Patrick Demarchelier and more accused of sexual misconduct

More than 50 models spoke to the Globe Spotlight Team about sexual misconduct they experienced on the job, from inappropriate touching to assaults. Collectively, these models — predominantly females, although also males — made credible allegations of sexual misconduct against at least 25 photographers, agents, stylists, casting directors, and other industry professionals.

The accused men include some of the most well-known and were often named by multiple women — in one case, seven — for alleged sexual misconduct.

Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere and Greg Kadel are the latest “powerbrokers in the multibillion-dollar fashion industry” accused of sexual misconduct in the Boston Globes revealing and horrifying report on fashion’s darkest truth.

The models also identified photographers Andre Passos, Seth Sabal and stylist Karl Templer as predators.

“The fashion world is rife with sexual misconduct for reasons built into the business” claim the industry veterans in Boston Globe. “Models are usually minors when they enter the field, a highly sexualized adult world with little supervision and no job protections… And the very nature of models’ work involves the marketing of seduction. At times, they are asked to dramatize sexual behavior they may not yet have experienced in real life. They regularly undress in front of colleagues and often appear scantily clad, sometimes with no clothes at all, to sell everything from watches to lingerie. It is an industry, the models told the Spotlight Team, where the sexual and financial exploitation of teenagers is almost routine. Nearly 60 percent of models interviewed by the Globe said they had been touched inappropriately during work-related situations, the violations ranging from unwanted kissing to rape. Yet, for decades, victims of sexual misconduct in the fashion world have struggled to be heard and taken seriously”.

Per the newspaper all of the men denied the allegations against them with”many complained that they can’t fully defend themselves when the Globe protects the identities of alleged victims, including by not always disclosing names, dates, and locations to them”.

After Globe inquiries last week, Conde Nast, a media conglomerate that includes Vogue, Glamour, and GQ, said it has stopped working for now with Demarchelier and Kadel, and Victoria’s Secret said it has suspended its relationship with Kadel.

Cameron Russel’s #MeToo Instagram movement led to the the case of renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

One of Demarchelier’s former photo assistants wrote to Vogue editor Anna Wintour about “relentless advances by Demarchelier beginning when she was a 19-year-old intern… As his subordinate she eventually gave into his sexual demands, feeling that she could not continue to reject him without endangering her position. When she did resist, she said, he would later berate her on the job. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, urged Wintour to prevent Demarchelier from having access to other young women” reports The Globe.

Asked by the Globe about the various sexual misconduct allegations, Demarchelier said it was “impossible” that the multiple complaints against him were true.

“People lie and they tell stories. It’s ridiculous” Demarchelier responded. For the photographer the accusations is “pure lying” by models who “get frustrated if they don’t work.”

In recent weeks Kate Upton and Miranda Vee accused Guess cofounder Paul Marciano of sexual assault (he denies the accusations).

Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal Terry Richardson, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino have been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment. The industry is having a wake up call yet we are all to blame.

“It’s interesting and frustrating that now people want to finally pay attention” says Coco Rocha.

Male models said they have also been subjected to sexual misconduct by some of the industry’s top photographers, including Mario Testino and Bruce Weber.

Several brands and magazines, including Conde Nast, Burberry, Michael Kors, and Stuart Weitzman, severed ties with one or both of the men after a New York Times story in January identified them as alleged sexual predators.

In the report a teenager model who resisted going topless for German Vogue said the photographer suggested that a male model forcibly have sex with her to “loosen her up.”

Both companies denied any knowledge of these incidents and said they don’t tolerate sexual harassment.

Some said models said “their agents gave them drugs and alcohol, withheld earnings, coerced them into sexual relationships as teenagers, failed to inform them that photo shoots would require nudity, encouraged them to sleep with photographers to advance their careers, and sent them to sets with known predators, among other transgressions”.


Model Mafia and Cameron Russell urge the models to come forward. “Yes, we need high-profile perpetrators to be held accountable” told the Globe Russell, the model who started the #myjobshouldnotincludeabuse campaign, told the Globe. Per Zuzanna Krzatala, a Model Mafia member, the industry needs to change “the twisted rules of the game. If I quit, then someone else is going to take my job, take my space. They’re going to endure the same sort of harassment, disrespect,” Krzatala added. “It’s about changing the culture, once and for all.”

“If people really understood what goes on behind the glamour of the industry, they would be mortified,” said Abbey Lee, an Australian model who, despite having been fondled on sets, describes herself as “one of the lucky ones.”

Neon Demon just got real.

Read the report here