Kate Upton breaks silence on alleged harassment by Guess co-founder


'I have never touched her inappropriately.

'The next day, I learned that I had been fired from the shoot.

Upton also alleged in a recent interview with Time magazine that after she rebuffed his advances several times in 2011, Marciano spread rumors about her, called her a "fat pig" and fired her. "So I chose to just wiggle away".

"It had a huge emotional impact after, because it made me question what I was doing, how I put myself out there to be treated in this way", said Upton, who also claimed she was sacked from a job way back because she refused to enter Marciano's hotel room. "As soon as I went up to my hotel room, Paul started calling me asking to come up and see how my room is".

The newlywed tells TIME she's exhausted of having to "laugh off" the misconduct of fashion bosses and photographers in the industry: "I'm sick of being expected to laugh off these aggressive advances and accept the power imbalances that exist", she rages.

Upton, 25, called out Guess for continuing to employ Paul Marciano, who allegedly used his power to harass women.

Justin Sullivan  Getty ImagesA Guess store
Justin Sullivan Getty ImagesA Guess store

"After the first day of shooting the Guess Lingerie campaign [on July 25, 2010], Paul Marciano said he wanted to meet with me", Upton recalled to Time.

The Sports Illustrated model's charges against Marciano, first made in a January 31 tweet, has prompted at least two other models to come forward with their own stories about him, as well as another model to make allegations against another prominent man in Marciano's circles.

"It made me question what I was doing, how I was putting myself out there to be treated in this way, you know, I'm thinking I walked in to a professional meeting and I thought I was carrying myself in a professional way - how did this treatment happen to me?" "I think change comes from the top, but he's been there for years so it's more than just firing him to change the culture inside the offices". She said Marciano threatened her career or more, by saying he would make her "disappear" if she said anything.

"Honestly, I don't really need his validation for what happened", she said. In its official statement to CNN with Marciano's remarks, Guess did not elaborate on Upton's decision to turn down the offer. "Nor would I ever refer to a Guess model in such a derogatory manner", he stated. And I had to go through this moment where I was like, that's not my fault.

The former girlfriend of the late Hugh Hefner claims Marciano invited himself over to her apartment after the test shoot to show her the photos and talk shop, but she says "He forced himself on me".

"I am told that she has been working with others for some time to defame me and will claim that I groped her among other things".

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