The Brooklyn photographer who was accused on social media of being “fat-phobic” has sued for defamation. In March, William Lords was publicly referred to as out for charging plus-sized fashions $100 extra for a photoshoot.
Lords allegedly prices $950 for ‘commonplace’ and $1,050 for ‘plus/curve’ fashions. The knowledge was shared on TikTok by mannequin Sixtine Rouyre and her agent Megan Mesveskas after they enquired about pricing for a portfolio shoot.
‘This is only one extra instance of how terrible the modelling business is to actually anybody over a measurement zero,’ Rouyre mentioned.
Lords countered that he sources all of the clothes himself and pays for it out of his personal pocket. His defence is solely that plus-size designer outfits are more durable to search out and price extra. He has filed a $1.5million lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom stating he has obtained ‘numerous threatening, offensive and shaming emails from people who’ve an ‘evil opinion of him’ immediately because of the video.
“Lords just isn’t disgusted by the looks of plus-size fashions and he doesn’t discriminate towards plus-size fashions,” he mentioned within the go well with papers.
Mesveskas and Rouyre have declined to remark publicly. Their lawyer Joshua Blum has referred to as Lords’ lawsuit “a determined and clear try to sit back [their] train of their constitutional proper to free speech.”
“My purchasers won’t be intimidated or bullied by Mr Lords’ baseless lawsuit; nor will they be silenced by his improper exploitation of the authorized system,” says Blum. “We look ahead to having Mr Lords’ frivolous claims summarily dismissed by the courtroom.”
[Via New York Post]