Speaking out. Ariana Grande posted a message about working with photographers who you trust amid the Marcus Hyde allegations. “Dear models/artists in L.A./anywhere,” the 26-year-old began her statement on her Instagram Stories on Monday, July 22. “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 f—ked, and I’m sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.”
The “7 Rings” crooner added, “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.”
The Florida native ended the statement with some helpful advice. “Look out for one another. Tag your friends on posts of other photographers who’s work you like and have had positive experiences with and help each other get connected,” she said. Then, Ari gave a sweet shout-out to her photographers who she really values. “Love working with you guys so much @alfredoflores @allthingsmean @photokohli.”
On Sunday, July 20, Los Angeles-based model Sunnaya shared screenshots of her alleged direct messages with Marcus, 34 — who has worked with Ariana, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper and more. She claimed that she reached out to him via direct message on Instagram after he posted an ad looking for models.
During their alleged conversation, Sunnaya claimed that if she posed nude, then he would do the photo shoot for free. However, when she declined, he allegedly responded, “It’s 2K then. Gotta see if you’re worth it.”
It also appears that Marcus has deleted his Instagram account since the allegations surfaced.
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