Publishers and fashion houses drop Mario Testino and Bruce Weber amidst accusations of sexual exploitation

Mario Testino and Bruce Weber, the photography giants of the fashion world, have been accused of sexual harassment by multiple male models.

It is hard not to have come across the name Mario Testino. With a photography career spanning more than 3 decades, he has been associated with almost every high-end luxury brand, fashion house, and magazine. Also a close friend of the British royal family and an OBE, his is a name to be reckoned with. So when The New York Times exposé hit the internet, it sent ripples across the fashion world.

Testino has been accused of sexually harassing 13 male models and photography assistants. They accused him of subjecting them to unsolicited sexual advances. This has left the fashion fraternity appalled and shocked. The paper also reported that the law firm that represents him said his former employees are “shocked by the allegations” and “couldn't confirm any of the claims.”

Bruce Weber, another photographer and a legend in the fashion world, is also reported to have been accused by 15 current and former models of subjecting them to unwarranted nudity and sexual behaviour through intimidation. Weber responded in a statement through his lawyer “I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny.”

They have been suspended from working with numerous fashion houses and magazine. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of US Vogue said in a public statement on vogue.com, that the allegations are “heartbreaking.” She went ahead and added that she considered “the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future”.

Read the original exposé as given in the The New York Times article here.  

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