Why Terry Richardson's naked photos need to stop

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Terry Richardson's list of naked women is getting creepier by the shutter-snap. Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Kerr and now Lea Michele.

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Miley Cyrus' shoot with Terry Richardson continues to cause controversy, but now everyone's talking about Lea Michele stripping off for the questionable fashion photographer.

But isn't it all just getting too creepy now? What was once seen as artistic boundary pushing, has been getting raunchier, weirder and more pornographic by the minute.

So, why do the world's most famous women keep ditching their kit for Terry?

Miley Cyrus for Terry Richardson

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Miley Cyrus poses for Terry Richardson, October 2013

Talent apparently. Terry is regarded as one of the world's leading fashion photographers after all.

Keeping up with the fash-pack and what the industry deems 'artsy' however, appears to be covering up the fact that Terry is regularly accused of sexually exploiting young models, with very few willing to going public.

Terry Richardson with Rihanna, Naya Riviera, Lady Gaga and Miranda Kerr

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Uncle Terry with Rihanna, Naya Rivera, Lady Gaga and Miranda Kerr

Recalling a shoot she did with Terry at just 19, model Jamie Peck told The Gloss in 2010, "I'm not sure how he maneuvered me over to the couch, but at some point he strongly suggested I touch his terrifying penis.

"This is where I zoom out on the situation. I can remember doing this stuff, but even at the time, it was sort of like watching someone else do it, someone who couldn't possibly be me because I would never touch a creepy photographer's penis.

"I must have said something about [my university exams], because he told me, 'if you make me come, you get an A.' So I did! Pretty fast, I might add. All over my left hand. His assistant handed me a towel.

"I was supposed to get a signed print as payment but I felt so gross about the whole thing that I never went back. As much as I'd like to think he went especially mad for my unique brand of non-emaciated sex appeal, it's likely that he approaches all girls the same way.

"Gauge the situation, drop some names, take out your trouser monster, and see what you can get them to do."

Terry Richardson with Cara Delevingne

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Terry Richardson with supermodel Cara Delevingne

Among the rest of the weirdness which you can read on The Gloss here, Jamie also mentions that the photographer requested she call him 'Uncle Terry', that he wanted to make a cup of tea with her used tampon, and that at one point, she was taking pictures of him in the nude.

Others have supported Jamie with similar stories too, including former Gucci and Victoria's Secret model Rie Rasmussen who describes how she confronted Terry at a party saying, "I hope you know you only f**k girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue."

Terry's response was to apparently flee the building. Then complain to her modelling agency the next day.

Terry Richardson with Beyonce

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Terry Richardson cuddles with Beyoncé

But despite all the controversy, reported requests for sex acts and a whole load of general creepiness, everyone from Rihanna and Miley Cyrus to Cara Delevingne, Beyonce and Miranda Kerr still work with him. Not to mention high end brands like Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent.

The photographer even shot wholesome Selena Gomez for Harper's Bazaar this year, with the starlet 'covering up' in his own signature plaid shirt and glasses.

Terry with Selena Gomez

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Terry Richardson dresses Selena Gomez in his trademark plaid

So what's going on? Are these girls genuinely, as Uncle Terry says, having fun on his shoots?

A more sinister interpretation is that Terry now carries so much fashion-biz clout, that degradation just no longer matters. And that folks, fills us with pure dread and industry loathing.

Aren't things supposed to be 'different' now?

Terry Richardson taken by Alexa Chung

© Instagram / Alexa Chung

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