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Photographer Marcus Hyde, who has worked with such celebrities as Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande, has been the subject of several allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of an Instagram post by a model claiming he attempted to bribe her with a free photoshoot in exchange for nude photos of herself.
LA-based model Sunnaya Nash responded to Hyde's model call on Instagram, where he posted a photograph of a model in a wet, transparent bodysuit, with the words "who wants to shoot" written across it. Nash claims that when she messaged him about modeling, he asked for nude photos of her. In screenshots of direct messages Nash shared on her Instagram, Hyde is seen asking her for nude photos. Nash tells Hyde that she is comfortable shooting "lingerie and partial nudity," to which he replies that the price will be $2,000 unless she direct messages nude photos to him. Even after Nash agrees to shoot nude with Hyde, he still demands the price of $2000 unless she supplies him with nude photos beforehand. His reasoning behind the trade: "gotta see if your [sic] worth it." When Nash made it clear that she was not going to message Hyde nude photos of herself, he replied that he would just "keep shooting celebs."
Nash eventually posted the screenshots of the conversation to her Instagram and tagged Hyde's account, which led him to DM her a sexually derogatory message. Hyde has since deactivated his Instagram account.
Instagram eventually removed the story from Nash's page, citing its guidelines against bullying and harassment. (The original post by Hyde, as well as screenshots from Nash's post, can be viewed at the fashion Instagram blog @diet_prada.)
Nash took her post over to Twitter, where she shared screenshots from several women who messaged her about similar experiences they'd had with Hyde. One even accused him of sexually assaulting her. The common thread here is that most of these women blamed themselves at the time, feeling like they had somehow led him on, or, as new models, they believed this was how the industry worked.
Ariana Grande, who has worked with Hyde in the past, took to her Instagram stories yesterday to urge women not to work with any photographers who make them feel uncomfortable or demand more money for non-nude photos. She also urged her fans to shout out the great photographers out there who were respectful and provided positive experiences.
A quick search for Marcus Hyde on Twitter brings up tweet after tweet mentioning his name and the allegations. Although most are against Hyde, some of these tweets point out that Nash was indeed willing to pose nude for him, and one expresses confusion: "nude photographer gets in trouble for asking to see nudes."
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