By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
Due to increase in sexual harassment models face, many as 100 models have signed an open letter calling for a legally binding contract that would protect them from sexual harassment.
In regards to the Weinstein Scandal in October 2017, multiple Fashion photographers have been accused of sexual misconduct as models have shared their stories of sexual assault and abuse.
The suggested Respect programme will now take perpetrators to account. Now, through this initiative, models will be able to report complaints to an independent party without fear of being blacklisted and will not be obligated to work with someone if he/she is a reported serial sexual predator.
In a statement from Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff, she described the project as a “Blueprint for change”.
“RESPECT will go beyond addressing specific acts of sexual harassment, and also seek to foster a work environment that is no longer fertile ground for abuse,” says a statement for the programme.
“Every company in our industry says it abhors sexual harassment and wants to protect those at risk of abuse. We believe that if a company is serious about protecting us, it will be willing to go beyond mere promises to do better and embrace enforceable standards, with real teeth.”
The scheme will also ensure that models are paid on time and that are not bullied or body-shamed into changing their appearance for a job.
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