Fashion models display passionate harassment

The conform attention is unwell to understanding with the problem of passionate harassment, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told.

In the UK, veteran agencies represent about 12,000 models. Here are some of their stories.


“One instance we can consider of was for a jeans brand. we incited up at the shoot, got the garments on, got my make-up done, and then the make-up artist then left and we was left with the photographer.

“And we did the fire and we went to the lavatory for a break. we came back and the photographer was on his knees, where we was ostensible to be standing, and we stepped in and he just grabbed me by the legs and wanted me to then perform an act on him.

“And we just froze. we consider the difficulty is that you just solidify in these situations as it came out of nowhere.

“I didn’t tell anyone about it, we just went on the train home, shaking.

“My first suspicion was ‘Am we going to get paid for this now?’ as he competence go and tell my agent and then we wouldn’t get paid for it, so we just kept quiet.”

Anonymous model

“I was sexually assaulted by a stylist on a good famous hair brand.

“He grabbed me by the throat, grabbed me in-between my legs, and he told me my physique was disgusting.

“I couldn’t get out, we didn’t have keys, we didn’t have a phone. we pushed him divided when he tried to lick me.

“He finished up masturbating fibbing next to me.

“I told his boss, but he didn’t do anything since we hadn’t left to the police.

“He’s still operative now in the attention with womanlike models, around models all day.”

Other accounts from models who did not wish to be identified:

  • “Some agents are being paid to caterer out models”
  • “The photographer kept squeezing my nipples to get a some-more ‘sensual’ shot. we had a shirt on”
  • “We call it the ‘double swipe’, where the stylist grabs your junk as they fix your look”
  • “On set with make-up artists, stylists, et cetera, the photographer shoved his palm between my legs. we was 16”
  • “I told my agent about my abuse, they told me to ‘stay quiet, he’s too critical to remove as a client'”

Joelle Hedgepeth

“There was a flattering renouned photographer who wanted to fire me. But since we were in apart states, he wanted me to send bare photos of myself to him.

“I remember him asking me and me kind of knowing, ‘I know we don’t know much about the attention yet, but I’m flattering certain we don’t have to send you a bare photo for you to be means to tell what form of indication you want.’

“I tried to damp him but do it my way and we sent him photos of myself in my bikini. And he lashed out at me around content message, saying, ‘If you aren’t prepared for the genuine modelling world, don’t rubbish my time.’

“A photographer came to fire me in my home town. As we were scouting for a location, he asked me to lift the automobile over.

“I’m still young, still 17-18, and he kissed me. And we remember being like, ‘This is not OK.'”

Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel.

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