A paparazzo is upset he can’t share his revealing shots of Victoria’s Secret Angel Martha Hunt with the world.
On November 3, Christopher Peterson — a celebrity photographer who regularly documents the models’ comings and goings — captured an accidental semi-nude shot of Hunt following her second fitting for the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
As Hunt, 29, stepped into a waiting car with fellow model Elsa Hosk, the wind caught the edge of her green wrap dress, blowing it up to reveal her bare backside.
On Sunday, Peterson published a cropped version of the photo in which Hunt’s lower back and raised skirt are still visible, opining in the caption about the hypocrisy of a lingerie model threatening legal action over semi-nude photographs.
“Martha Hunt had a Marilyn Monroe moment after her Victoria’s Secret fitting the other day, but her agency threatened to sue if I released the photos for, get this, ‘invasion of privacy’ and ‘damaging her reputation,’” the photographer wrote on Instagram.
“I find this laughable considering she’a lingerie model and was standing on Broadway outside the Victoria’s Secret headquarters. Nobody has a right to privacy standing on a public street; it went all the way to the New York Supreme Court. A model whose body of work is based on posing in lingerie is not damaged by revealing exactly what’s in her published work. Google Martha Hunt and lingerie and let me know if you see her derriere. Corporate bullying is anti-Democratic. I’ll leave it that [sic].”
When a commenter pointed out that a woman has the right to choose when and where she wants to show her body, the photographer wrote, “I disagree. A public figure does not have a right to decide what’s news in public space.”
Peterson deleted the Instagram post shortly after.
IMG, the modeling agency that represents Hunt, has not threatened the photographer with legal action, but Hunt still reserves the right to take action for invasion of privacy and harm done to her reputation.
Peterson is a freelancer working for Splash News, but the photo agency appears to have declined to publish and sell these particular photos as they are not on the site. Other images he took of her leaving the Victoria’s Secret headquarters are currently available for purchase.
When reached for comment, the photographer responded with a copy-and-paste Wikipedia summary of the Nussenzweig v. diCorcia decision by the New York Supreme Court, which states “that a photographer could display, publish, and sell street photography without the consent of the subjects of those photographs.”
IMG had no comment on the matter.
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