- Male models and assistants have accused photographer Mario Testino, one of the world’s top fashion photographers, of sexual misconduct.
- Testino has worked with huge names like Kate Moss, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.
- Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair, has stopped working with the photographer “for the foreseeable future.”
- Brands including Burberry and Michael Kors have also suspended Testino.
- He denies the allegations.
Some of the biggest names in the fashion industry have stopped working with iconic photographer Mario Testino following sexual misconduct allegations.
Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair, will stop collaborating with him, as well brands like Burberry and Michael Kors.
The boycott is a result of accounts by 13 male assistants and models accusing Testino of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s, which were published in an article by The New York Times.
Testino has worked with a who’s-who of the fashion and celebrity world, including shoots with Princess Diana, Kate Moss, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Neymar.
A Testino shoot with Serena Williams is the current cover of Vogue’s US edition:
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) January 10, 2018
Testino has denied the allegations and his law firm Lavely & Singer has challenged the “characters” and “credibility” of the people making the claims, according to the New York Times.
The law firm also said former employees are “shocked by the allegations” and that they “could not confirm any of the claims.”
Condé Nast, the publisher that owns titles including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ, said it would be suspending Testino, as well as Bruce Weber, another photographer against whom allegations were made.
Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief and Condé Nast’s artistic director, said in a statement:
“Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront. Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged.
“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.”
“We take allegations of this nature very seriously. Burberry is committed to providing a just, safe and fair working environment and we have a zero-tolerance policy against any form of harassment, abuse or discrimination. The safety, security and welfare of the people with whom we work is a priority for Burberry and we seek to ensure all our partners adhere to our principles and policies and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.”
Both Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman also told WWD that they “would no longer be working with Testino on future advertising campaigns.”
As well as being a renowned fashion photographer, Testino has worked with the British royal family for years. He famously shot Princess Diana in Vanity Fair in 1997, took the official engagement photos of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2010, as well as photographing Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015.
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