Fashion News Alert: Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski Reveals Sexual Assault, Raf Simons to Debut Signature Collection, and Kohl’s Layoffs

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In a recent, self-penned article for New York Magazine, Supermodel Emily Ratajkowski talks about being sexually assaulted by a noted fashion photographer before she became an established fashion model. The assault happened when Ratajkowski was booked for an unpaid editorial with a photographer in the Catskills.

Jonathan Leder, the photographer in question, the makeup artist, and a 20-year old Ratajkowski has been drinking some red wine, so some details of the assault are not quite clear. But Ratajkowski did detail what she did recall in the article in New York Magazine.

“Most of what came next was a blur except for the feeling. I don’t remember kissing, but I do remember his fingers suddenly being inside of me. Harder and harder and pushing and pushing like no one had touched me before or has touched me since. I could feel the shape of myself and my ridges, and it really, really hurt. I brought my hand instinctively to his wrist and pulled his fingers out of me with force. I didn’t say a word. He stood up abruptly and scurried silently into the darkness up the stairs,” detailed Ratajkowski in a article.

Ratajkowski did not report the incident at the time; however, revealing images from the photo editorial did pop up in a book of Leder’s photography, and on Leder’s Instagram account. When Leder was sent a cease and desist letter, he produced a signed consent form which Ratajkowski contends she never signed.

Leder released two more books of photography that included Ratajkowski’s revealing images. “Years passed, and Jonathan released a second book of my images, then a third. He had another show at the same gallery. I looked him up online occasionally; I almost felt like I was checking in on a part of me, the part of me he now owned. For years, while I built a career, he’d kept that Emily in the drawers of his creaky old house, waiting to whore her out. It was intoxicating to see what he’d done with this part of me he’d stolen.”

When contacted by The Cut of New York Magazine Leder stated, “You do know who we are talking about right? This is the girl that was naked in Treats! magazine and bounced around naked in the Robin Thicke video at that time. You really want someone to believe she was a victim?”

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Raf Simons debut women’s collection

Raf Simons has announced that he will debut his women’s collection on October 23 in Antwerp, Belgium. This showing will happen 25 years after Simons started his brand. The debut will take place a month after Simons will show his debut collaboration with Miuccia Prada on September 24 on Milan Fashion Week.

Simons launched his fashion house in 1995 and has been the creative director of the fashion houses of Jil Sander, Christian Dior, and Calvin Klein. Both Simons’ men’s and women’s collection will be available for sale online on October 26.

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Trouble for Kohl’s

On Tuesday, Kohl’s announced plans to cut 15% of its workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kohl’s will layoff employees at its Menomonee Falls headquarters, as well as at its corporate offices in New York and California. Kohl’s hopes to save $65 million dollars with these cuts. In 2019, Kohl’s employed 122,000 associates.

“Through prudent management, disciplined investment in key areas, and smart long-term strategic planning, we are well positioned to capitalize on evolving customer behaviors and the retail industry disruption. The organizational changes we’ve made and keen focus on our strategic business priorities will continue to support our long-term success,” explained SVP of communications Jen Johnson. 

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