Famous fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber is accused of sexual exploitation

The New York Times has published a report in which several witnesses, Mario Testino and Bruce Weber accuse of sexual exploitation. The lawyers of both gentlemen argue that the testimonies are not true. Condé Nast has in a response let you know that the magazines of the publishing house with the photographers will work together.

Mario Testino next to Anna Wintour during a fashion show © Reuters

In the aftermath of #MeToo #TimesUp there are now also testimonies against fashion photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber at the light. The newspaper The New York Times has a detailed report compiled showing that several male models and photography assistants the two men accused of inappropriate sexual behavior. There is talk of a year-long pattern of sexual exploitation.

Bruce Weber © REUTERS

Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue, says that the allegations against her “personal friends” is very difficult and heartbreaking to deal with. “I believe very much in the value of repentance and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously and we have with Condé Nast decided that our working relationship with both photographers on the is paused for the foreseeable future.’

The magazine worked recently together with Mario Testino for the cover image and a photo of Serena Williams. On the day that the report was published, shared Vogue still images from the shoot with Mario Testino via Instagram.

“Women are sometimes taught not to dream as big as you. I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits,” says the February cover star @serenawilliams. Read the full interview in the link in our bio. Photographed by @MarioTestino, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, February 2018.

A post shared by Vogue (@voguemagazine) on Jan 12, 2018 at 11:24am PST

Testino was thirteen male assistants and models accused of sexual exploitation in the report of The New York Times. Some of the witnesses were events recorded dating back to the nineties. The allegations of unwanted touching to masturbation near or on the young men.

The newspaper also spoke with fifteen models that Weber accuse of forcing up unnecessary naaktshoots and sexual harassment.


‘Testino is a sexual predator, testifies,” model Ryan Locke. During a photo shoot in 1990 convinced the photographer to the model to pose nude, and then he him go.


My modeling agency said that he had power, and I dared not protest.

Different models told to The New York Times also how they pushed were to pose nude by Bruce Weber. For the naaktscènes would the photographer breathing exercises have occurred, which led to inappropriate touching. “I felt powerless. My modeling agency said that he had power, and I dared not protest. I wanted my career not ruin it”, sounds at model Josh Ardolf, who twenty was during these events.


The lawyers of the photographers go against the accusations, and Weber has the allegations in a statement denied. “The accusations at my address, come as a total surprise and do me grief. I deny that these events have taken place, ” says Weber.

The law firm that Testino under the arm nam, draws the credibility of the witnesses is in doubt, and let noted that former colleagues of the photographer are shocked by this report.

Fashion photography & sexual harassment

Sexual exploitation and harassment are unfortunately not the exception in the modellenindustrie. From a research conducted by The Model Alliance suggests that more than 86 percent of the American models have to deal with sexual harassment at work. The reason this is possible is a loophole in their contract. The modeling agencies cover themselves in so that they cannot be held responsible for sexual harassment of their models on a set or backstage during the fashion weeks.


It seems that #MeToo momentum has caused

It seems that #MeToo momentum has caused and that there more quickly respond to allegations than before. So was Terry Richardson only in October 2017, after years of allegations of sexual harassment, banned from collaborations with large magazines.

Why Sexual Harassment May Never Leave the Modeling World

This one legal loophole allows sexual harassment to thrive in the modeling industry.

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Also read: ‘The Harvey Weinstein of the fashion world’: the curtain falls for controversial photographer Terry Richardson?

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