Sara Sampaio asks her classmates to report abuses
The Portuguese model Sara Sampaio today asked her colleagues to not hide abuses by workers in the fashion world and, if they are in uncomfortable situations, "publicly denounce and demand responsibility."
"Everyone has a voice. Any publication can go viral in social networks, without the need to have millions of followers," the model recalled during a talk on the last day of the Web Summit in Lisbon.
The Portuguese model, "angel" of Victoria's Secret, took the opportunity to address the young women who enter the world of fashion, which recommended that they remain "true to themselves same "and raise your voice" when something is not right ".
Sampaio acknowledged having experienced several situations throughout her career, especially during her early years, in which she saw "forced" to do things she did not want with the excuse that it was "part of the business."
It also accused the industry of inequality between men and women, since the models that have opinions are described as "inspiring", while the models are called "problematic". "Fashion is the only industry in which women earn much more money than men and yet we are constantly disrespectful," she complained.
One of the most recent controversies in which she was involved was with the French magazine Lui, who published a nude of her without her consent, as she criticized on social networks.
"It is my choice with whom I make a nude posing and I am in a moment of my life in which I do not feel the need to make them," she argued.
Although she admits that she has been "very frank" about the abuses and that the relationship "with many photographers" has probably cost her, she says that she wants to do her work "with respect" on the part of others.
Sampaio also referred to the case of the American photographer Terry Richardson, which has been pointed out by many models, something that "everyone knew".
"Now that they leave so many cases of exploitation, they use it as a scapegoat and it seems a bit hypocritical, because everyone knew what was happening and they kept sending them girls," she criticized.
While she believes that it still takes "a lot of work" to eradicate the abuses, Sampaio clarified that the industry changed a lot in the decade she has been active, especially with the arrival of social networks.