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Vogue Severs Ties with Terry Richardson: Photographer Accused of Propositioning Model


It sounds like shutterbug Terry Richardson has snapped his last glossy for the Bible of all Fashion Publications. (Which means he’ll probably have to stop name-dropping Vogue as a way of slithering his way into the beds of aspiring models.)

A spokesperson for Vogue says the mag that put a canoodling Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on its April cover has “no plans” for any future work with Richardson. The announcement follows the accusation that photographer offered a model a Vogue photoshoot in exchange for sex. Hildy Kuryk, Vogue’s Communcations Director, told the press Monday:

“The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future.”

On Sunday afternoon, British model Emma J. Appleton tweeted a screencap of a Facebook message allegedly sent to her by Richardson. It read:

“If I can f**k you i will book you in ny for a.shoot for Vogue.”

Well, he’s nothing if not generous, eh? A spokesperson for Richardson insists that the screen grab is a fake, but the damage was already done. The tweet eventually went viral.

Disheartened by criticism she received across social media, Appleton later deleted her entire Twitter account. Not before, however, sending out a giant “Up Yours” to Richardson and his bevy of supporters:

“Beginning to wish I hadn’t posted that…It doesn’t matter who you are or what the industry is, just be a decent human being. The fact people think this is acceptable blows my f**king mind. See ya.”

In addition to his fashion photography, Richardson is also a successful music video director whose recent credits include Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” and Lady Gaga’s “Do What You Want.”


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