Balenciaga is dealing with quite a big scandal. The fashion house has been linked to allegations of mistreating its models. After the allegations emerged, the company decided to severe its relationship with its casting directors.
So, it appears that Balenciaga decided to take action on the allegations. The claims were first made on Sunday, when James Scully, a casting director who was employed by some of the most famous fashion houses in the world, including Tom Ford and Carolina Herrera, exposed the mistreatment. Scully claimed in an Instagram caption that multiple models who worked with Balenciaga told him that the company’s casting directors, Maida Gregori Boina and Rami Fernandes, actually locked over 150 models in a stairwell for hours during a show casting.
Of course, the allegations are quite serious and it seems that Scully wanted to share the story to express his disappointed for what was happening at the company. “I’m disappointed to come to Paris and hear that the usual suspects are up to the same tricks,” the Instagram post said.
“I was very disturbed to hear from a number of girls this morning that yesterday at the Balenciaga casting Madia & Ramy (serial abusers) held a casting in which they made over 150 girls wait in a stairwell told them they would have to stay over 3 hours to be seen and not to leave. In their usual fashion they shut the door went to lunch and turned off the lights, to the stairs leaving every girl with only the lights of their phones to see,” Scully concluded.
It seems that Balenciaga did not take too long to respond to the claims. The famous fashion house issued a statement in which it revealed that it terminated its relationship with the two accused casting directors. The statement, posted by The Hollywood Reporter, indicated that the company made immediate and radical changes to its casting process.
“Balenciaga sent a written apology to the agencies of the models who were affected by this specific situation, asking them to share it with them,” the statement added. The company also said that it condemns the mistreatment and it aims to ensure the best conditions possible for its models.