Anja Rubik Explains Why She Wouldn't Work With Terry Richardson

Polish model Anja Rubik has explained why she turned down the chance to work with Terry Richardson for a Pirelli calendar, although she did appear in a Pirelli calendar when asked by Karl Lagerfeld. Anja explains that she didn't want to get into a situation that she might not be comfortable with, which is why she turned Terry down, although she says she has done plenty of work with him in the past with no problems. She told TheCut:

I’ve worked many times with Terry Richardson, and I like him a lot, and I’ve never had a situation with him where I felt uncomfortable. What photographers do is open the door and see how you react to different things. And if they see that the girl’s uncomfortable, then they stop. I know there was the whole drama with Terry Richardson, and actually, I was asked to do the Pirelli calendar with him as well. But I know his pictures, and I knew that I might not feel comfortable in certain situations, which would be really difficult for me and for him, because he has a vision. So, I decided not to do it because I was not sure it would work for both of us. But every time I’ve worked with him, there was never a situation where I was pushed into something. Everyone has their own limits and everyone has their own boundaries, and you know, another girl can do way more and feel comfortable with it. 

Anja also gave some advice for young models who may be forced into sexual or provocative photo shoots before they are ready. She believes models should be at least 17 before starting work because they need to feel comfortable in front of the camera and about themselves: 
I started modeling quite young. I would really recommend to every girl not to start modeling until they turn 17, to be honest. Before that, I think you’re not mature enough. You see girls that are modeling who are 14 or 15, and I think that’s way, way too young. The best models in the industry are the ones who feel comfortable on the set. If she doesn’t feel comfortable, the images won’t be beautiful. There’s this idea that you have to do something or your career won’t go forward, but a girl should research the job beforehand and if she feels uncomfortable with it, she should just say no. If she feels uncomfortable, the photographer won’t be happy with her, and the client won’t be happy with her, and she will do more harm to her career than if she just said no to begin with.

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