- Ariana Grande is calling out her former photographer, Marcus Hyde, for offering to shoot a model named Sunnaya Nash for free but only if she gave him nude photos.
- Ariana made a lengthy statement about it on Instagram Stories that basically shaded Marcus.
Update: July 23, 2019, 5:41 pm
Kim Kardashian took to her Instagram Stories to respond to the Marcus Hyde sexual misconduct allegations. Kim says that she personally never had an unprofessional experience with Marcus, and feels saddened to learn about the negative experiences of other women that worked with him. Like Ariana, she also made a lengthy statement addressing the rumors of Marcus' misconduct.
Read Kim's full statement below:
I have been reading all of the messages and stories from women regarding the inexcusable behavior of a photographer that I have worked with in the past. My own experiences have always been professional, and I am deeply shocked, saddened and disappointed to learn that other women have had very different experiences. I stand in full support of every woman's right to not be harassed, asked, or pressured to do anything they are not comfortable with. We cannot allow this type of behavior and I applaud those who speak out.
Imagine for a sec that you’re a model and you want the chance to shoot with someone who’s worked with Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West—all the celebrities you love! Now imagine that this same photographer actually approaches you to do a shoot. Must be your lucky day, right? Well, not if they offer you a free photo shoot and then take it back because you refuse to send them nudes. In 2019, I can’t believe people are still doing messed-up sh*t like this—and neither can Ariana Grande, who unfortunately worked with this guy in the past.
Now, allow me to get you up to speed: The photographer in question is better known as Marcus Hyde, who has worked with Ariana, Kim, Kanye, and more. Yesterday, Marcus was rightfully put on blast by model Sunnaya Nash after he expressed interest in doing a free shoot with her. In their Instagram DMs, Marcus suggests she sends him a nude photo. Sunnaya declines, saying she doesn’t have any nude photos but she wouldn’t be uncomfortable shooting in lingerie or partial nudity. Marcus’s price after Sunnaya declined to send nudes? $2,000. Sunnaya’s satisfaction knowing she successfully sidestepped a really gross situation? Priceless.
If it sounds unbelievable, there are receipts to prove this all went down. Sunnaya took screenshots of their entire exchange and flagged Marcus on her Instagram Story. You can see their exchange in full here, since Instagram inexplicably deleted her original post:
Ariana, naturally, had a lot to say about this and made her own post about it on Instagram Stories. Although she didn’t specifically name Marcus or Sunnaya, it’s preeetty obvious who/what she’s talking about.
Can’t read the tiny text? (Neither can I, if I’m honest.) Read Ari’s statement in full below to get alllll the tea:
“I have just read some shocking and really heartbreaking stories. I hate that this is a conversation but please do not shoot with photographers who make you uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off if you don’t want to. If you want to, sick. But if you don’t, please don’t. If they tell you you have to pay more money if you’re clothed, that’s fucked and I’m sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.
“I hate hearing about things like this. I am sorry that that was anybody’s experience and know that it doesn’t have to be.
“Look out for one another. Tag your friends on posts of other photographers [whose] work you like and have had positive experiences with, and help each other get connected.”
Kim and Kanye have remained silent about the situation, but that’s probably because they’re hella tight with Marcus. They donated $25,000 to him after he got into a car crash once and attended one of Marcus’s book launches, so who knows if they’ll say anything publicly. As for Marcus, he’s since been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple other women, deleted his Instagram, and is getting exposed for how he's acted. Ain’t karma a b*tch?
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