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‘Vogue’ Photographer Mario Testino Accused Of Groping & Masturbating On Male Models

You may not know Mario Testino‘s name, but you know his work. The 63-year-old fashion photographer has captured the likenesses of the Royal family and many other well known celebrities, including Serena Williams for the latest cover of Vogue. But his name is now making headlines after the New York Times reports that 13 male models and assistants who’ve worked with the famed photographer allege that he committed various acts of sexually inappropriate behavior toward them. The NYT also reports that fashion photographer Bruce Weber, who contributed to Vogue in the past, as well, faces sexual misconduct claims from 15 different male models.

One of the claims comes from Hugo Tillman, who started freelancing as a photo assistant for Mario in 1996, and eventually became his fourth assistant.  “I was often made to feel uncomfortable on shoots, asked to massage Mario in front of other assistants, models and fashion editors,” Tillman alleges in the New York Times pice. He goes on to clim that Mario once allegedly grabbed him on the street and tried to kiss him. He also allegedly met Mario in a hotel room during a business trip, where he claims the photographer allegedly threw him on a bed, climbed on top of him, and pinned down his arms. At that point, Mario’s brother allegedly came into the room and told him to get off the assistant.

“Sexual harassment was a constant reality,” alleges another of Testino‘s assistants from the late ’90s, Roman Barrett, who also claimed the photographer rubbed up against his leg with an erection and masturbated in front of him. “He misbehaved in hotel rooms, the backs of cars and on first-class flights,” he said. “Then things would go back to normal, and that made you feel gaslighted.”

While Voguehas worked with both Mario and Bruce, and with Mario as recently as their February 2018 issue, they will no longer be working with either of the photographers in light of the allegations. “We are deeply disturbed by these accusations and take this very seriously—as previously noted in our statement regarding sexual harassment,” a Vogue spokesperson tells HollywoodLife “In light of these allegations, we will not be commissioning any new work with them for the foreseeable future.”

In a statement posted on the Vogue websiteAnna Wintour also addressed the accusations, while noting that the magazine’s publisher, Condé Nast, is rolling out a new Code of Conduct for outside contributors, which includes that models must pre-approve shoots that involve nudity or sexually suggestive poses. “Today, allegations have been made against Bruce Weber and Mario Testino, stories that have been hard to hear and heartbreaking to confront. Both are personal friends of mine who have made extraordinary contributions to Vogue and many other titles at Condé Nast over the years, and both have issued objections or denials to what has emerged,” Anna wrote. “I believe strongly in the value of remorse and forgiveness, but I take the allegations very seriously, and we at Condé Nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future.”

Mwbuzzers, this story is still developing. We will keep updating as more information unfolds.

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11 Actresses That Were Paid Less Than Male Co-Stars: Michelle Williams, Angelina & More

Michelle Williams reportedly made 1000x less than co-star Mark Wahlberg. Sadly, many female stars — from Robin Wright to Amy Adams — were paid far less than men!

If anyone needed an example of why the Time’s Up movement exist, they only have to look to Michelle Williams, 37. The internet erupted in fury when it heard that the Golden Globe nominated actress was paid less than $1,000 for reshooting scenes on All The Money In The World, while he co-star, Mark Wahlberg, 46, supposedly made $1.5 million, according to Huffington Post. Upon hearing this report, Amber Tamblyn called the pay gap “totally unacceptable,” while producer Judd Apatow said the story was “so messed up that it is almost hard to believe.”

Sadly, it’s all too real in Hollywood for a female actress to make shockingly less than her male co-star. Angelina Jolie, 42, and Brad Pitt, 54, were both gigantic stars when they appeared in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but while Brad took home roughly $20 million for his part, Angie only made half of that. Similarly, Jennifer Lawrence, 27, and Amy Adams, 43, were equally if not even more famous than their American Hustle co-stars Jeremy Renner, 47, Christian Bale, 43, and Bradley Cooper, 43. Yet, the men made 9% of the film’s profits (which was $150 million, according to Box Office Mojo) while the women only got 7%.

This info was made public with the infamous Sony Hack. “When…I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” Jennifer wrote when responding to this revelation in 2015, per Huffington Post. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

“I would be lying if I didn’t say there was an element of wanting to be liked that influenced my decision to close the deal without a real fight. I didn’t want to seem ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled.’ At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being ‘difficult’ or ‘spoiled,’” she added.

The pay gap doesn’t just apply to movies. Robin Wright, 51, who is as integral to House Of Cards’ success as Kevin Spacey, 58, was making less than him in 2014. He was reportedly pulling in $500,000 per episode, while she was making $420,000. She demanded equal pay in 2016. Similarly, Gillian Anderson, 49, fought to be paid as much as David Duchovny, 57, during the first run of The X-Files in the 1990s. She was reportedly offered “half” of David’s salary for the reboot. She fought, yet again, to be paid fairly for her work.

As of Aug. 2017, women are paid 20% less than their male counterparts performing the same job, according to a study done by the Institute For Women’s Policy Research (via CNBC.) Some experts argue that women won’t reach pay equity with men until 2152. Others argue, after observing millennial women demand equal pay, that the new generation of professional women may even surpass men in the next few years. Here’s hoping the efforts of Time’s Up and similar moments mean everyone gets a fair and equal paycheck.

Check out the gallery above for more examples. Mwbuzzers, are you shocked when you heard about Michelle Williams reportedly getting paid so little?

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Rob Lowe Is The First Male Atkins Brand Ambassador — What You Need To Know About The Diet

Rob Lowe is the new face of Atkins — a low-carb, low-sugar diet that stars like Kim Kardashian have followed for years. See the premise of it below!

Rob Lowe, 53, is the newest brand ambassador for the Atkins diet. He said in a statement on January 3, “It all starts with how you feel on the inside, and when you feel good, you look good. Eating low carb has helped me feel and look my best. Life is too short to eat a bad protein bar, and Atkins has great tasting bars and shakes that satisfy my sweet tooth. Today’s Atkins focuses on foods that are rich in healthy protein and low in carbs and sugar. It’s a simple approach that tastes delicious and is a real way to live.” In a series of ads, Rob says he has been following the Atkins diet for years. The diet works for him despite his “killer sweet tooth,” as he loves their chocolate shakes and chocolate peanut butter bars.

“While people have different health goals, they all want to lead healthy lives and not feel like they’re missing out, whether spending time with family or eating a delicious meal,” said Atkins chief marketing officer, Scott Parker. “The new campaign follows our ‘Today’s Atkins’ creative launched this past fall and continues to show that Atkins extends way beyond a diet. Rob is a great representative of this lifestyle, as he has followed an Atkins low carb approach for years. Rob shows that living a low carb lifestyle can be healthy, yet still allows for enjoyment of great tasting food.”

Kim Kardashian has had success on the Atkins diet in the past and has been vocal about her success in losing her baby weight with the program. This diet tied Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig as the number 7 best diet for fast weight loss (out of 40 diets), by U.S. News & World Report. You eat fatty foods and are encouraged to eat eggs, meat and chicken. You’ll need to ditch white carbs like potatoes, rice, and pasta, and alcohol.

Mwbuzzers, are you going to try the Atkins diet like Rob Lowe?

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Best of 2017: Charli XCX flips the male gaze with 'Boys'

Joe Jonas seductively eating pancakes, Jack Antonoff lifting weights, Charlie Puth washing a car — British hitmaker Charli XCX flipped the script on music-video objectification in July with this star-studded clip (yes, that’s Riz Ahmed!) for one of Mwbuzz’s favorite songs of 2017. Below, Charli breaks down the idea behind one of the year’s most talked-about music videos. As told to Nolan Feeney.

I was sent the song while I was driving around America doing a radio promo tour. I never really take songs that I don’t write myself, but when I heard it, I thought it was amazing and immediately had the idea for the video. It started with Joe Jonas — I told my tour manager, “Imagine if I had Joe Jonas being sexy in the music video?” Then I started thinking about other people we could have. Most of the guys in the video are people I’ve worked with or am friends with. I also joined a celebrity dating app to meet some people and convince them to be in it — kind of like minor blackmail.

Rather than have me looking cute and singing about boys, I thought it would be a good opportunity to have men be the objects for once. I feel like the only option for women in music videos is to be this highly sexualized thing. Women are often used as props in other people’s videos. They play these characters that are boxed-in — the damsel in distress, the vixen — while men are these powerful, dominant figures. I wanted to use an array of guys from all different parts of the world, from all different genres of music, with all different body types, to play out these stereotypical female roles. There is so much press about female body image; now more than ever, people are talking about all shapes and sizes being accepted, and that’s brilliant. But I don’t see that for men. One of the coolest responses I got about the video was praise for how it’s not celebrating just one body type.

There’s been such a power shift in the industry, with women really owning their sexuality and being more aggressive — like when Rihanna put out the “Bitch Better Have My Money” video — or directing their own videos, from myself to Grimes. I hope that when people see “Boys,” it makes them feel like you don’t have to be one type of woman to be successful. You can be whoever you want to be.

Charli XCX’s new mixtape, Pop 2, is out now.

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