Share this article Share Big announcement: The program was announced at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, but Sara and other models also shared an open letter about the program Ally: Model Doutzen Kroes pictured at the screening of Solo: Sara first got her start in the industry at the age of A natural beauty, she was soon booking runway shows and advertising campaigns, appearing in Seventeen magazine and even walking on Calvin Klein's catwalk.
But as she started to build a higher profile, Sara quickly discovered the shocking sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior that models such as herself are regularly exposed to.
At the onset of her career, Sara went to a photographer's apartment for one of her first castings; her parents were unable to go with her because the appointment was set up on short notice.
Then he told me to take my pants off,' Sara recounted in Cosmopolitan. I did what he told me to. I was just eager to be liked and get the job. I didn't know any better. Sara and others in the fashion industry such as Milla Jovovich pictured earlier this month are working to make sure no model has to deal with sexual assault Making a difference: With sexual assault allegations brought forth against well-known photographers such as Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Terry Richardson, Patrick Demarchelier, the program seems timely - although Sara said abuse has long existed in the industry.
I first went to Vogue magazine years ago with concerns about one photographer in particular who there have been numerous complaints about him sexually harassing and assaulting models,' she told WWD, later specifying she was talking about Terry Richardon, and crediting Vogue for cutting ties with him.
What's changed is that companies are no longer able to sweep these concerns under the rug. So for the first time, it's actually been quite a nice change rather than trying to get people to recognize the problem.
I think everyone is very aware of the problems in our industry and others and now we finally are able to move towards solutions. Through the Respect program, models can file complaints through a private process, protecting them from retaliation. Sara is pictured in February Sara told Teen Vogue: What are the situations you've been put in? Just because you're being photographed doesn't mean you've invited anyone to touch you.