The Terry Richardson Scandal

By: Sara Habbas


The story of Harvey Weinstein isn’t the only one circulating the entertainment industry. In light of Weinstein’s allegations, the fashion industry began to notice Terry Richardson’s similar accusations of sexual assault.

Big name brands like Valentino and Conde Nast International have announced they are dropping Richardson, who is known to be a worldwide photographer for media giants.

Conde Nast International includes publications from Vogue’s European editions, such as Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia and British Vogue. James Woolhouse, COO of Conde Nast said in an email obtained by Telegraph, “Any shoots that have been commissioned or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.”

Following Conde Nast International’s announcement to ban the photographer, some of Richardson’s regular employers began announcing a similar decision. Valentino, one of the photographer’s most frequent partners told the Daily Beast that: “Valentino’s last campaign with photographer Terry Richardson was shot in July 2017—there are no plans on a future campaign and, of course, take these allegations against Terry Richardson seriously.”

Other brands have announced they are taking a stance against working with Richardson. Bulgari, Diesel, Target and H&M have all cut ties with the photographer.

Prabal Gurung, a New York-based designer, although never worked with Richardson, scolded his actions and the fashion industry for turning a blind-eye for so long on the incident. Gurung’s instagram post read, “We all have voices. We all matter. What will you say?

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