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Milan Fashion Week: Models carry fake heads on Gucci catwalk

Models were seen cradling replicas of their own heads on the Gucci catwalk, in one of Milan Fashion Week’s most surreal shows. The fake heads were eerily accurate, down to the hairstyles and the expressions of those walking in the show. And the strangeness didn’t end there – Gucci’s creative director also sent models down the catwalk cradling baby dragons and snakes, and another had a third eye in the centre of her forehead. All of this was done in a space made up to look like an operating theatre,…

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Tall order for models hoping to make it to David Jones launch

What does it take to be a model? A good walk? A steely gaze? Something a little different to the norm? All of the above, and when it comes to trying out for the David Jones Autumn/Winter launch, looking good in a suit doesn’t go astray either. A nervous wait before the David Jones model castings. Photo: AAP More than 150 hopefuls lined Bourke Street Mall on Tuesday morning for an outdoor open casting for the department store’s new-season launch, to be held in Sydney next month. And it wasn’t just…

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Condé Nast Crafts Rules to Protect Models From Harassment

Advertisement Condé Nast, publisher of some of the glossiest magazines in the world, is changing the way it does business. Prompted by the sexual harassment outcry that has enveloped fashion and other industries, Condé Nast said it began working in late October on a code of conduct that will go into effect this month. Separately, in response to allegations of sexual harassment and abuse of power from numerous male models against the photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, the media company said in a statement on Friday that it would…

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Male Models Say Mario Testino and Bruce Weber Sexually Exploited Them

Advertisement 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. The experience, once seen as the price models had to pay for their careers, is now being called something else: abuse of power and sexual…

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Fashion models expose sexual harassment

The fashion industry is failing to deal with the problem of sexual harassment, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. In the UK, professional agencies represent about 12,000 models. Here are some of their stories. Marissa “One example I can think of was for a jeans brand. I turned up at the shoot, got the clothes on, got my make-up done, and then the make-up artist then left and I was left with the photographer. “And we did the shoot and I went to the bathroom for a break….

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Russian Authorities Investigate 14-Year-Old Model’s Death

Last week, a 14-year-old model from Perm, Russia, died while on a three-month assignment in China, setting off questions and a burst of unverified information regarding the circumstances of her death. On Tuesday, Russian authorities in Perm announced that they were starting a criminal investigation into whether Vlada Dzyuba’s death was caused by neglect, according to a local news publication. The inquiry could shed light on why “a child who has not reached 14 years of age found herself abroad, who it was that brokered her contract, why she did…

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After Weinstein Scandal, a Plan to Protect Models

The Harvey Weinstein news has spurred an outcry on sexual harassment from women far from Hollywood. Now some of that outrage is taking a new shape, beyond the repeated revelations, and has begun to influence the legal system. On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, announced she would introduce an amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws. If passed, it would extend certain protection to models, putting designers, photographers and retailers (among others) on notice that they would be liable for abuses experienced on their…

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