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Watch: In Wake of #MeToo Movement, Out Male Model Discusses Struggles of Being Gay in Fashion Industry

Monday Feb 5, 2018
Barrett Pall
Barrett Pall  (Source:Instagram / @barrettpall)

Openly gay male model Barrett Pall shared a video late last month, opening up about being an out model in the fashion industry.

For the video's YouTube description, Pall, 29, writes, "Being gay in an industry that is run by mostly gay men, you would think that being gay isn't a problem. I learned the hard way that being gay actually makes working as a model much harder."

In the video, which is titled "Why It's Harder Being A Gay Model #MeToo," Pall says, "A lot of people who are in positions of power to make these big decisions about who gets cast and gets to do these amazing jobs are still afraid of Middle America's opinions and largely their spending power."

Pall's video comes after a number of models accused world-renowned fashion photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino of sexual misconduct.

"I have to give huge credit to these guys who stepped forward and shared their stories," Pall says in his video. "When you are going into this industry, there was and there still is this underlying agreement that you will kind of do what you have to book campaigns and work with certain photographers that will launch your career.

"A lot of that involves sexual acts, a lot of that involves sexual abuse, a lot of that involves things that make you highly uncomfortable and that you would never openly agree to," he added.

He goes on to say:

"Why it's harder being gay is that you go into these situations where these gay photographers expect you to be okay with doing these things. It's even more of a sting when you say 'no,' because you're gay and they're gay, and you should be okay with this, and you should like this, and you should want this anyway... It makes that gay photographer really feel rejected.

"It's a really fucked-up system. I've met these amazingly beautiful people, on the inside and the out, who have no confidence because these people who are in positions of power have figured out a way to make you feel how they used to feel. It's almost a sick revenge that they get, and it's a game."

Pall has worked for a number of brands, including Diesel and Lacoste.

Watch his video in full below.


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