Pakistani Model Opens up About Facing Sexual Harassment in Fashion Industry
In the wake of #Metoo movement gathering momentum in Pakistan along with rest of the word, Pakistani male model Mujahid Rasool has come forward on Instagram to call out a culture of harassment in the fashion industry, specifically the exploitation of male talent by male gatekeepers.
In a series of posts using the hashtag #MeToo, the model said: “I have been struggling this field for 7-8 years which has been an experience full of harassment.”
Rasool has also shared screenshots of unnamed persons who had been contacting him with an opportunity for work, albeit with ‘conditions’ attached.
In a separate post, he also alleged that photographer/promoter Azeem Sani wanted Rasool to trade sexual favours in exchange for work opportunities.
The model’s posts come weeks after Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her in what was the first high-profile #MeToo incident in Pakistan.
Rasool has also received support from many others in the industry, including Meesha Shafi, for speaking up.
Proud of him for speaking up! ??Silence does not lead to change. https://t.co/RgJi1rq1YC
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) May 17, 2018