Multiple male models have come forth to accuse noted fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber of sexual assault and coercion, on top of the already growing accusations by female models against photographer Terry Richardson.
While it has long been well known amongst the fashion community (a quick search for "Terry Richardson sexual assault" turns up many first-hand accounts) that Richardson was allegedly abusing his models, the information provided by no less than 15 male models regarding Bruce Weber and 13 male models and assistants regarding Mario Testino is relatively new. However, as light continues to be shed on these situations, it seems these facts were at least tacitly known by those at the upper echelons of the fashion and photography worlds.
Regarding the allegations, Bruce Weber stated “I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny,” while Testino's law firm "challenged the characters and credibility" of those making accusations against him. However, due to the frequency and disturbing detail in which the claims have been made, it's hard to disbelieve those accusing both photographers.
So hard, in fact, that Vogue—once it was done promoting a new cover of Serena Williams shot by Mario Testino—announced that parent company Condé Nast had implemented new rules for its photo shoots, including things like "alcohol will no longer be allowed on Condé Nast sets" and "any shoot involving nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use, or sexually suggestive poses must be approved in advance by the subject." A statement made by Anna Wintour just three days ago, long after the initial allegations surfaced about Weber, expresses that despite the fact "both are personal friends of [hers] who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast," those at the media conglomerate have "decided to put [their] working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future."
Somehow, that doesn't feel like enough.