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Rick Owens punched his male model

The model made a political protest on the runway

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 26 Jun 2015

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Rick Owens punched one of his models after showing his SS16 menswear collection in Paris yesterday. WWD reports that the model, known as Jera, had pulled out a banner with the words "PLEASE KILL ANGELA MERKEL – NOT" written on it, mid-walk. Angela Merkel is the German Chancellor, by the way.

"I think it says Kill Angela Merkel or something? Is that what it said? I don't know because it was not my idea," Rick told Dazed. "He pulled it out and I punched him when he came off stage. He's been my male muse for the past 12 years or something and I think he just felt comfortable enough to do something in a show and I'm furious."

The fashion brand also issued an official statement saying: "Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring/Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens."

Related: Rick Owens x Adidas Tech Runner collection
Related: Real Women for Rick Owens


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