It started with a Tweet from model Kate Upton in late January that implied creative director of fashion powerhouse Guess, Paul Marciano, is guilty of sexual misconduct.
“It’s disappointing that such an iconic women’s brand Guess is still empowering Paul Marciano as their creative director,” the 25-year-old model tweeted on January 31, alongside the telling hashtag #MeToo.
Days later, she doubled down, telling reporters at a New York airport: “I can’t wait to tell my story, it’s a huge problem”.
And tell her story she has. Upton’s allegations against Marciano have finally been published in Time Magazine and they’re as disturbing as they are indicative of an immense problem throughout the industry.
Upton claims the abuse from Marciano, a 65-year-old married father-of-two who co-founded Guess Jeans in 1981, started on her first professional shoot for the brand when she was 18.
“As soon as I walked in with photographer Yu Tsai, Paul came straight up to me, forcibly grabbed my breasts and started feeling them — playing with them actually. After I pushed him away, he said, ‘I’m making sure they’re real’,” she told Time magazine.
The role of Yu Tsai is important in corroborating Upton’s story. The well-known photographer has also spoken to Time Magazine saying Upton’s account is accurate, despite Marciano’s determined denials.
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