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In response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment brought to light in a New York Times exposé, Condé Nast has temporarily banned top fashion photographers, Mario Testino (pictured) and Bruce Weber, from its publications. “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,” shared Vogue Editor-In-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director, Anna Wintour. “I’m proud to say that Condé Nast is responding, here and internationally, with a new Code of Conduct, a set of guidelines for outside contributors which has emerged after bracingly honest discussions—with model advocates and agents, stylists, photographers, hair and makeup artists, set designers, and many of our own editors.”
The allegations have been difficult for Wintour to hear, calling both photographers “personal friends.” While acknowledging their incredible contributions to Vogue and Condé Nast’s other publications, she shared, “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.” Michael Kors, Stuart Weitzman, and Burberry have all publicly backed off of Testio, where as Ralph Lauren and L’Oréal have publicly distanced themselves from Weber. According to the Times’s report, thirteen male models and assistants claim that Testino had subjected them to “sexual advances that in some cases included groping and masturbation,” while fifteen male models alleged “unnecessary nudity and coercive sexual behavior,” in conjunction with shoots involving Weber. Both photographers have challenged or denied the allegations.