Edie Campbell said the fashion industry is also abusing models


British model Edie Campbell accused the fashion industry of abusing models by creating an environment of “poisonous macho and patriarchy.”

In an open letter to the Women’s Wear Daily, Campbell highlighted the abuse of male models, suggesting that it was not discussed in the media because it was a “more complex” one.
“We have a problem: we operate in an abused culture, in all its manifestations, which may be modesty and humiliation, demeanor of assistants, game of power and screaming, and we’ve looked at this It’s part of the job. ”

Campbell’s letter is in response to Instagram’s activities to raise awareness of the American model Cameron Russell’s model sexual exploitation started in October. Several young men and women use this platform to break the abuse of silence by photographers.

Russell was so shocked by the response that she passed Gwyneth Paltrow, Adwoa Aboah, Amber Valletta and Karen Elr Share these experiences with social media networks in large industries such as Karen Elson.

Campbell, 27, who used to imitate Chanel, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, told the Guardian she hopes the campaign will get more people to voice their opinions. “We are listening and we will support you.”
Campbell said media coverage of the situation has almost stopped when Terry Richardson was rejected by several fashion houses after Condé Naste issued a corporate-wide decree that banned photographers from using allegations of misconduct.

The clickbait article from the Broadsheet newspaper avoids the more subtle and complex fact that not all models that share their story with Cameron are talking about the same photographer.

“Many of them are male models, and while many men bravely tell their stories through Cameron’s Instagram, the mainstream media rarely mentions sexual abuse of male models.

Campbell said she suspects that the statistics between men and women are equally distributed. “I think it’s harder for the victim to speak: the language does not exist, and the conversation now plays an important part in supporting young female victims. There may be greater shame because there is a stigma involved. Abuse can be seen as castration and then homosexuality The subtle theme. “

Cory Bond, a male model, published a rare sexual harassment report in a 2016 Facebook page: “I’ve been an undue touch and victim of sexual assault in the modeling business, I was beaten once in my 19-year career and I’m not going to say that because I’m scared of not working and doing my favorite job, you just want it to disappear, but believe me, some authorities think that because of its power And they can do whatever they want, so even if they are years later I can trust the charges against them and people should keep their hands. ”

Campbell described it as an “artist genius” in the industry – he said some photographers have celebrity status as magazines editors, art directors and creatives who can represent their favorite behaviors. She writes that they, their assistants, agents and support teams turned a blind eye, perpetuating “poison manliness” and “patriarchy.”

Campbell added in her letter that she, as a model, had never personally experienced sexual abuse since her first work with Vogue and Mario Testino. But she admitted that there is a serious problem in this industry.

“We operate in a culture that accepts abuse, in all its manifestations.”

She said she hopes that continuous dialogue and serious reflection will lead to changes in the industry.

“I think there’s a creative mindset from a young generation in the fashion world, and I think their sense of self-esteem is stronger and does not arouse fear and reverence for people around them.” I think fashion has become more real. ”

Campbell called for the industry to take responsibility. “If all the agencies, performers, and designers take the same hard-line approach to dealing with people you think are abusers, we may be closer to finding a solution. For all others: do not be silent. Your inaction is Conspiracy.

She said: “So far (the answer has been) very positive.” Many people agree with this view of expression, I hope it shows that there is an audience, those who say have a lot of goodwill. “