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Popular designer and creative mind Gosha Rubchinskiy has received flak over a suspicious text from a 16 year old fan where he attempted to solicit pictures of him to “have on file”. Screenshots were leaked to Instagram user Diet Prada and quickly spread among the fashion community. Gosha and his brand have, obviously, denied these claims, claiming to have been street casting. While the screenshots do not show Gosha explicitly asking for nude pictures, the leaker alleged that the texts were unsent before they could be captured. While street casting isn’t an uncommon practice in fashion modelling, however this level of “exposure” so early on in their career would be unprecedented and unnecessary, put lightly.

Both the unnamed teenager and Rubchinskiy’s team have made numerous statements to Hypebeast, a popular fashion and pop-culture media site. The teen claims he was unaware of any casting process taking place, and was uncomfortable with what was being asked of him over WhatsApp, Instagram DMs, and Facetime. In Rubchinskiy’s camp, however, the images were allegedly sent without request from Gosha, and that they delete “strange messages” and “inappropriate photos” of this nature. They also claim that the teenager began acting strangely the next day, bombarding Gosha with Facetime calls.

By some accounts, this isn’t the high fashion industry’s first issue with pedophilic accusations. Hypebeast commenter “CLASS OF 1984” claimed the following:

“Somebody on here mentioned that Gosha was oozing pedophile vibes with some of his lookbooks years ago…why is this not surprising in the least now? Cause the fashion game is saturated with pedophiles. Be wary of middle aged men fascinated with “youth” and young models. You had old creepy pervs like Terry Richardson and (for as much as I love his work) Larry Clark photographing and filming underaged kids emulating sex acts but managing to pass it off to audiences as “high art” and “capturing modernity”. Look at all these magazine editorials, look books and shoots. Look at the look in the eyes of some of these models. There is definitely a lot of pedo sh*t going on in the fashion world. The sad thing is its an open secret that nothing is ever done about.”

The age of consent in Russia is 16 years old, and Gosha’s team maintains that sometimes photos in nothing but underwear are required to better understand hip-proportion. However, having nude photos of someone under 18 is still illegal in Russia as well.

Adidas, a long-time collaborator of Gosha’s, made a statement that they would be investigating these claims. Should something come up incriminating Gosha of these claims, not only would it crush his reputation as a designer but put the fashion community on alert to the actions of other big names in the industry.

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