Yesterday an interview we posted on our site in 2017 received an influx of visitors. This article was titled “Jonathan Leder Reveals Details of His Set on Emily Ratajkowski (NSFW)” and was an interview with Leder about a photoshoot he did with Ratajkowski in 2012.
The play was growing in popularity thanks to Ratajkowski’s recent editorial in The Cut. He details his traumatic experience on that set with Leder, which involved an alleged sexual assault and was followed by the publication of 71 images printed in a book without his consent. This trauma, she writes, was further fueled by media coverage of the event, most of which was published in alliance with Leder despite his claims regarding its violation.
As staff, we are deeply saddened and disgusted that Highsnobiety played a role in this situation with our interview, one in which Leder defends his work and gaslights * Ratajkowski, setting aside his true lived experience of the trauma. First of all, we would like this statement to serve as an apology to Ratajkowski, as well as to thank you for holding us accountable by specifically mentioning our article.
Although our team discussed the total retraction of the interview, we believe it is important to keep it published as a measure of transparency, to show how women’s voices are so often silenced and how much it is. common that publications are complicit in these issues. Since 2017, Highsnobiety has done a lot to grow, with more female-led teams in our editorial organization, an ongoing recruiting initiative to build a more diverse workforce, and an editorial commitment to social justice than we do. let’s keep repeating. This change is still underway and we still have a long way to go, especially as we operate in an industry where the vast majority of top executives and creatives – people who make a living dressing women – are men. Plus, we’ve made ourselves known as part of a streetwear movement which, while democratic in many ways, remains a boys’ club.
We owe it to the world to do our part to reverse these inequalities, learn from our mistakes and take action so that we are never on the wrong side of a critical situation like this again. Responsibility and unlearning are lifelong processes that we as an organization engage in.
If you have experienced sexual trauma, resources like Rape Crisis (UK) and RAINN (US) are here to support you.
* Merriam-Webster defines “gaslight” as “an attempt to make (someone) believe that he is going mad (such as by subjecting that person to a series of experiments without a rational explanation)”. It is often used to describe a kind of verbal and emotional manipulation used by harms and abusers to discredit the valid claims of their victims.