Look, but don’t touch: models fight back against harassment in the fashion industry

Look, but don’t touch: models fight back against harassment in the fashion industry

Have we just witnessed fashion’s Arab Spring? Certainly, something very serious and potentially transformative filled the American model Cameron Russell’s Instagram feed when she used fashion’s favourite social medium to highlight the abuse and sexual exploitation of vulnerable young models.

Into the glossy slipstream of the usual PR-pleasing posts, Russell lobbed a slew of dispatches showcasing a seamier side of an industry that counts her among its most bankable faces.

The opening shot is a screengrab from a private conversation between Russell and an unnamed fellow model, posted with her permission. In it the model describes how, at the age of 15, she was sexually assaulted on a test shoot by a male fashion photographer who told her the resulting pictures would look “more sensual”.…

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