A marca Balenciaga encerrou sua relação com uma agência de casting que fez 150 modelos esperarem, durante três horas, às escuras e embaixo de uma escada, para um teste visando o desfile que a grife realizará no domingo na Semana de Moda de Paris, confirmou à Agência Efe a companhia.
A polêmica ocorreu na terça-feira, depois que James Scully, diretor de casting, acusou a agência de ter um comportamento "sádico e cruel".
So true to my promise at #bofvoices that I would be a voice for any models, agents or all who see things wrong with this business I'm disappointed to come to Paris and hear that the usual suspects are up to the same tricks. I was very disturbed to hear from a number of girls this morning that yesterday at the Balenciaga casting Madia & Ramy (serial abusers) held a casting in which they made over 150 girls wait in a stairwell told them they would have to stay over 3 hours to be seen and not to leave. In their usual fashion they shut the door went to lunch and turned off the lights, to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see. Not only was this sadistic and cruel it was dangerous and left more than a few of the girls I spoke with traumatized. Most of the girls have asked to have their options for Balenciaga cancelled as well as Hermes and Ellie Saab who they also cast for because they refuse to be treated like animals. Balenciaga part of Kering it is a public company and these houses need to know what the people they hire are doing on their behalf before a well deserved law suit comes their way. On top of that I have heard from several agents, some of whom are black that they have received mandate from Lanvin that they do not want to be presented with women of color. And another big house is trying to sneak 15 year olds into paris! It's inconceivable to me that people have no regard for human decency or the lives and feelings of these girls, especially when too too many of these models are under the age of 18 and clearly not equipped to be here but god forbid well sacrifice anything or anyone for an exclusive right? If this behavior continues it's gonna be a long cold week in paris. Please keep sharing your stories with me and I will continue to to share them for you. It seems to be the only way we can force change and give the power back to you models and agents where it rightfully belongs. And I encourage any and all to share this post #watchthisspace
Scully afirmou que 150 candidatas para o desfile da Balenciaga tiveram que esperar no domingo, no escuro, durante três horas e debaixo de uma escada, já que os diretores de casting foram comer e apagaram as luzes, deixando as modelos com seus celulares como única fonte de luz.
As declarações foram apoiadas na rede social por figuras da moda como Joan Smalls, Kate Young e Helena Christensen.
A casa Balenciaga indicou em comunicado que, após ter se inteirado dos "problemas que aconteceram durante o casting de modelos" no domingo, reagiu rapidamente "rompendo as relações com a agência atual".
A Balenciaga também condenou o que classifica de "incidente", e afirmou ter se desculpado com os agentes das modelos afetadas, que foram convidadas a compartilhar o ocorrido com a firma.
O grupo Kering, do qual a Balenciaga faz parte, que lançou em 2009 a Fundação Kering para combater a violência contra a mulher, reiterou seu compromisso "para garantir as mais respeitosas condições trabalhistas das modelos".