Sky Documentaries, The Guardian and London-based Wonderhood Studios have partnered for a three-part docuseries examining sexual exploitation in the modeling industry across three decades.
The testimony- and archive-driven series builds on the ongoing investigation by journalist Lucy Osborne and The Guardian to reveal how sexual abuse has become endemic in the modeling business.
Filmed in the U.S. and Europe, the yet-untitled project is produced by an all-female team including Osborne, with Jacqueline Edenbrow, Samantha Anstiss and Rebecca Templar serving as executive producers.
Wonderhood Studios (My Grandparents’ War) and The Guardian had been developing separate projects covering the same subject for many months before coming together last year to collaborate.
Produced in association with Sky Studios, the yet-untitled Sky Original will launch on Sky Documentaries in the UK and Ireland, and on Sky in Germany and Italy.
Further global broadcaster partners are expected to be announced in the future.
Anstiss, chief creative officer at Wonderhood Studios, said in a statement: “We’re passionate about collaborating to get the stories of women from across the modeling industry told. This has always been a world of beguiling glamour and opportunity, but as the testimonies of so many survivors reveal, it became a much darker place. We feel privileged to be able to help to get the voices of women heard and hope the series will go some way to effecting change.”
Osborne added: “I am delighted to be working with such a fantastic team to help tell these women’s stories and finally give the fashion industry its MeToo reckoning. We look forward to creating a series that will also sensitively explore the bigger picture — how abuse is facilitated, how victims are silenced and the lasting impact on women.”