Kendall Jenner speaks about #MeToo in the fashion industry for the first time
Kendall Jenner attended the 2018 Golden Globe Awards donning black tulle Giambattista Valli dress in support of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. The model / reality TV star tweeted following the event that she was "honoured and humbled" to be in attendance. "My eyes were opened and my heat is full seeing all the men and women who were a part of this vital change. I too stand with all women #TimesUp," she said.
While the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are of course making waves in the entertainment industry, (no thanks to one powerful man by the name of Harvey Weinstein). The issues of sexual abuse, misconduct and harassment tap into just about every industry and workplace. In October last year, model Cameron Russell brought to light the instances of sexual misconduct and gender specific power play in the modelling industry through a powerful social media campaign in which models anonymously shared their stories of mistreatment with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse.
Now, in the Vogue April cover story Jenner has addressed the instances of sexual misconduct in the modelling industry for the first time. "Luckily, I haven't been put into a situation like that ever in my life," Jenner told Vogue. "I've heard about it for so long, I get it. I can try and understand it." She continued: "I think that it's so powerful that, in a time that's so... shitty, for lack of a better word... it's just really cool and empowering to see a bunch of women come together and say we're not going to stand for this -we're not taking it lightly; we are going full force. That's what I find so inspiring."
The movement across fashion and modelling is indeed in full force; with fashion magazines and designers blacklisting photographers who have had sexual harassment claims made against them, proving that there are ramifications for perpetrators - no matter how powerful or influential their work may be.
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