In the wake of a New York Magazine profile of celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, models who allege they were sexually abused by Richardson are speaking out against the photographer and the piece.
Sena Cech, a former model and now a mother of two young daughters, released a statement in which she describes being sexually abused by Richardson at a casting call when she was just 19 years old and says her story was mischaracterized by New York Magazine reporter Benjamin Wallace.
Cech said the cover profile of Richardson seems to “validate Richardson’s disgusting behavior in the name of ‘art’” and she believes that Richardson “is using his connections and financial power in the industry to sexually harass and abuse vulnerable young women.”
Cech said that by speaking out, she hopes to help people “take this issue of sexual abuse of models more seriously.”
Four years ago, another former model, Jamie Peck, described a photo shoot in which she also alleges she was sexually abused by Richardson.
Peck criticizes the question posed in the New York Magazine article, “Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?” in her own article published today in the Guardian, “Take it from someone he abused: Terry Richardson is a predator with a camera.”
Yesterday, another woman stepped forward and published her account of an alleged incident of sexual assault at a photo shoot in Jezebel.
I commend these brave women for coming forward and for speaking out. The only way to change an industry that enables predators is to expose individuals who use their power and influence to prey upon vulnerable young women.