Yesterday, celebrity photographer Marcus Hyde was accused of predatory behavior toward models. As Diet Prada originally reported, a Los Angeles model and interior design student named Sunnaya responded to Hyde's Instagram Story where he asked if anyone wanted to shoot with him. She shared screenshots of his alleged DMs to her, where he suggested he would not charge her if she shot nude with him and sent him nude photos beforehand, but would charge he if she didn't.
Hyde has photographed celebrities like Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian before. Grande responded in her Instagram Story to the scandal after she learned about the story. She did not call out Hyde explicitly but shared how upset she was about the situation and asked people to "look out for one another." She wrote:
Dear models/artists in LA/anywhere,
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 off our 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 who’s [sic] work you like and have had positive experiences with and help each other get connected.
Love working with you guys so much @alfredoflores, @allthingsmean, @photokohli."
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