Vogue Has "No Plans" to Work With Photographer Terry Richardson
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.
You are such an inspiration I hope to meet you one day. Your life is going to be amazing.
Thank you so much for this message and I hope I live up to your expectations! You are so sweet to say something like this :) You made my day, thank you. I have met a bunch of people from Tumblr so if we are ever at the same place, at the same time, lets hang out!
So they’ve pushed you 13-17 years through the education system and unless you are going to continue that streak with grad school or med school, it’s off into the real world we go. The problem is, how does a 21-year-old like myself apply everything I’ve learned in those many years of schooling into real life? Life is much more complicated than the typical human being’s status quo - getting an education, finding a job, starting a family, and hopefully, living happily ever after.
A lot of the problem is that you know what you want to do, but you don’t know the steps on how to get there. There is a misunderstanding between the notions of the societal pressures we face as the leading generation of young workers and entrepreneurs and the fact that, if we don’t live up to society’s expectations we won’t amount to anything. These concerns are flying through my mind, and many other soon-to-be graduates. There is a huge pressure on people my age who, fresh out of the education system’s womb, need to find what we want to do and get paid a great salary. Well sometimes you just don’t know what you want to do and then you start to have existential headaches. To put it plain and simple you ask yourself, “What the fuck am I going to do with my life?” Thus we have a quarter-life crisis. And unfortunately we don’t have enough money to buy a bright yellow Porsche boxster to make us feel better about our underachievements.
The one thing I fear most in life is having a monotonous 9-5 job. I don’t want to wake up at 7AM just to wait in traffic for two hours. I don’t want to have a 30 minute lunch break only to find that someone rummaged through my brown paper bag and stole my favorite apple sauce, along with the plastic spoon to eat it. I don’t want to, as T.S. Eliot said perfectly, “measure my life with coffee spoons.”
So what do I want, you may ask. I want expressive freedom over my life. I want to wake up every morning and create and innovate. I want to fulfill everyday knowing that I was happy and exercised my brain to it’s highest potential. I’ve always been the type of girl to do everything in my own unique way. In fact, the complete opposite of what society expects of me. If everyone was buying nude stilettos for spring, I would opt for a fluorescent green pair. My biggest problem in life wasn’t figuring out what I wanted to do, but rather, what I was good at. Now with the word “talent,” I often think of what I can do well enough to be able to get up on stage and perform my quirky trick in order to win people over. But talent resides in more than meets the eye. It took me a long time to find out what I was good at and it wasn’t until recently I realized my talent.
I love to write. I wouldn’t necessarily say that writing is my talent, because there are authors, poets and intellectuals around the world that would scoff at my grammar mistakes. Instead I think my talent is storytelling. I have the ability to take words and entrance people’s minds with visuals, rhetoric and anecdotes. With my talent, I want to find a job in freelance journalism and even write my own book one day. Now that isn’t the most sane of career paths in terms of paying back student loans or even affording rent, but it is one that I know will fulfill me and lead towards personal growth. It’s not what is expected of me. But I know I’m going to do something great, even if I followed a different path than everyone else.
If you are having a quarter-life crisis, it is important that you find out what you are good at. This could be anything. Seriously, anything. Someone or something has a need for your skill in the world, so don’t feel detached. When you have a strong sense of your talents, it will be easier to apply what you are good at, to what you think want to do in life. Knowing that you are good at something will lead to higher self-confidence. Also, don’t feel like you need to fit into the mold of the “status quo human being.” Just because you aren’t some hot-shot CEO of a company with an Ivy League degree doesn’t mean you didn’t live your life to your highest aspirations. Remember that there isn’t one formula to be successful. As long as you are taking your talents and using them to the best of your capabilities, you are doing just fine.
Deep breathe. Start exercising your talents. Think of how to apply them to your future. You got this. Crisis averted!
Starting a Conversation: How Erika Bearman aka OscarPRGirl is Changing the Face of Fashion Public Relations
I have recently been inspired by my studies of new media and how it relates to the fashion industry. PR can be applied to almost any field, but I always tend to focus on fashion, seeing as it is my biggest source of inspiration. Nowadays, It is hard to find a fashion brand that isn’t on social media. From local companies with 500 Instagram followers to luxury fashion houses, such as Christian Dior, topping 4 million followers on twitter; social media is a tool to discover and participate in online communities and conversations.
Engaging constituencies through social media has become a key objective for businesses and has heightened the role of public relations specialists as creators and stewards of relationships. An online presence is becoming increasingly more important for brands to nurture these relationships. The whole world is clicking, liking, scrolling and browsing, so now the question is: how do we get those people interacting with our organization?
If social media is the ultimate cocktail party, then the hostess would be Erika Bearman, better known as Oscar PR Girl. The woman behind @OscarPRGirl is the Senior VP of Public Relations at the fashion house Oscar de la Renta. Bearman and her team also run the Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr blog of the NYC based company.
Her PR method is strategic because she gives behind the scenes access, which everyone wants from the exclusive fashion industry, creating the transparency brands should have in order to connect with their fans. She gives tidbits of Oscar’s life including inspiring quotes, fashion sketches and pictures of his gardens. The followers of OscarPRGirl live vicariously through her presence on media. The It-Girl of social media answers her follower’s tweets and teases with her fabulous friends who are also part of the fashion industry. I think it is a very clever way of creating a transparent brand, establishing a relationship with consumers and followers, and creating a unique face for the brand that isn’t a model or a celebrity.
Many fashion houses struggle with connecting with consumers, fans and followers on social media – they seem distant and automated. This inauthenticity creates a wider gap between the company and the consumer, the exact opposite of what social media should be doing. One of the most important things OscarPRGirl has done is put a human voice back into the brand. Unafraid to express her opinions, musings, and everyday New York City observations, Bearman does a wonderful job at making the brand as authentic as it can be, just by being herself.
By opening up a dialogue, brands invite consumers to share their thoughts and opinions. Instead of brands pompously advocating to customers and clients, there is now a discussion between the two. This aids the two-way symmetrical business model that PR companies try to adhere to. Instead of a CEO ranting about the business’ objectives and sales, the conversation is now a dialog between the constituencies and the business. There is an apparent shift from push to pull communications.
OscarPRGirl has responded to my tweets on multiple occasions, offering insight and encouragement. Although I have never met her, she made a connection with me that would not have been possible 10 years ago. There is nothing more rewarding than when someone whom you admire notices you out of the thousands. It is important for brands to remember this. Creating a sense of dialog and a special sense of fulfillment between the consumer and the brand allows a more intimate relationship to bloom.
Social media is not always about getting the most “likes” or “favorites.” The key aspect of social media is to engage the consumers. The world is shifting into a social manifesto. It is important for a brand to collaborate and start a dialogue with its stakeholders. In fashion’s ongoing efforts to clarify whom the “Dior, Versace, Rodarte, etc.” woman is, social media will help brands create an identity and reputation that is everlasting within the fashion community. Luckily we know very well who one of them is.
I'm loving your blog and all Paris related stuff. I had the chance to study at SciencesPo Paris back in 2013 and I feel so glad that someone understands that feeling of "I've lived in Paris". Hope you had a great time there as much as I did. Des bisous, chérie - Josh, from Chile :)
Merci beaucoup :) Sciences Po is a great school! I’m sure it was a wonderful opportunity to study there. I loved being in Paris and the more I read and write about it, the more I want to go back. In the words of Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.”
1. You are now a sommelier. A wine connoisseur, if you will. You have developed an enlightened sense of taste while galavanting around Paris, exploring what its many wine stores have to offer. You open the bottle like a champion, highlight the importance of smelling the cork and swirling the glass. What type of wine you ask? Bordeaux. Always. “Darling,” as you give a fake smile, “the Moscato will be served with dessert, I would know…I lived in Paris…”
2. The smell of cheese does not phase you any more. It could smell like a pot of golden fondue or the equivalent of a three-day old TV dinner, but it all tastes amazing. Plus, you’ve smelt stranger things on the streets of Paris.
3. Baguettes will never be the same. That buttery crunch, that flakey goodness. And the fact that you finished half of it before you got home.
4. You’ve seen very unique ways of sneaking on to the metro. From the quirky limbo dance to impressive ballet moves, not even the transportation security will stop anyone from sneaking on.
5. PDA doesn’t phase you. They call it the city of love for a reason. Couples will lock lips just about anywhere, including right in front of your face on a crammed metro.
6. You can justify an all black wardrobe. The only time “Well everyone else is doing it!” is justifiable. Parisians always sport their favorite color, no matter what the season. Black will always be the new black.
7. The frustration that ensues whenever you hear an accordion playing. Accordion players are no joke in Paris. Those little spawns of satan are everywhere, and were conveniently on the metro whenever you were. The worst part was that you had to stop your music since there was no avoiding the unpleasant sounds that were about to follow. Another dear memory is the “singers.” Their 1980’s speaker blared at extremely high frequencies, enough to pop your eardrum.
8. You feel pretentious when you start sentences saying, “When I lived in Paris…” But at the same time you know how awesome it sounds, and say it anyways. (See #1).
9. 100 euros is 100 dollars, right? No, unfortunately not. Now let’s go shopping!
10. No matter how many times you’ve seen it, when you see the Eiffel Tower lights up at night your heart explodes. Drinking wine on the Champ de Mars with good friends, avoiding the crazies, just a typically ethereal night in Paris.
Drinking wine in public is a privilege and a right!