Publisher crafts rules to protect models from sexual harassment
Condé Nast, publisher of some of the glossiest magazines in the world, is changing the way it does business.
Prompted by the sexual harassment outcry that has enveloped fashion and other industries, Condé Nast said it began working in late October on a code of conduct that will go into effect this month.
Separately, in response to allegations of sexual harassment and abuse of power from numerous male models against the photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, the media company said in a statement that it would stop working with the two men, at least for now.
In the statement, Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor of Vogue, and Robert Sauerberg Jr., chief executive of Condé Nast, said: “We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously. In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with Bruce Weber and Mario Testino for the foreseeable future.”
Weber and Testino have been deeply embedded in the history of image-making at Vogue and its peer publications, such as GQ and Vanity Fair.
In a statement, Weber said the allegations of the models were “untrue” and that he had “never touched anyone inappropriately.” Lawyers for Testino objected to the allegations and called the credibility of the men who said they were harassed into question.
Condé Nast began working on the code not long after dozens of women accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in articles by the Times and New Yorker.