“It doesn’t happen in front of anyone. It happens in the dark recesses. Pretty much every girl I have talked to has a story like it, but no one talks about it. It’s all under the radar because people are embarrassed and because the people in the industry who are doing these things are much more powerful, and the model is totally disposable. She could be gone in two years.”
— former model Sara Ziff on sexual harassment and abuse in the modeling industry, from a Guardian UK article about her documentary Picture Me.
Ziff’s film goes behind the scenes and chronicles her time as a model for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole and Dolce and Gabbana, and features interviews with fellow models Diana Dondoe and Lisa Cant. As much as I love the end result—editorials, ads, runway shows—of the modeling industry, it’s quite sobering and sad to hear the exploitative and gruesome things that can happen behind the scenes.