News recently broke that celebrity photographer, Marcus Hyde, solicited nude photos from a model in exchange for a free photoshoot. Sunnaya, the Los Angeles-based model who denied his requests, uploaded screenshots of her texts from Hyde that reveal the full conversation.
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Okay so if you didn't know Marcus Hyde (now deactivated his instagram) is a photographer with 1 million followers that's known for his nude photoshoots and has shot with people like Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Kendall Jenner. The first two slides are text messages he had with @sunnnaya. Forth slide is his conversation with a different model. And since then a lot of women have come forward explaining what happened to them. Instagram took most of them down but basically, people have been saying he would pressure them to go nude for the shoot then he would touch them without consent during it. He then would ask some of them to go home with him and when they said no, he wouldn't send them their photos. Also people have been saying this for years but it hasn't gotten big until now. He goes after smaller models so they're either too scared or no one believes them. On slide 5 is an account that posts lists of photographers to watch out due to the number of complaints. As you can see, his name Marcus Hyde is there with an * next to it which means he's been reported to them MORE than THREE times. That list was posted in 2018!! The 6th slide is a story that was posted long ago but she never said his name until now due to fear. And it was Marcus Hyde. Last slide is what Ariana Grande had to say. Tags: #feminism #feminists #democrat #republican #racism #sexism #gayrights #womenrights #women #men #youtube #feminist #guncontrol #democrat #gay #republican #donaldtrump #conservative #blacklivesmatter #lgbt #racist #sexist #loveislove #love #bisexual #marcushyde #trump #antifeminism #likeforlike
Hyde requested nude photos from Sunnaya in advance to see if she "was worth it." Without the prospect of nude photos, he said the shoot would cost her $2000, but if she sent them, he would do a shoot for free.
Stars who have worked with Hyde have since been reacting to the news. Ariana Grande took to her Instagram Story to seemingly weigh in without explicitly naming names, saying no one should have to work with a photographer who pressures them into taking off their clothes. She ended her post by citing three photographers with whom she has had positive experiences, and called on others to do the same.
Kim Kardashian, who has also worked with Hyde extensively, wrote her thoughts on the news in her Instagram Story. As reported by Page Six, Kardashian began her message with, “I have been reading all of the messages and stories from women regarding inappropriate and inexcusable behavior of a photographer that I have worked with in the past."
The reality star continued by sticking up for the women wronged by Hyde, concluding with, "We cannot allow this type of behavior to go unnoticed and I applaud those who speak out."
While it's such a heartbreaking situation, it's wonderful to see so many women jumping to support one another.