'Vanderpump Rules' Star Tom Sandoval Reflects On His Time In The Modeling Industry: "I Dealt With So Much Harassment And Creepiness"
In a time when the #metoo movement is still alive as ever, especially after what seems to be the whole world having an opinion of accusations discussed in 'Surviving R. Kelly,' it is often overlooked that males also face sexual and workplace harassment from both the same and opposite sex.
Tom Sandoval recently opened up about some of his own experiences as a male model. The 'Vanderpump Rules' star worked in every major location for over 15 years before finding fame on Bravo.
Between pay differences and physical harassment -- Sandoval has experienced it all.
"The girl would get a dressing room and a robe if she was in a bathing suit and lingerie. And a guy would have to change naked next to the clothing rack. This was standard for a shoot. Even runway shows… the guys were like, ‘You need to change next to a clothing rack.’ The stylists is like, watching you change buck naked. ‘Let me adjust that underwear,'" Tom revealed during a recent podcast appearance.
"But the girls were always [taken care of]. 'Cause think about it, if you’re a male photographer and it gets out that a girl felt uncomfortable or a girl felt a certain way, it’s a huge deal. But if a guy, it’s like, 'Deal with it. You’re a male model. This is what it is. This is what it takes.' It was just like a normal f****** thing."
The TomTom owner also spoke about working with a few of the disgraced photographers that have been called out by multiple male models after the #metoo movement began.
He was actually at one of the shoots accused photographer Mario Testino worked at and recalled what happened during that time.
"I remember when I shot for Abercrombie, we had a fitting. And this one dude in particular, he didn’t get a fitting because he wasn’t going to shoot with clothing on. He was going to shoot naked the whole time. And whoever’s the easiest to work with, or photographs best, stays more days. And you get paid by the day."
The 'Vanderpump Rules' star noted that it wasn't all bad. Tom thinks modeling is definitely a young man's game.