Timing of Condé Nast's Terry Richardson ban raises eyebrows

Oscar Cross
October 27, 2017

This decision means Richardson, a fashion photographer, will no longer be able to world with some of the world's top magazines, including American and global Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and W.

The company publishes major magazines around the world, including Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and GQ.

Bulgari recently worked with Richardson for a campaign with model Bella Hadid, but told The Daily Beast, "The campaign that was done with Terry Richardson was a one off, and there are no plans of working with him again". Richardson, who's known for his sexually provocative work, has been accused of sexual assault in the past, but to date no criminal charges have ever been filed against him.

The email, reportedly sent by executive vice president and chief operating officer James Woolhouse, to "country presidents", announced the "important matter" that the group would no longer work with Mr Richardson. He denied the allegations and described himself as "considerate and respectful" of his photographic subjects.

Mr Richardson addressed the rumours in a blog on the Huffington Post in 2014, writing: "I collaborated with consenting adult women who were fully aware of the nature of the work, and as is typical with any project, everyone signed releases".

"Thank you for your support in this matter".

The piece also showed Richardson arm-in-arm with British Vogue editor Edward Enninful at NY fashion week last month.

In 2001, Canadian model Liskula Cohen said she walked out of a Vogue photoshoot because she wasn't comfortable with his requests. "I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do", he said.

Richardson has photographed stars including Beyonce, Rihanna and Lady Gaga and directed Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball video.

A spokesperson for Richardson told BuzzFeed in a statement on Monday that his client was "disappointed" about the Conde Nast email.

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