33 secrets and stories from inside the fashion industry

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“I worked for a VERY well known fashion jewelry designer for several years and it was the most toxic and harmful environment I have ever been in. While most of the staff were amazing, the designer herself was physically and (mostly) verbally abusive.”

She withheld paychecks whenever she felt like it, forced salaried employees to work more than 70 hours a week, paid hourly employees below minimum wage, refused to allow lunch breaks, and berated employees. employees in front of everyone (including guests, celebrities, stylists, models, etc.) She demanded that we schedule last minute photoshoots with less than a day’s notice, then freaked out when we explained we couldn’t get the permits in time – the list really goes on and on. She would be in great shape and explode whenever it suited her, and every vacation I tried to take turned into calls or texts every two seconds. I ended up recording an email she sent that started ‘*my name*, I’m gonna fucking kill you!’ because something happened while I was abroad. I knew I needed some form of proof that she was abusive in case she tried to fire me. The icing on the cake was that she had a strong religious belief system that she tried to impose on every employee at all times, which was not only uncomfortable but also illegal. The whole time I was there, I had to tiptoe around her while trying to hide from the public that she was a cruelly obnoxious and racist human being.”

-Anonymous

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