So disgusting and scary! Kate Upton has revealed that Paul Marciano, the co-founder of Guess, has groped her before when she was no older than 18! But that is not all – check out the details!
As you may remember, at the end of last month, the model took to social media to hint that Marciano has harassed females before.
But now that Kate sat down for an interview with Time, she decided to reveal in detail her own experience with being sexually harassed when she was just starting in the modeling industry.
‘After the very first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign, Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet me. As soon as I walked in along with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed both my breasts and started feeling them — actually playing with them. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I am making sure they are real,’’ the model recalled.
According to Kate, that was not the end of the inappropriate treatment she experienced.
‘At one point he grabbed the back of my head so I could not move and started kissing my face and my neck. I remember not wanting to say ‘Get off of me‘ because I did not want to open my mouth to say anything because I did not want him to put his tongue in my mouth. I had two options: do everything I could to wiggle away and avoid the pursuit, or punch the CEO of Guess. So I just decided to wiggle away,’ Upton shared.
A month later when she returned for another Guess shoot, she was way more on guard, knowing what type of man Marciano was, but even so, ‘He continued to insist.’
‘He said that he was already in the hotel lobby. He called my room from the hotel lobby desk. After several denials, I turned off my phone and locked the door – tried to get some sleep. I was terrified. All I could think of was if he was able to get into my room it wouldn’t be good.’
Disturbingly enough, the very next day she was fired from the job and the reason will shock you!
‘I learned I’d been fired from the shoot. Someone called my agency to say I’d gotten fat and wouldn’t be needed on set. I was devastated, especially because at this point in time no one from Guess had even seen me.’
Paul continued to pursue her even after that episode, but fortunately, photographers Ellen von Unwerth and Yu Tsai did their best to protect her against the man.
In 2011, she got fired again from a Guess shoot for the same reason.
‘Get that fat pig off my set,’ Marciano reportedly shouted.
‘I am sick of being silenced and expected to sweep everything under the rug. I am sick of being expected to laugh off aggressive advances and accept the power imbalances. I am sick of being expected to endure all this while being polite and professional. Paul used his power to make me feel insecure and powerless, but I am not going to let him intimidate me anymore. These men think they’re untouchable, but times are changing,’ Upton stated.