Leaked Email Confirms Terry Richardson Is Banned from Working with 'Vogue'
As well as other leading magazines under the Condé Nast group.
Back in 2014, a flood of confessions came forward from women who were victims of sexual assault by notorious fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Since his rise to fame, the lensman has been known for his racy, sexually charged images. However, it would be generous to say that the repercussions for Richardson more or less included a slap on the wrist.
Up until earlier this week, Richardson’s contractual relationships with Condé Nast International have dwelled in a grey area. However, perhaps now in the wake of highly publicized allegations towards Harvey Weinstein, the fashion industry is finally taking effective steps towards addressing an ongoing issue within both the fashion and entertainment realms. In a company-wide message sent by James Woolhouse – Condé Nast’s executive vice president and chief operating officer – a very clear message was communicated to “country presidents” early on Monday morning.
In the message, Woolhouse wrote the following:
“I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson.
Any shoots that have been commission[ed] or any shoots that have been completed but not yet published, should be killed and substituted with other material.
Please could you confirm that this policy will be actioned in your market effective immediately. Thank you for your support in this matter.”
With heavy-hitter publications such as Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Vanity Fair and Wired all existing under the Condé Nast umbrella, this action is significant. Undoubtedly, this is a crucial move for the company, setting an important standard for other publications within the industry. Even so, the journey to fully shed light on fashion’s dark history of abuse and inequality is still an ongoing battle for many.
For the time being, however, both women and men everywhere are applauding Condé Nast’s recent decision. To stay updated on this case, stay tuned here as we find out more.
- The Telegraph