This is something that I am proud to hear being said, and I genuinely hope it continues to be said. When I saw this article making the rounds online, I knew I had to help spread its message, not just because it is important in my industry, but also in my personal life. Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable, and I will always fight against it. Awareness is step one, speaking out is step two.
I work professionally as a glamour photographer. I have worked with hundreds of models over the years, and have (sadly) heard so many awful stories of what models have gone through with some photographers, agents and industry people. On top of that, my wife of 15 years also models, and my 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son have been to major agencies to interview to possibly get into modeling (a decision they eventually decided against on their own, for the record). I refuse to sit back and let the industry I work in, and basically live in, continue on this terrible path.
Flare.com posted a detailed article about this "ugly truth", and it hit close to home; I have heard so many similar and equally horrific stories from models that I've worked with over the years.
So if you're reading this, you can help. Spread this article around, especially the in fashion and glamour industries, and refuse to stay silent. I've learned over the years that the biggest challenge most models deal with is simply the naivete of youth, and it makes them easy targets for abusers and predators. Being sexually harassed or raped is never, ever the model's fault.
If you disagree with me on that, then you and I are not friends. We are not associates. And I have no respect for you. Photographers who abuse or sexually harass models are very much my enemies. And let it be known, I'm gunning for you.
Share this message any way you want, but do share it. Awareness is everything.