Mario Testino And Bruce Weber Have Been Dropped By Several Companies After Male Models Accuse Them Of Gross Behavior

It looks like Terry Richardson might have himself some company in the Scorched Earth Fashion Photographers Club. On Saturday, The New York Times published an expose on fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino. Some parts of the fashion industry have quickly kicked them to the curb like a stack of old musty Vogue magazines.

Last December, a male model named Jason Boyce sued Bruce Weber for allegedly sexual harassing him during a photo shoot in 2014. Since then, fifteen more models have come forward claiming that Santa’s biker brother asked them to join him in private clothing-free “breathing exercises” in which he would allegedly guide their hands on his body and vice-versa. One model remembers a breathing sessions in which Bruce put his fingers in the model’s mouth and on his privates.

Mario Testino, a favorite photographer of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and the Royal family since 1997, was accused of inappropriate behavior by thirteen male assistants and models going back as far as the mid-90s. Accusations included subjecting them to unwanted sexual advances, groping, and masturbation. Two former Gucci models told The Times that it was known that if you wanted to advance your career, you met with Mario (described by one of the models as a “sexual predator“) for a nude shoot at the Chateau Marmont. Several stories began with Mario Testino answering the door to his hotel room in a loose bathrobe.

Both Bruce and Mario’s accusers felt that Bruce and Mario were powerful enough to destroy their careers, and that rejection might land them in the unemployment line. Former Next Management agent Gene Kogan told The Times that it was general knowledge for models to get a heads-up about “certain” photographers. He adds that refusing to work with someone like Bruce or Mario was pretty much a guaranteed career killer.

Bruce Weber released a statement to The Times regarding the allegations, which he denies.

“I’m completely shocked and saddened by the outrageous claims being made against me, which I absolutely deny.”

Lawyers for Mario Testino questioned the credibility of the models The Times spoke to and said that former employees were reportedly “shocked by the allegations” against him.

Regardless of the denials, WWD says that on Saturday, brands Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman both said they have chosen not to work on future campaigns with Mario Testino. Burberry, who last worked with Mario Testino in 2016, said they had no plans to work with him in the future. Ralph Lauren, who frequently works with Bruce Weber, announced that they will not do business with anyone who “behaves in a way that compromises” their commitment to a safe work environment.

Conde Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg and Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour issued a statement denouncing sexual harassment and assault in the fashion world, and announcing Conde Nast would no longer be working with Mario Testino or Bruce Weber.

“We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously, as previously noted in our statement regarding sexual harassment. In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber or Mario Testino for the foreseeable future.”

Conde Nast had two projects in production with Mario Testino (a Vogue shoot) and Bruce Weber (a W fashion shoot), but those won’t be cancelled. Kensington Palace has declined to comment on The Times’ story. .

WWD adds that Mario and Bruce might be just the tip of the iceberg. There’s a rumor going around the fashion industry that 10 more high-profile photographers are set to be outed as alleged creeps. Why do I get the feeling Steven Meisel’s name might be on that list?

The fashion and advertising industry has an obligation to work together and help make things right. Quitting Mario and Bruce is the first step. Might I suggest the next step might be to work on the bathrobe situation. First Harvey Weinstein, then Dustin Hoffman, and now Mario Testino have tainted bathrobes with their creepy stink. At this point, there’s nothing more deserving of a complete image overhaul than bathrobes.

Pic: Wenn.com

25 Comments

  1. svetlanabanana

    Yep. Terry Richardson is not only a creepster but also incredibly overrated as an artist.

  2. Photographers…like the dude in Hard Cardy:

    https://www.youtube.com/wat

  3. Miramoore91

    The hell with him, he always had “creep” in large letters written all over his face. And it’s impossible to compare his woks with Testino’s. That where it really hurts to admit that such a talent can be an asshole and a perv.

  4. Miramoore91

    It’s a kind of a beginner’s kit for creeps: a bathrobe, a bottle of champagne and a beard (optional). Makes everyone queasy.

  5. Craigypants

    This is old news. Thank god Herb Ritts is dead, im sure his name would make an appearance. Yet Uncle Terry is still free?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.c

  6. Original Putas

    Yeah…she should go too. I’m tired of that bitch…she allowed all of this to continue unchecked for so many years. Fire her ass!

  7. Original Putas

    Exactly! That pedophile shit had me doing double takes since forever!

  8. Original Putas

    I don’t know about Mario testino but Bruce webber has been gross for decades. I knew he was gross when I was teenager and knew nothing about the world or the disgusting things people do in order to prey on each other. It’s in his work…you can see it. The fashion industry won’t say a damn thing about this because they’ve been giving Bruce webber a pass for damn near 30 years.

  9. They are! He is a great talent like John Galliano. Both assholes.

  10. I love Bruce Weber’s fashion photography! What a damn shame that he’s another serial assaulter.

    I hope the next generation of photographers will be just as talented but without their hubris and arrogance to do whatever the hell they want.

  11. I rewatched earlier seasons recently. She had Derek Khan as a stylist season 1, Nole Marin as a judge, Anand Jon as a designer for a challenge and let some 18 year olds hang out with ODB for a prize. I’m hoping Nigel doesn’t do anything creepier than fuck me eyes and smirk.

  12. I know! It’s not like there are a bunch of art schools churning out perfectly good photographers or anything crazy like that.

  13. FunkAnarchy84 Ⓐ

    Hope he remains in jail.

  14. Upside-down Flower

    Mario enjoys self-hugs, a camera wristlet and a naughty haughty sneer when being the victim subject of a sassy photograph.

    Bruce loves a pretty scarf to brighten his day while wearing a rag on his head to look bad ass. grrrr.

  15. Yes indeed. Thanks for the story i didn’t know.

  16. Mario Testino and Bruce Weber?
    WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT RICK DAY AS WELL.

  17. Preciate Chall

    I’m so sick of all these pigs

  18. I’ve heard of Weber’s creepiness last month from a fashion site I follow, and our own @LeFemmeNikita brought up Testino to me, but I didn’t know the extent of his creepiness until I read that account above. They both get what they deserve. Such a shame, since I liked both of their 90s-early 2000s work.

    And, OK, Konde Nast. I still won’t pick up any of your issues until you stop kissing K-trash ass in your pages. And I’m sure Anna is feeling like CRAP that next month’s cover was shot by Testino. Haha on her.

  19. Dirk Diggler-Kojak

    The good news about this is that up-and-coming, talented photographers will now get a better shot at making their mark. Mario and Bruce can always take pictures at weddings and get punched in the face when they try to take liberties with the best man.

  20. turtle dove

    can he shape clay into vases and be an artist? yes.
    can he appropriate photography to be a sexual predator? yes. and it is no longer art.

  21. ihaveachiponmyshoulder

    You can be both.

  22. ihaveachiponmyshoulder

    He was probably a perv too.

  23. ihaveachiponmyshoulder

    They’re in different leagues.

  24. ihaveachiponmyshoulder

    ???

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