I was 18 when I went to a shoot in an isolated apartment in North York. I was greeted by a young makeup artist and a large man - the photographer - who (with me being 5’11”) towered over me. He wasn’t just tall. He was large, intimidating. He had a boa loose in his apartment just for kicks. He shot some pictures of me and proceeded to tell me how beautiful I was and that he’d really love to shoot me naked. I said ‘no.’ He asked again...and again...and again. When I got up to leave, holding my breath, heart thumping in my chest as I hurried towards to door, he grabbed me and told me that if he ever found out I shot nude with anyone else, he’d hunt me down and kill me. I laughed it off - as that’s what girls do to stay out of trouble, to not complicate a situation or anger a man. They laugh it off, smile, act like everything is okay. That was one incident, 8 years ago that stays with me today. One incident of many over the course of my 26 years. I stand with other women. Me too.
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