It’s been almost a month since the petition against Terry Richardson was launched at Change.org by one Alice Louise Ehrenfried. It’s not like the
alleged self-proclaimed pervert hasn’t come up against a good scandal before. Just type ‘Terry Richardson scandal’ into Google and you’ll get a whole list of suggested dates ranging from now all the way back to 2009, and he’s been doing his perverted thang since long before kale was the new lettuce.
But something about the Change petition, titled ‘Vogue, H&M, Mango, Supreme, & all other brands: Stop using alleged sex offender Terry Richardson as your photographer,’ seemed different. Everyone from models to media outlets legitimately wondered whether Richardson might find himself out of work if the petition hit its goal of 50,000 signatures. Or even before then. One of the first brands to jump ship was gym company Equinox, who enlisted the mutton chopped GWC to photograph a skinny couple doing sexy, non-gym related activities for three seasons before declaring an image revamp.
H&M have also suggested they’ve severed ties with Richardson, at least for the time being. In response to Twitter user Kimberly Konnoth, who linked to a 2010 Jezebel article about Richardson’s alleged abuse and asked what the retailer plans to do, the brand tweeted, ”If these accusations are true, it’s totally unacceptable to us. Currently we’re not working with Terry Richardson.”
And another surprise fashion photographer switch-up came yesterday, when Kate Hudson‘s new Harper’s Bazaar cover was released — shot by Alexi Lubomirski. It’s long been written in Bazaar‘s fine print that if you’re being photographed for their cover, there’s a high chance you’ll end up back at Richardson’s studio double-blunting and pretending to masturbate with a tall can of Arizona Grapeade. But this is the first time in five months Bazaar has enlisted someone else to shoot the cover (with pretty stunning results, no less).
However, while not everyone is letting the photographer attach their naked behinds to wrecking balls and immortalize that on the internet, they’re not lining up to pen their names on the petition either. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of people still working with Richardson:
Gisele Bundchen and Daft Punk starred in a not-very-innovative shoot for the Wall Street Journal‘s ‘Innovators’ issue, shot by Richardson (a similar Karlie Kloss version was shot for Vogue by Craig McDean).
Lady Gaga‘s glossy allegiances lie with Inez and Vinoodh, but she sometimes grants him a gratuitous ass shot.
Our boyfriend Pharrell got snapped for GQ by Richardson, who was then invited to take all the photos when Pharrell officially dashed our dreams by marrying Helen Lasichanh. Though this could have just been because the wedding was plaid themed.
Kendrick Lamar fooled around in his studio after being shot by Richardson for Document magazine.
The Kardashians enlisted him to shoot their kollection for family-friendly department chain Sears.
The Hiltons sisters, because of course.
It’s also worth mentioning that signatures are no longer being amassed at an exponential rate, with only 4,000 of them rolling in over the last few weeks (compared to 7,000 in the petition’s first week).