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More than two decades before #JeffreyEpstein took his own life, model and actress Alicia Arden went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that he groped her during what she thought was a modeling interview for the #VictoriasSecret catalog. Arden said she never heard back from investigators about her complaint. No charges ever came of it. And to this day she sees it as a glaring missed opportunity to bring the financier to justice long before he was accused of sexually abusing scores of teenage girls and women. | Read the full article in our story. #Time4RESPECT
Reposted with permission from @michelledeswarte, who also spoke with the Washington Post. ・・・ I was taken to Jeffrey Epstein house in 2001. Organized by my agency then called Karen’s now called mc2 it was one the most creepy experiences of my modeling career! I can only wish some peace and justice for those less fortunate then my self 🙏🏾
Jean-Luc Brunel is the former head of #KarinModels and #Mc2—two international modeling agencies that launched the careers of successful models. Former models have accused #JeanLucBrunel of drugging and date-raping them, and former employees claim that he recruited foreign, underage girls to be pimped out of #JeffreyEpstein’s New York apartments. The allegations against Brunel became well-known 30 years ago after a nationally televised program on 60 Minutes, echoed later in a book and court records. And yet, they sparked no apparent investigation. Nor did they prevent Brunel from continuing to exploit and assault others, according to former models. | Read more via the links in our stories. For confidential reporting or advice, you can contact MA Support via the email in our profile. You can also find additional resources on our website.
As of August 14, 2019, survivors of any age have a one-year window to come forward to prosecute childhood sexual abusers in New York. Learn more via the link in our bio. #ChildVictimsAct
Today, we joined @goodmorningamerica to discuss why over 100 models are calling on @victoriassecret to join the RESPECT Program, a legally binding agreement to create safe and fair working conditions in the fashion industry. #Time4RESPECT
We stand in solidarity with over 100 models and @timesupnow to fight sexual harassment, assault, and trafficking. @victoriassecret will you do the same? Learn more and read our letter (link in bio). #Time4RESPECT
According to the @nytimes, around the summer of 1996, “executives at L Brands learned that Mr. Epstein was trying to involve himself in the recruitment of lingerie models for the Victoria’s Secret catalog, a coveted assignment for young models and aspiring actresses. That was troubling: Victoria’s Secret sourced models from talent agencies, not individuals [...] When Mr. Wexner was informed about what Mr. Epstein was doing, he promised to take care of the issue, the two executives said.” The Times goes on to report that “nearly a decade later, in early 2006, Florida authorities charged Mr. Epstein with multiple counts of molestation and unlawful sexual activity with a minor. It wasn’t until 18 months later that Mr. Wexner cut ties with Mr. Epstein.” Read the full article via the link in our stories. #VictoriasSecret #JeffreyEpstein #LeslieWexner #SexTrafficking #Time4RESPECT
#TimurEmek is a New York-based photographer who several models have accused of abusive behavior, including sexual assault and alleged rape, as reported by @diet_prada. On his website, the photographer says he has contributed to Vogue, Elle, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar. He is also credited as a photographer for many images from the 2017 and 2018 editions of the @victoriassecret Fashion Show. Models: if you would like to file a report and/or are seeking assistance or advice, you can confidentially contact MA Support via the email in our profile. #Time4RESPECT
Celebrity photographer #MarcusHyde is facing backlash after screenshots were published that appeared to show him initially agreeing to shoot a model for free, until she refused to send him nude photographs of herself. Models: You do not have to tolerate any sort of unwanted or inappropriate conduct. If you experience predatory behavior, we offer free and discreet reporting via Model Alliance Support. (Read more via the link in our stories, and feel free to contact us via the support email in our profile.) Photo: Jared Siskin/GETTY
“We cannot seem shocked about reports of sex trafficking under the guise of modeling work given the imbalance of power and lack of protections that have plagued the industry for far too long.” The good news is that solutions exist: Over 200 models are calling on agencies, publishing companies and fashion brands to join the RESPECT Program #Time4RESPECT. Read our founder @saraziff’s full op-ed @nymag @thecut (link in stories).
Have you joined the Model Alliance? Our community is growing and we’d love for you to get involved! Sign up at modelalliance.org/join
Thanks to the Talent Protections Act, agencies in California are now required to educate their talent about sexual harassment and eating disorders. Learn more about the new law we championed and find educational resources on our website. #SexualHarassment #EatingDisorderRecovery #ModelAlliance #TalentProtectionsAct
The Talent Protections Act is now in effect! We are grateful to everyone who helped us advocate for this important legislation that we worked so hard to pass. Learn more about the new law and find educational resources on our website. #SexualHarassment #EatingDisorderRecovery #ModelAlliance #TalentProtectionsAct
“Some of the Model Alliance initiatives have been labelled as controversial: providing information on eating disorders, establishing clear enforceable standards, providing contracts in a model’s native language and providing time to consult an attorney, agreeing to make timely payments and to provide financial statements of payments from brands to modelling agencies, or to establish a third-party complaint system. These are all sensible initiatives that are common in other industries but are lacking in the Wild West atmosphere that dominates the largely freelance fashion industry,” writes @christinabinkley for @voguebusiness. “The Model Alliance has developed a RESPECT Program that would work as something of an industry-wide code of conduct, addressing many of the issues above. Backed by models including @misskarenelson and @ediebcampbell, it’s based on the groundbreaking Fair Food Program.” Read the full article via the link in our stories. #Time4RESPECT
Yesterday @kimberlymjenkins, @ash_chew and @liveshiv spoke to high school students and recent graduates at the @nytimes about our efforts to change the fashion system. “The conversation was rich, thoughtful, energetic and critical, as we addressed everything from cultural sensitivity to labor rights to what it takes to be a visionary leader (and assertive consumer) in fashion,” said Prof. Jenkins. “Being around brilliant, creative and ambitious young people fills me up with gratitude and hope!” Photo: @kimberlymjenkins
Thanks to everyone who joined our panel on individual action, policy, and activism! The biggest takeaway? From protecting the environment to creating safe and fair working conditions, meaningful change won’t happen unless we demand it! Kudos to our moderator @tabithastb, fellow panelists @earthdayinitiative, @wearablecollections and @usas — and huge thanks to @goodstuffny and @thenewfashioninitiative for hosting us!
At a time when activism has become commercialized and glamorized, how can we use our voices to make real change through policy changes and initiatives? How can our individual work have the most impact on a systemic level? Join us to talk about this and more on Tuesday, June 11, 6:00-7:30pm in NYC! Link to RSVP in our stories. #goodstuff #newfashioninitiative
Recently, our founding director @saraziff delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2019 at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. She shared her story of working as a model, returning to college at Columbia, and developing the #ModelAlliance. Click the link in our stories to watch the full speech. #ColumbiaUniversity #SaraZiff #Commencement #Time4RESPECT