Why has it taken so long for magazines to distance themselves from Terry Richardson?

Reports of abuse on shoots have long swirled around the photographer – but only now does a major publisher appear to have banned him from its pages

Kate Upton in a bikini, pulling the bottoms down. A teenage, topless Daisy Lowe kissing her then-boyfriend. Miley Cyrus on a giant wrecking ball, naked but for a pair of Dr Martens. Since the 90s, the photographer Terry Richardson has been known for an almost soft-porn aesthetic, which includes nudity, innuendo and simulated sex acts. With estimated earnings of £44m in 2013, Richardson has photographed Barack Obama, taken pictures for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and GQ, and directed pop videos for Beyoncé, as well as Cyrus. He even has a nickname – Uncle Terry.

If that sounds creepy, that’s because it is. Richardson has been called out by models accusing him of suspect behaviour. It seems they have finally been listened to: Condé Nast International, the publishing company that includes Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair in its stable, has stopped its magazines from working with him again, not renewing his contract, according to reports. A leaked email from James Woodhouse, the executive vice president, reads: “Condé Nast would like to no longer work with … Terry Richardson.”

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