For a fashion model, success is the ability to incite desire. The job requirements often include nudity and feigning seduction; provocation is a lever for sales. In the industry, boundaries between the acceptable and the unacceptable treatment of models have been etched in shades of gray. This has allowed prominent photographers to cross the line with impunity for decades, sexually exploiting models and assistants.
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Vogue has suspended two famed fashion photographers following allegations of sexual exploitation by dozens of male models. Testino was accused of making sexual advances by 13 male models and former assistants, and Weber was accused by 15 male models of sexually coercive behavior and subjecting them to unnecessary nudity during shoots. Weber famously shot racy ads Calvin Klein. Models have accused Testino of groping them during photo shoots and masturbating in front of them.
Mario Testino. Photo: Ilya S. On Saturday morning, The New York Times reported that numerous male models and assistants have come forth to accuse renowned fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct.