforts to distance itself from Mr. Richardson is an attempt to Band-Aid over a deeper crisis, to make a public example of an offender already accused in order to appear to be taking action, when a much broader and more systemic approach needs to be adopted. And again not defending Terry Richardson, but we must look at ourselves for jumping on a bandwagon, when we know these magazines knew of his past allegations, according to reports, there are a few complaints from models who have worked with him in the past and nothing was done, but he sure kept getting booked. I refuse to get to deep but I’m sure these models knew his history, but still wanted to shoot with him for fame, status, and an opportunity. I feel for those women, because no one deserves to be treated the way they claim to have been mistreated, nor is it acceptable or condoning, but we must take responsibilities for our actions once and for all.
A quote from the NYTimes article. to read full article click here
“This will not be solved simply by banning the use of one photographer,” said the model Edie Campbell.
It seems a few people are coming out in his defense and by now he must be feeling some sort of way or maybe not, but we all know the problem is larger than Terry Richardson, so what do we do now? according to Mr. Richardson who has not denied his behavior but has always maintained that any sexual activity was consensual. No criminal charges ever been filed. (sounds questionable).
Today as I was on my daily gram grind, and decided to be nosy and look at Mr. Richardson instagram to see if he has kept way from social media, but instead I see a coffee mug which says #2 dad and Rihanna comments with a laughing emoji. So by the looks of it Mr. Richardson still has a few of his high profiled checking for him.. let’s see whose next the music industry?