Terry Sleazeball Richardson Exposed


Photo: Terry Richardson

His shots have always bordered on the pornographic, making an artwork of a disconcertingly crude sexuality. Turns out it was not an artistic turn-of-hand that gave them that illusion; not one, but two models have come forward tesitfying to Richardson’s methods that can only be described as abusive. Rie Rasmussen was the first; “He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves,” she told Page Six. “His ‘look’ is girls who appear underage, abused, look like heroin addicts…I don’t understand how anyone works with him.” Her statement is chilling. The power of a photographer over a model is tremendous, and potentially, this kind of thing could happen daily, were it not for our placing faith in the integrity of individual agencies, miders, and the photographers themselves not to abuse it. Never mind the symbolic imagery of older, experienced male penetrating beauty of younger, stunning girl with the phallic symbol of his camera lense, the average model is indeed young and vulnerable, expected to follow commands of the photographer and usually, in order to provoke if not titilate, this involves some sort of “sexiness” in the good name of art.

Photo: Terry Richardson / Purple Magazine

Well, it got worse. Jamie Peck came forward in support of Rasmussen with an experience that destroys any doubt as to the abusive tendancies Richardson clearly posseses. The shoot she did with him degraded her completely, despite her being experienced with nude shoots. “He’s the only one who’s left me feeling like I needed to take two showers.” What she described makes me feel the same way; “Before I could say “whoa, whoa, whoa!” dude was wearing only his tattoos and waggling the biggest dick I’d ever seen dangerously close to my unclothed person (granted, I hadn’t seen very many yet). “Why don’t you take some pictures of me?” he asked. Um, sure.” Disgusting. This just shows how easy it is in the world of fashion photography for women to be taken advantage of. One only has to think back to the trial of Arnand Jon Alexander, LA designer charged with six counts of sexual assault including rape, to be reminded that fashion is an industry seriously lacking in adequate protection for the women in it. Of course, we should be able to employ minors and shoot campaigns that allude to sex and display nudity. But please, can we keep it clean?

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6 responses to “Terry Sleazeball Richardson Exposed

  1. I think you need to realise this guy has been about for 20+ years… is effectively a genius and only recently, 1 person has come forward and then supported by another.

    I think you got to ask the question, what are the motives behind them coming forward? especially after Abbey Lee Kershaw was involved in the same shoot and doesnt support Rie or Jamie – http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/03/abbey_lee_kershaw_isnt_ashamed.html

    Im not saying Rie and Jamie are lying, but it seems odd that no one has accused terry of this before. I wouldn’t loose hope in the guy yet.

  2. handbagsandfaghags

    whether he’s a genius or not isn’t the question here, its how he’s treating the people he’s working with, and one person coming forward and being supported = two people. that another model on the shoot felt comfortable being asked to do what they were doesn’t take away from the other girls’ experience – this is about how they were feeling as individuals. for models to speak out the way that those girls did is worth listeng to. weight isnt the only way in which girls are being peer pressured into compromising themselves for the industry, and i’d like to see more women feeling more like abbey lee kershaw, that it was their choice and happy in the nude!

  3. very true..

    maybe its just the sceptical part of me..

    but think what the models motives are for speaking out? maybe increased PR for them – more exposure.

  4. handbagsandfaghags

    such cynicism is dangerous, dude – sexual abuse is an extremely serious issue and i think deserves the benefit of the doubt…

  5. Also very true.

    Im not saying it didnt happen, im saying that everything should be taken with a pince of salt.

  6. handbagsandfaghags

    >>breaking news>>

    blog Jezebel called for models and industry insiders who’d worked with richardson and had similar experience to comment and the response was over whelming:
    http://jezebel.com/5495699/exclusive-more-models-come-forward-with-allegations-against-fashion-photographer

    richardson himself responded on his own site today
    http://www.terrysdiary.com/post/461129664/i-just-want-to-take-a-moment-to-say-im-really

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