Has Terry Richardson been blacklisted from the fashion industry?
In wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, female exploitation has been reported on in disappointing and eye-opening regularity. The latest powerful man to be brought into the spotlight is notoriously predatory fashion photographer, Terry Richardson. You may not know him by name, but you would have probably seen his signature celebrity snaps of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Kate Moss shot in high flash against a white background. Perhaps his most prominent pop-culture work was directing Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' video clip, and recently photographing Kylie Jenner's 2017 calendar. But while his celebrity images are indeed recognisable, his non-celebrity images are often pornographic in nature.
The Telegraph report today that Richardson has been banned from working with Condé Nast International publications - which include the big-dogs of fashion mags; American and international Vogue, Vanity Fair, W magazine, and GQ. Allegedly obtaining an email from the publishing house, The Telegraph claim that "country presidents" were asked to "[kill or substitute]" all unpublished commissioned work from Richardson. The email sent by James Woolhouse, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Condé Nast International reads:
"I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.
Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.
Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter."
The email does not explicitly explain why work with the photographer has suddenly ceased, however it follows an article published by The Sunday Times over the weekend titled: "Why is Terry Richardson, who shot Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball video, still feted by fashionistas?" The 1,100 word article called Richardson "the Harvey Weinstein of fashion." This is not the first time the sexually explicit work of Richardson has been openly questioned and criticised. In 2014, a number of models came forward recounting sexually explicit requests from Richardson.
It has since surfaced that Valentino will also cease working with Richardson. Speaking to The Daily Beast, a spokesperson of the brand said: "Valentino's last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017 - there are no plans on a future campaign and, of course, take these allegations against Terry Richardson seriously."
The industry's decision to stop working with Richardson comes after model, Cameron Russell highlighted the sexual abuse and power imbalance within the fashion and modelling industry through her viral social media posts.
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