#MeToo’s Asia Argento to model in Paris fashion show

Italian actress Asia Argento (left), is shown here with US singer and actress Rose McGowan, who has also accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. (AFP pic)

PARIS: Italian actress and #MeToo campaigner Asia Argento is to be a model in a haute couture fashion show in Paris on Monday.

The 43-year-old, who helped start the movement by accusing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, will lead out Antonio Grimaldi’s spring summer collection.

Grimaldi, who like Argento is based in Rome, praised her “audaciousness” and said her “anti-conformist personality works perfectly with the collection, which is inspired by the Greek myth of Ariadne.”

In a teaser photo for the show, the heavily tattooed Argento appears in a short sleeveless black dress with a heart motif that plays off her body art.

The designer used the first Saudi Arabian couture model Taleedah Tamer in his last Paris show in July.

Haute couture shows, staged only in Paris, are regarded as the pinnacle of fashion, with their handmade creations aimed at Hollywood royalty and the super rich.

Argento had to fight claims in September that she had sex with an underage American actor while playing his mother in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things”.

She said that Jimmy Bennett — who was 17 at the time — “jumped on me”.

But after the #MeToo movement began to gather pace she said he contacted her again to demand US$3.5 million (three million euros) to keep quiet.

Her late boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who she said wanted peace, reportedly had paid him US$250,000 by last June, when Bourdain committed suicide.

Argento then suspended the payments.

The daughter of “Suspiria” director Dario Argento, Argento is best known for the Vin Diesel blockbuster “xXx”, Sophia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette”, the horror film “Land of the Dead”, and her own “Scarlet Diva” (2001), which she wrote and directed herself.