After months of news headlines that high-profile fashion photographer Bruce Weber was facing legal allegations for sexual harassment filed by models Jason Boyce and Mark Ricketson, which he denied, today the New York Times posted an expose of 15 other male models who all shared similar allegations. The article made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino prompted Anna Wintour herself to respond. Both photographers are longtime partners with Condé Nast publications. Anna Wintour, as Editor-In-Chief of Vogue and Art Director of Condé Nast, posted a short response regarding the NYT article on Vogue.com that includes a new Condé Nast “Code of Conduct”.
The key changes are:
*All models appearing in fashion shoots commissioned by Condé Nast must be 18 years of age or older. The only exceptions will be those appearing as themselves as part of a profile, news story, or similar content, and they will be required to have a chaperone on set at all times.
*Alcohol will no longer be allowed on Condé Nast sets. Recreational drugs are not permitted.
*Photographers will no longer be permitted to use a Condé Nast set for any work that is not commissioned or approved by the company.
*Any shoot involving nudity, sheer clothing, lingerie, swimwear, simulated drug or alcohol use, or sexually suggestive poses must be approved in advance by the subject.
She concluded with a personal note about the two photographers whom she calls friends:
Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront. Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged. I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously.
Wintour also states that Condé Nast have decided to put their working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future.