Ariana Grande issues statement on photographer Marcus Hyde’s alleged misconduct

Grande urged models to “look out for one another” after Marcus Hyde, who has worked with Grande, was accused of bribing models for photo sessions in exchange for nude pictures.

July 23, 2019
Ariana Grande issues statement on photographer Marcus Hyde’s alleged misconduct Ariana Grande at the Billboard Women In Music 2018. December 06, 2018.   Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Billboard

Marcus Hyde, a celebrity photographer who has worked with Ariana Grande, was accused of misconduct this week by a Los Angeles-based model named Sunnaya. In DM screenshots posted to her Instagram account (the platform has since deleted her posts), Sunnaya and Hyde discuss the terms of a photoshoot — Hyde says he will shoot for free if Sunnaya provides him with nude photos and does a nude photoshoot. Otherwise, Hyde says, he charges $2,000 for a clothed photography session.

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On Monday, Grande shared her reaction to the accusations in her Instagram Story. "Dear models/artists in LA/anywhere," she writes, "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."

Read her full statement below via Elle.

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."

Ariana Grande issues statement on photographer Marcus Hyde’s alleged misconduct