Victoria's Secret model Bridget Malcolm has revealed she has been sexually assaulted while on set and hit back at Karl Lagerfeld, who recently said he was "fed up" of hearing about models' and actors' experiences of sexual harassment.
"I wonder @KarlLagerfeld what existence is like when you are part of the ruling class in society. Women will not be dressed by misogyny anymore. Shame on you. #Metoo," Bridget added, before directing her 315k followers to an interview 84-year-old Lagerfeld gave to French magazine Numéro earlier this month.
He said the movement hadn't affected how he operates at work. "I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. It's simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything," he said.
He then went on to defend "poor" Karl Templer, Interview's former creative director who was accused by three models of sexual harassment in February. "I don’t believe a single word of it," Lagerfeld said of the allegations. "A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It's unbelievable.
If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery.
"If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!"
Malcom has spoken out about sexual misconduct in fashion before. In a blog post in February, titled "How to protect yourself as a woman in the fashion industry," she said that models who "didn't play along" with "handsy photographers and editors" were branded "hard to work with" and "cold".
"Dealing with these people was a constant balancing act; how to come across as ‘cool’ and ‘fun’ without getting assaulted," she continued. "It was being in a position where you were being worn down, where you couldn’t come out and say a hard ‘no’ because of the power imbalance.
"And, if the worst did happen, it was keeping quiet, bottling up the pain inside, and dealing with it in all your future relationships and endeavours."
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