America’s Next Top Model judge Ashley Graham is adding her voice to the chorus of women saying #MeToo.
On an appearance on The View Tuesday, Graham discussed her experiences as a teenage model and shared a harrowing story from a photo shoot when she was 17 years old. “I was shooting a big campaign, and a photo assistant said, ‘Come here, I wanna talk to you.’ And he lured me into this hallway, pushed me into a closet. He exposed himself, and he said, ‘Look at what you did to me all day long, now touch it.”
At the time, Graham said she “prayed” no one would find out about the incident, lest she be labeled a “difficult model” and have trouble getting work. If she had known then about the #MeToo movement, she says, “I would have smacked that guy… I probably would have just started screaming, I would have called my agency.”
The View panel agreed that the movement is changing the tide against these predatory interactions. Graham believes that now, women are standing up for themselves and for each other on set. “That was when I was 17 years old; I’m 30 now, and I know if somebody tried doing that to somebody who was younger on set…there’s so many things I would want to do and say to that person.”
“People are watching,” host Whoopi Goldberg warned. “Men and women are watching. They’re going, this is not going to work. We’re not doing this anymore.”
Watch the clip from The View above.