Mario Testino and Bruce Weber are well renowned photographer of the industry. They both have been accused by a bunch of male models of Sexual Misconduct Allegations.
As, reported by New York Times, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino has been accused by current and former Male models for sexual misconduct.
2017 has seen a series of allegations of sexual misconduct. 2018 saw a revolution with #Times Up Now Moment. A lot of victims have been now encouraged to come forward. Due to which a lot of cases has been reported lately including The accusations of Golden Globe award winner Aniz Ansari.
In response to the allegations against these photographer Anna Wintour gave an official statement in Vogue. Anna is Vogue’s Editor in Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director.
A Photo of Anna Wintour by Mario Testino.
Anna, first and foremost admires the courage of victims and is saddened how much it has become a part of every industry.
“The past several months have been an extraordinary time of reckoning and change, and I, like so many others, have been astonished by the courage of those who have come forward to tell stories of sexual misconduct. Abuse of power has gone on for too long in so many places—including in Washington, in Hollywood, in broadcasting, journalism, Silicon Valley, and last but not least, in fashion, where many young women and men have spoken up about manipulation and coercion on go-sees, on shoots, and in other working environments.”
She then disclosed that some new rules that have been made, to make sure that such instances are stopped.
Anna has very wisely questioned everyone’s role in this scenario. Is everyone doing enough to Protect each other.
” Even as we stand with victims of abuse and misconduct, we must also hold a mirror up to ourselves—and ask if we are doing our utmost to protect those we work with so that unacceptable conduct never happens on our watch. Sometimes that means addressing the fact that such behavior can occur close to home. ”
The Vogue editor has known both Bruce and Mario on a personal level. But the seriousness of Allegations has led her to take a stern decision.
” Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront. Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged. I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future.”
I want to address the recent allegations made against me. I unequivocally deny these charges and will vigorously defend myself. I have spent my career capturing the human spirit through photographs and am confident that, in due time, the truth will prevail. I am grateful for the outpouring of support I have received. -Bruce Weber
Both Photographers have denied the allegations. There can be two sides of the same story, especially in such cases. It is important to find the truth first.
Whatever be the story we hope the culprits gets appropriate punishment. We also pray for the victims and appreciate their strength to come out and raise their voice.