Anna Wintour announced yesterday on the 13th of January she would be putting her working relationship with Mario Testino and Bruce Webber on pause until the sexual misconduct controversy had been resolved. The New York Times reported recently that several models accused them of varying levels of misconduct.
Vogue shared a statement on their website where the editor-in-chief addressed a story from The New York Times published on Saturday. In their report, several models alleged that the two photographers “exploited them;” a claim both men vehemently deny.
Wintour, in a short essay written on her official Instagram account, said in the past few months she has felt “astonished” by the amount of change going on, which is finally addressing the “abuse of power” that has gone on for far too long in many places.
Finally, women in the fashion industry are speaking out against coercion and manipulation including situations like during “go-see’s,” and during photo shoots.
The 68-year-old artistic director of Condé Nast declared their company will now follow a new Code of Conduct which states that models must be informed of situations before they’re performed and must be consented to before the fact.
Additionally, the use of recreational drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on set ever and sexually suggestive poses “must be approved” in advance.
Wintour continued, stating the industry must hold up a mirror to themselves to figure out how to create an environment where unacceptable behavior is permanently stomped out.
The director indicated Testino and Weber have been personal friends of hers for a long time and have made a lot of contributions to organizations like Vogue.
However, their relationship must come to a halt momentarily, or possibly even indefinitely.
The accusations against Bruce and Mario are just one of many in the last six months, ever since the publication of New York Times’ report on Harvey Weinstein.