Model Edie Campbell Urges the Fashion

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Model Edie Campbell Urges the Fashion Industry to Finally "Be Honest" About Sexual Abuse in an Open Letter

As the third generation of her family to work in the industry, Edie Campbell has always been familiar with modeling's ins and outs—especially seeing as the past seven years have seen the now 27-year-old model front campaigns for houses like Burberry, Dior, and Alexander McQueen, and become a favorite of both Hedi Slimane and Karl Lagerfeld, the latter of whom has previously bestowed upon her the prestigious honor of playing the Chanel bride.Unfortunately, it's these established ties to modeling that also enabled Campbell to comfortably criticize it, as she did in an open letter in WWD on Thursday—though she still ended her essay by saying she hoped she was "not being reckless in writing this." (There's a reason that stories of sexual assault in the industry that Cameron Russell, as well as Campbell, posted, were anonymous.)

Still, Campbell said she felt "compelled" to speak out "because we have reached a turning point"—what Campbell thinks could be a moment for the industry "to be honest about the behavior we sanction." And that behavior, she continued, referring to the photographer Terry Richardson, who has been the subject of scores of serious and public sexual abuse allegations since 2010, extends far further than "a single photographer." "Everyone looked away, winced, shifted nervously and turned a blind eye," she said. "Because we all know that it spreads far, far further than one man."

"But the other men and women, the photographers and the stylists, the casting directors and art directors, and the model agents and the models—they’re too powerful. And we’re shooting a big ad campaign with them next week. And we know that when one domino falls, the whole lot of us will be taken down," Campbell continued. "Once you start pointing fingers, where does the buck stop? And to put it simply: our morals don’t always align with the money."

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