Vogue Cuts Ties With Mario Testino And Bruce Weber | Clozette

Behind the beautiful and aspirational world of modelling lies the truth that the industry is full of actual people aiming to book a casting and making a career. While some are from A-list families, some models need to wait for years for a big break to have their faces on the campaigns of well-known brands or on the covers and spreads of magazines like Vogue.


In this light, it is worth mentioning that nudity has often been a subject of art even way beyond the time of photography. It has been present in both film and print — and now the digital world — with the developing notion that 'sex sells'. It has become some sort of an industry open secret. However, isn't it devastating to count one's nakedness on the account of professionalism and art be taken advantage of?  


Prominent names accused


Bruce Weber, whose racy ads for companies like Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch helped turn him into one of the most prominent names in commercial photography, has been accused by former and current male models of using his name and power to incite unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual acts during photo shoots.



A throwback photo shared by Weber


Meanwhile, English royal family and Vogue favourite Mario Testino was also subjected to claims by models and assistants of sexual advances to the extent of groping and stimulation. 


Victims, witnesses, and garnering a reputation


Much like the #MeToo campaign that rose from the Harvey Weinstein cases, the domino effect of people standing up to their molesters has started. From former models who worked with the said photographers decades back to shoot producers and assistants who have witnessed first-hand such incidents of harassment, people are banding together to shed light on these two prominent photographers' history of sexual exploitation. 


Testino with social media star Chiara Ferragni and supermodel Gisele Gisele Bündchen in a recent Instagram photo


“[Testino] behaved often as if it was all a big joke. But it wasn’t funny.” Thomas Hargreave, a shoot producer who frequently worked with the photographer claimed in a recent New York Times interview

In the same interview, it was mentioned that models claim that young men who work with Weber need to have private visits with him. “They even have a term for it: ‘He’s going to get Brucified,’” said Rudi Dollmayer, a Swedish model who also got to work with Weber. 


In line of defence and Conde Nast suspension


Both Weber and Testino's teams have made statements denying the accusations. 


Weber expressed in an interview with The Times, “I’ve been taking pictures for over 40 years and have the utmost respect for everyone I’ve ever photographed. I would never, ever, try to hurt anyone or prevent someone from succeeding — it’s just not in my character.” 



On the other hand, Testino's law firm claimed that their client was “shocked by the allegations” and that the accusers “could not confirm any of the claims.”


Still, with the accounts strong against both photographers, they were suspended from all Conde Nast titles such as Allure, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. 




Anna Wintour, creative director of Conde Nast and personal friend of both accused stated, "I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Conde Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future."


Along with the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement in Hollywood and the long-overdue strong campaigns against sexual exploitation in major industries across the nation, we have yet to see how the story develops and to where this new awakening and fight will take us moving forward. 




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