Boston Globe Denies Ever Accusing Karl Templer Of Sexual Coercion Of Models

Karl Templer in May 2010 debut issue of Industrie Magazine

Karl Templer in May 2010 debut issue of Industrie Magazine

In February 2018, the Boston Globe published a 5,100-word investigation into alleged mistreatment of, and sexual misconduct against fashion models. Stylist Karl Templer was mentioned in the Globe investigation when three models explained that as a stylist, Templer yanked at the underwear and shorts of one, touched another’s crotch and a third model’s breast.

The paper reported that models felt this behavior “crossed the line of professionalism”, seeming to question if this behavior was truly necessary to get the job done on an assignment. One of the models interviewed recalled the instance of her underwear and shorts being pulled off as “trying to get me naked,” although she’d told her agent she did not want to be nude below the waist.

“A stylist’s movement of clothes multiple times — over three decades and possibly tens of thousands of interactions — is not the same as sexual predation or sexual harassment or touching with the intent of self-gratification,” Templer said in an open letter to WWD published the next day.

He added that it was “impossible” for him to defend himself, as the prominent stylist been given no specific information to which he could respond.

On Oct. 2, the Boston Globe responded to Templer’s lawyer, asserting that it never reported that the stylist was accused by any model of “coercing or trying to coerce models to engage in sex or sexual activities” with him.

“The article did not assert or imply any such thing, nor did it report that Mr. Templer attempted to have or had sex with any models,” the letter reads, according to WWD. “Any claim that the Globe accused Mr. Templer of such conduct is entirely unfounded.”

The Globe held firm that its article will not be amended or retracted in any way.

The legal response letter referred to Templer alone and not to anyone else named in the story, like photographers Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere and Greg Kadel. These photographers all have denied the various allegations of sexual misconduct against them, ranging from lewd comments and quid pro quo harassment to forced kissing and sexual assault.

One of the industry chieftans who supported Templer’s argument that touching and groping — accidental or otherwise — is inevitable in working with a stylist is Karl Lagerfeld, who stated emphatically:

“A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him,” Lagerfeld said of Templer. “It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!”

AOC has followed Karl Templer’s work as a stylist for over a decade. Several key photographers have continued to work with the stylist after the publication of the Boston Globe article. View Templer’s body of work on AOC.

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Lagerfeld was interviewed by Numero on International Women's Day -- perhaps not the best idea. 

[Numero] Anyway, moving on, today is International Women’s Day…

{KL] For me Women’s Day is every day of the year. Men’s fashion does little for me. I buy it of course, and I’m delighted that Hedi [Slimane] is going to Céline but drawing a men’s collection and having to put up with all those stupid models, no thanks. Not to mention the fact with all their accusations of harassment they have become quite toxic. No, no, no, don’t leave me alone with one of those sordid creatures.

Karen Elson Joins Model Alliance Board As It Embraces Fashion Industry's Trickle Down Effect On Women

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One of the industry's most prominent models Karen Elson recently joined the Model Alliance's board of directors. Sara Ziff and the Model Alliance came into existence in 2012 with the mission of promoting the fair treatment, safety, overall working conditions and mental health of models. More prominent now than ever, we note a new evolution in the group's mission that includes a need to embrace fashion's trickle-down effect and its impact in the larger population. 

This week Elson joined the Model Alliance's board of directors and its founding director Ziff in a chat in Rachel Comey's Crosby Street store. On hand were editors, agents and designers, along with a lot of young models, writes Vogue. 

Ziff and Elson reviewed the basic accountability steps that the industry is taking to address the 'job' of being a model. Fresh -- if not new -- commentary in the presentation focused on the trickle-down effect that the fashion industry has on women's self-images and the larger culture. Elson shared her thoughts:

"Let’s think about the trickle-down: We in the fashion industry have a responsibility for women in general—women who look at images in magazines and on billboards and feel inspired to look like us—and if we’re putting up a sick image of a woman who goes to the gym for two and a half hours a day and exists on 1,000 calories . . . we’re not putting forth a positive image. It’s feeding this bigger narrative, where women in the ‘real world’ look at this and feel shit about themselves. But fashion is joyful, it’s playful. The women and the models I work with are inspiring and brilliant. Let’s bring that to the forefront, on top of the genetically blessed, beautiful women they are. Let’s make it joyful.”

One of the young models without an agent asked Elson what to do if she is feeling compromised or fearful at a fashion shoot, knowing that she might not be booked again. Elson correctly answered the young woman with words meant to steel her backbone, while being sympathetic to the reality that the action could backfire. Basically, Elson is saying that young models must take a stand.  

“When things happen to me on set, the first thing I do is call my agent, but if you don’t have that, it’s tricky,” Elson added. “The only thing I can say is, if you’re in a situation where you feel compromised, it’s necessary to walk away. This is how these abusers [work]—they prey on a person who feels like their livelihood is dependent on it.” For models who have found themselves in similar situations, the Model Alliance has a grievance reporting service.