The Super Models
We stand with Carré Otis and all survivors of abuse in the Fashion Industry.
Repost from @iamcarreotis Instagram:
‘I commend Linda Evangelista for coming forward as a survivor. It takes courage to speak out, and processing trauma takes time – especially in an industry that normalises abusive practices.
However I would be remiss not to acknowledge that this is an uncomfortable and sad moment for those of us who have been speaking out for many years and facing real-time repercussions. As this documentary was underway, French prosecutors were pursuing a criminal investigation into Gerald Marie. Sadly, the investigation closed in February. My case under the Child Victims Act in New York is still pending.
The Supermodels are the one percent. Their paychecks and status put them in uniquely privileged positions that do not reflect the reality for most of us working in an industry that, to this day, remains largely unregulated. This documentary presented an opportunity to acknowledge that privilege and reckon with the systemic abuses many models endure, but instead it glamorises what remains a reckless work environment. Serious issues like sexual harassment, assault and trafficking are touched on, but not discussed in the way they need to be. The film features industry professionals who stand publicly accused by many models of sexual abuse without acknowledging their predatory behavior.
I want to thank all of those who have come forward and stood with us in support. And I want to be frank that I have reached out to many others with power and influence and have yet to receive a response. To those who say they stand with survivors and want justice served: please join us. Those who truly love this industry should help us make it safer for the next generation.’