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Social Goods | Modelling Agencies Enabled Sexual Predators, Zara Appropriated Indian Garments

This week, former agent says she and her colleagues knew about predatory photographers, while Zara appropriates the traditional Indian lungi.
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  • Victoria Berezhna

Modelling Agencies Enabled Sexual Predators for Years, Former Agent Says (Huffington Post)
"Ex-model Kristen Noel, said her agency, Elite Model Management, sent her to Paris in the early '80s to stay with an agent who repeatedly groped and forcibly kissed her. She was 16. 'Elite protected him and disconnected from their responsibility to me,' Noel said."

Zara Has Appropriated the Traditional Indian Lungi for Hipsters (Quartz)
"As part of it latest spring-summer collection, the Spanish retailer has launched a chequered mink-coloured skirt that bears a striking resemblance to a lungi (pronounced 'loongi') or a traditional sarong worn by men and women, especially across villages in India and parts of south Asia."

At the State of the Union, Fashion Puts Women on Mute (The Washington Post)
"The idea to wear black was conceived within the Democratic Women's Working Group to show their support of the #MeToo movement. But the women in black did not stand out as a unified force. Instead, they disappeared into a sea of dark suits. They were not visually silenced by an outside force, but were proactively mute."

M&S One of UK Retailers yet to Renew Safety Deal in Bangladesh Factories (The Guardian)
"The legally binding Bangladesh accord on fire and building safety was set up after the fatal collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory complex in 2013, which killed 1,135 people and is considered the world's worst garment-industry accident."

Maye Musk: 'I Am Just Getting Started' as a Model, Aged 69 (BBC News)
"The recent Spring/Summer 2018 shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London saw a record number of models in their 50s and 60s on the catwalk — 27. 'I've never worked as much over the past 50 years as I did in 2017,' says 69-year-old model Maye Musk, mother of Tesla founder Elon Musk."

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