Celebrity photographer Marcus Hyde was called out on Instagram for bribing young girls to shoot nude with him.
The photographer, who has worked with celebrities including Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian, was outed by model Sunnaya Nash for asking for nudes after he posted on his page that he was looking for models to work with. In a message to Sunnaya, Hyde said that he would work with her for free if she sent nude pics, but if she didn’t, then he would charge $2,000.
Nash posted the conversation and tons of other girls came forward with the same or similar stories about their interactions with Marcus Hyde. Some accused him of briding them, and there were even more damaging claims.
The Instagram account @Diet_Prada also posted the conversation, and from there the allegations took off. @Diet_Prada is known for calling out the fashion industry, and has over a million followers, so many eyes saw these allegations against Hyde in Diet Prada Instagram stories.
Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande both put out statements about the photographer. In her insta story, Kim wrote, “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. 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 women’s right not to be harassed, asked, or presurred to do anything they are not comfortable with. We cannot allow this type of behavior to go unnoticed, and I applaud those who speak out.”
According to E! News, Grande wrote in her Insta story, “dear models/artists in LA/anywhere, I have read some shocking and really heartbreaking stories. i hate that this is a conversation. Please do not shoot with photographers who make you feel uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off it 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 thats f–ked and i’m sorry that has happened to you. i promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.”
Actor Shay Mitchell also posted about Marcus Hyde on her insta story. Hyde’s account has since been deleted.
@Diet_Prada also called out photographer Timur for doing the same thing. His Instagram account is now private.