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Photographer Terry Richardson has worked with a variety of celebrities and models, from Miley Cyrus, Beyonce’ and the Kardashian sisters.
Most recently, Richardson has worked with Glee star Lea Michele. However, that’s not enough to make some models like his work. Some models have even spoken out again his work and claim they “wouldn’t work with him again.”
Model Alise Shoemaker of Model Alliance, a nonprofit organization, isn’t afraid to discuss the dark side of modeling and push for the models’ rights. This dark side includes sexual harassment, lack of compensations and Richardson.
“I think almost every model has had an encounter with him, whether it be good or bad. I would say the majority are complaints,” Shoemarker told HuffPostLive, notes the Huffington Post. She discussed that many times models find themselves in a position to do “compromising” work.
Sara Ziff, the founder of Model Alliance, also explained that “[Richardson] will ask you to take your clothes off at the casting, and in some cases, give him sexual favors.”
She discussed how it is an example of “people who abuse their power” in the industry. There are many models that would feel like they weren’t up to par with others if they rejected to show more skin. They are usually afraid that it may damage their careers.
Model Alliance works to ensure models know their rights and has last year made an effort to include children’s modeling under child performers under the Department of Labor. That would require children to take breaks every four hours and have work permits.
Richardson did not respond to Ziff and Shomaker's comments.
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