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Edie Campbell pens powerful letter detailing abuse in fashion

Edie Campbell has addressed the ongoing sexual harassment of models in the fashion industry in an open letter.
English model Edie put pen to paper for publication WWD in the wake of the sexual harassment and abuse allegations engulfing the entertainment and fashion industry.
Hollywood hitters Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Kevin Spacey have been accused by multiple people of abuse, while in fashion, sexually provocative photographer Terry Richardson has been dropped by numerous fashion brands and media titles and now many models are talking up about the sexual harassment that takes place in fashion.
Edie has been vocal in her support of model Cameron Russell’s mission to raise awareness about the issue, and has now shared her own feelings on the matter.
“Why do I feel compelled to write this? Because we have reached a turning point,” she begins her lengthy post. “This could be the moment at which everyone within the fashion industry takes stock of where we are, and the culture we operate within and perpetuate. This could be a moment to be honest about the behaviour we sanction, a pause, or a moment of self-reflection.”
Edie has walked for the likes of Chanel, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, and has posed for Burberry, Lanvin and Hugo Boss campaigns.
As one of the top models currently working in fashion, Edie wants to prevent the same mistakes being repeated, and says the problem runs deeper than just Terry, with male models being abused too.
“Abuse suffered by young men is more complex,” she writes. “I would assume that it is more difficult for the victims to speak out: The language doesn’t exist, and the conversation is currently weighted heavily in support of young female victims. The shame felt is probably greater as there is a stigma involved. The abuse can be perceived as emasculating, and then there is the delicate subject of homophobia.”
Adding that she has never experienced harassment herself, 27-year-old Edie adds it’s now time that everyone addresses the frightening underbelly of the industry.
“We have a problem: We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits. We have come to see this as simply a part of the job,” she vents.
Edie goes on to implore agents to take more responsible adding that it’s time for everyone to “examine the behaviour we have normalised”.

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