Another male model named Daryl Janney seems to allude to having a similar experience in a new book titled Blacklisted, which is described as a “deeply personal memoir about the rapid ascent of Daryl Janney to become one of the top models in the world, working with most of the top photographers, including Bruce Weber, the Godfather of men’s fashion.” The email subject line used for media pitches of the book is this: “Bruce Weber the Harvey Weinstein of Fashion?”
On Wednesday morning, The Business of Fashion published a report with four more sources going on the record against Weber, and more speaking anonymously. The allegations date back to 1982.
One of those men is D.L. Janney, who described an incident that happened while he was shooting for British Vogue in 1982. During the shoot, Weber asked Janney to strip down to his underwear. He told the model that he wanted to take pictures to send to Calvin Klein (Weber was shooting their campaigns at the time). Weber asked Janney to get completely nude and said the photos wouldn’t be published. Janney refused and said that Weber refused to talk to him for the rest of the shoot.
D.L. Janney, Christopher Cates, Alex Geerman and Ryan Vigilant went on the record with allegations against the photographer in a report published by The Business of Fashion. The models’ assault allegations date back to 1982.
Janney, who just released a memoir about his experience in the industry, told Business of Fashion that he believes he was blacklisted from the industry after refusing Weber on two separate occasions. In 1982, Weber allegedly asked Janney to strip naked during a shoot for British Vogue and, on another shoot for GQ, Janney and his brother were asked by the photographer to take off their shirts and “pretend to be boyfriends,” Janney said.
D.L. Janney, a former male model, who recently released a memoir called “Blacklisted,” which details his time in the industry, said that while on a break during a shoot for British Vogue in 1982, Weber asked him to strip down to his underwear for a photo he could take to Calvin Klein, whose campaigns Weber was shooting at the time. Janney was eager to comply until Weber asked him to get completely nude. According to Janney, Weber said that the photos would not be published anywhere and were for “his own use, and to show Calvin.”
When Janney refused, he said the photographer refused to speak with him for the rest of the day. On another occasion, Weber had hired both Janney and his brother for a shoot for GQ; Weber asked the two brothers to remove their shirts and, according to Janney, “pretend to be boyfriends.” When they refused, Janney said they were subject to verbal abuse. As outlined in his book, Janney believes that Weber “blacklisted” him from the industry shortly after, making it impossible for him to find work as a model.