Model Rie Rasmussen Finds Terry Richardson’s Work ‘Degrading to Women’

Terry Richardson shoots everything from Jimmy Choo ads to Pirelli calendars to Harper’s Bazaar editorials. He also shot the lady-orgy spread for the fall issue of Purple in which Abbey Lee Kershaw, Eniko Mihalik, Freja Beha, and Magdalena Frackowiak grope each other in various states of undress. Kershaw recently explained that when that kind of thing happens on a Richardson shoot, it’s because models want to. But model turned filmmaker Rie Rasmussen sees it somewhat differently. She told “Page Six”:

“He takes girls who are young, manipulates them to take their clothes off and takes pictures of them they will be ashamed of. They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves.

“His ‘look’ is girls who appear underage, abused, look like heroin addicts … I don’t understand how anyone works with him.”

Rasmussen recently bumped into Richardson at a party in Paris and expressed these same sentiments.

“I told him what you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only [bleep] girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue.

“Instead of arguing with me, Terry ran out of the bar. Then the next day, he called my agency and complained I called him names in front of clients in Paris. It was the most cowardly thing I have ever seen.”

Maybe Richardson should do a Style.com interview for their “Future of Fashion” series like his friend Olivier Zahm. It allowed Zahm plenty of space to explain his view of women.

Model snaps at fashion fotog [Page Six/NYP]

Model Rie Rasmussen Finds Terry Richardson’s Work ‘Degrading to Women’