The Dark Side of Modeling: Sexual Abuse in the Fashion Industry

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

(Trigger Warning: this post contains personal accounts of women who have been sexually harassed, assaulted and raped. If reading this would be triggering for you, please feel free to click away.)

When I was a little girl, I often saw women on the cover of fashion magazines. I was struck by how those women seemed larger than life. Powerful. Seemingly untouchable.

What I didn’t know is that all too often, these women are placed in positions where they feel powerless, invisible and afraid.

There are countless stories of women being asked for nude photos or sexual favors in exchange for receiving shoots or jobs, and when they refuse, being told “you’ll never make it in this industry”, or “I’ll get you blacklisted.” I’ve also experienced this myself.

“I told him I was 16. He started talking about his apparent attraction to me despite continuously mentioning how young he knew I was. At the end of his speech about how “attractive” I was, he told me that if the feeling was mutual, he’d work with me for fr