If there’s a Harvey Weinstein of the fashion world, it’s probably Terry Richardson. But while Harvey Weinstein’s loathsome behavior was an “open secret” in Hollywood, Richardson’s behavior isn’t a secret at all – models have been actively blowing the whistle on him for years. Unfortunately, magazines opted to flagrantly ignore those allegations and put “Uncle Terry’s” work on their covers. Now that paying attention to women’s stories of sexual harassment and assault is cool, Condé Nast International has finally blacklisted the photographer.
The news of Terry’s ousting comes courtesy of The Telegraph, who obtained an internal memo sent by COO James Woolhouse. “I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson,” it stated.
While Condé Nast International doesn’t include the brand’s American titles (Vogue, W etc), my hunch is that they’ll soon follow suit. With major fashion figures (most notably Cameron Russell) standing up to say “enough is enough,” titles can no longer pretend the allegations against Richardson don’t exist, no matter how playful and flash-heavy his photos may be.
Better late than never, I guess.