ELLE Romania- CARRÉ OTIS, supermodel, writer, survivor

The supermodel, author and activist Carré Otis shares with the readers of ELLE Romania her efforts to create a #MeToo moment in the fashion industry, apparently glamorous, in reality filled with abuses, the results of lessons learnt from her tumultuous past. In her memoir “Beauty, Disrupted”, published in 2011, Carré describes the mistreatment and exploitation young (many of them minor) models were subjected to in the 80s and 90s, mostly by men, including male agents like Gérald Marie, who was at the time the president of the European branch of Elite Model Management and Carré’s first agent while she was modeling in Paris, and who is currently investigated by the French authorities after 11 women have accused him so far of sexual misconduct. While my story highlights Carré’s iconic career moments, it also details her tireless and extensive efforts to make the modeling, and the fashion industry in general, more regulated and safer, especially for young models who are starting out. To accomplish this, and to bring justice to those who have been wronged, Carré is actively involved in non-profit organizations and support groups like Model Alliance NY (and its RESPECT program) and Victorious Angels. And she is working on another book about her spiritual practice, which, she told me, has been her main source of healing and strength for decades.

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