Karen Elson signed a petition calling on Victoria’s Secret to protect models to put a stop to “egregious behaviour” in the fashion industry.
On Tuesday, the 40-year-old was one of 100 women, including Doutzen Kroes and Christy Turlington, who signed a petition urging bosses at lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret to protect them from sexual misconduct.
Non-profit organisation Model Alliance posted a copy of the letter – which was also supported by Iskra Lawrence and Milla Jovovich – on Twitter and demanded chief executive officer John Mehas implements change after numerous allegations of sexual assault, alleged rape, and sex trafficking in the fashion industry began surfacing in recent weeks.
The British model, who sits on Model Alliance’s Board of Directors, shared the open letter on Instagram and explained why she signed it.
“For far too long the fashion industry has turned a blind eye to egregious behavior (sic) that has put models and all those on set at risk. Finally solutions are being created by organizations like The Model Alliance with its RESPECT Program that can help us combat these pressing issues and create a safer and more accountable industry for all,” Elson wrote.
She went on to thank Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff and the Time’s Up movement for signing the petition.
“I hope this is the first step towards bigger leaps in the industry. Feel free to share and support!” Elson told her followers as she concluded her post.
In recent weeks, Victoria’s Secret has been rocked by claims of sexual misconduct by photographers Timur Emek, David Bellemere, and Greg Kadel. The latter two have denied the allegations.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik also claimed that the annual fashion show has been cancelled this year, although her comments are yet to be confirmed or denied.
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