Eye: Edie Campbell Is Fashion Industry Oracle, Joining Cameron Russell In Fight Against Model Exploitation


Eye: Edie Campbell Is Fashion Industry Oracle, Joining Cameron Russell In Fight Against Model Exploitation

Top model Edie Campbell graces the December 2017 issue of Vogue China, lensed by Patrick Demarchelier with styling by Daniela Paudice./ Makeup by Romy Soleimani; hair by Ward

Ironically, Campbell is styled as a possible muse from an ancient Greek temple like the famous one at Delphi. Occupation of the site at Delphi can be traced to the Neolithic period with extensive use beginning in the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC), a time we associate with the fall of the goddesses in cultural worship and the rise of patriarchy, which established deep roots in ancient Greece. The name 'Delphoi' comes from the same root as δελφύς delphys, "womb" and may indicate archaic veneration of Gaia at the site, writes Wiki. An oracle was a priest or priestess -- originally we believe it was primarily women as priestesses -- acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity.

Enough with ancient history of the goddesses. Edie Campbell became a fashion industry muse and oracle this week, writing an open letter published by Women's Wear Daily, in which she highlights the abuse of all models, including men.  In a maverick twist, Campbell suggests that in the fashion industry, the abuse of male models is every bit as serious as among the women. 

“We have a problem: we operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits. We have come to see this as simply a part of the job.”

Campbell’s letter is in response to the Instagram campaign to raise awareness of sexual exploitation of models started in October by the US model Cameron Russell.

Here is Edie Campbell's letter in full:

Cameron Russell Helped Launch 'The Models March' By Victor Demarchelier For The Edit Feb. 23, 2017

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Cameron Russell Helped Launch 'The Models' March By Victor Demarchelier For The Edit Feb. 23, 2017

Top model Cameron Russell is devoted to public activism and maintaining a strong voice in the fashion industry. From a TED Talk about how models can maintain their own self-image in a fashion industry that loves mannequins to protesting climate change, Cameron Russell embraces issues with the knowledge that she has the power to influence change. Interviewed by The Edit, Russell explains her own path to protest and why we should join her.

Cameron Russell is styled in polished utilitarian looks by Alison Edmond. Photographer Victor Demarchelier is in the studio capturing 'The Model's March' (clearly inspired by the world's January 21, 2017 Women's Marches) for The Edit, February 23, 2017.

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