What would you do if your boss asked you to sleep inside of a cabinet? According to a new Instagram account, that’s just one of the alleged wild requests that fashion assistants have heard before.
An industry is only as good as the people working in it, and unfortunately the fashion world seems to be tainted by power-tripping editors and aggressive upper management. It is, after all, a sector built on beautiful things, and with that comes vanity and ego. Lots of it.
And while it’s fair to say that not all fashion companies function like The Devil Wears Prada, where assistants cry at their desks and spend 18 hours a day running around a city picking up coffee, salads and dry cleaning, a new Instagram account is revealing raw stories of some of the lower-ranked staff.
Like this tale of one fashion assistant who was asked to wash soiled underwear after a photo shoot:
Or this person who was attacked for their appearance, including the shape of their mouth. Ummm, what!?
There’s also this poor soul who says some staff were asked to sleep inside of cupboards in addition to being subjected to blatant racism:
The bio for the account says it all: “Intern 1 no name Chasing broken dreams,” which seems to replace people’s actual birth names with an arbitrary title that insinuates all interns are essentially faceless numbers.
The account promises it isn’t looking to take down any specific fashion magazines or tarnish the image of any brands or people, so it’s keeping specifics like the places and people anonymous.
Sadly, most of the stories are incredibly degrading:
But there are a few positive stories peppered throughout the 6,700-follower-strong account, like this one from a model who thanks some stylists, especially the fashion assistants on set, for all of their hard work, which so often goes unnoticed.
It’s nice to think some of these bullies will be brought to justice, but that may be a tad naive to believe. The fashion world is a tough business, but the power of social media will hopefully give even employees at the very bottom of the totem pole some kind of voice.