A report by The Boston Globe adds more prominent photographers to the list of those accused of sexual misconduct. Princess Diana's personal photographer and two Victoria's Secret photographers are among the newly named.
The models who have come forward share graphic stories of abuse and misconduct both on set and off. Their allegations deepen the narrative of the industry elite using their power and promises of career advancement to take advantage of aspiring models, some as young as 15 years old.
Patrick Demarchelier, once the personal photographer to Princess Diana and now an industry powerhouse, denies the claims against him. "It's ridiculous," he said. Conde Nast decided in December to stop commissioning new work from Demarchelier.
Former Victoria's Secret photographer David Bellemere said he's "never done anything like this in [his] life". The lingerie brand cut their ties with Bellemere in the fall of 2016 after some of their "Angels" complained about inappropriate touching and kissing. A spokeswoman for fashion brand Lord & Taylor also acknowledges that they have been made aware of the photographer's behavior. The brand has not hired Bellemere since early 2016.
Victoria's Secret has also suspended its relationship with photographer Greg Kadel, and is conducting a third-party investigation of the allegations against him. An agent for Kadel, Ernesto Qualizza, says Kadel has "never used his power in any way that is unbecoming." Several models say otherwise.
The full report by the Spotlight Team at the Boston Globe is a disturbing look into a glamorous industry.
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