nfortunately, it won't come as a surprise that sexual harassment and assault is rampant in the fashion and modeling industries.
Supermodel Kate Upton has now come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against Guess Jeans co-founder Paul Marciano and judging by the responses to her statement, she's far from alone in her experience.
Kate Upton might be the most high-profile supermodel today.
She’s known for her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers and her appearances in films like Tower Heist, The Other Woman, The Layover, and The Disaster Artist.
Upton was the face of Guess Jeans from 2010 to 2011.
On Wednesday, Upton tweeted this:
She used the #metoo hashtag, alluding to the idea that she herself has been harassed by Marciano. She implicated the whole brand in allowing him to behave this way.
Paul Marciano is one of four French brothers who founded Guess.
According to The Daily Beast, Guess was one of the first brands to “reimagine denim as a fashion textile.”
They did so through their famously “provocative advertising campaigns.”
Upton shared her statement on her Instagram as well on Wednesday:
Her caption read, “He shouldn’t be allowed to use his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women #metoo.”
This is a story that has become all too common these days.
Women are preyed upon by men in positions of power over them, men who potentially hold the key to their professional success, and so they are harassed and assaulted while being coerced into silence. It’s a poisonous culture that has to stop.
As soon as Upton went public with her accusations, other women came forward with expressions of support and more, and Upton spoke with TMZ about her story…