Vogue has spoken out against Terry Richardson stating it has “no plans” to work with him. This is most likely due to his numerous sexual harassment allegations. After the latest controversy surrounding photographer Terry Richardson, the monumental Vogue has been one of the first in the fashion community to actively respond to these scandals. Recently, Richardson allegedly offered an exchange of sex for a Vogue photoshoot to model Emma Appleton. A screen shot of a Facebook chat started circulating around the internet. The continuously negative news of Richardson has upset countless members of the fashion community and has created a radical online uproar, something magazines and designers can’t continue to ignore. Vogue further explained their stance on the issue saying that, “The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future” (US Weekly).
Miley Cyrus at Terry’s studio
Richardson always takes an extremely defensive stance when confronted with these allegations. He has even issued a statement in denial of all claims. In the most recent scandal, his spokesperson denied the value and authenticity of the accusation, stating that the Facebook account was fake. The number of models who have spoken out against Richardson is quite shocking, yet none have received justice. In fact, Richardson has never been charged with or convicted of a crime in connection with the allegations.
A magazine cover photographed by Richardson
Richardson has photographed campaigns for some of the most well-known brands such as Valentino and does photoshoots for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar. He has photographed celebrities and famous figures from Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, to President Barack Obama. He is a well-known and well-connected person, which has lead to his tyrannical abuse of women in the workplace being dismissed. His hyper-sexualized photography style has lead models to speak about their uncomfortable encounters while working with Richardson. It is about time fashion companies are stepping up to this photographer. It is quite obvious that he is not favored in popular opinion, especially within online niche communities in the fashion world. Hopefully we can see even more large business and corporations such as Vogue take a stand against Richardson.Written by Taylor Aube. Images via Harper’s Bazaar and Terry’s Diary.