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A photographer has accused Pip Edwards of staging paparazzi photos, sharing messages from the star where she told him when and where she’ll be out for a walk so he could get a ‘clean shot’.

Leaked Instagram messages show the P.E Nation founder, 42, inviting the Sydney paparazzo to photograph her outside her office in the eastern suburbs back in July.

She had previously messaged the same photographer joking that he made her look ‘wide’, ‘short’ and ‘stumpy’.

‘Come back to my office and get a better pic. No seriously, come on. I want to give you better one,’ she wrote to the snapper.

A Sydney photographer has accused Pip Edwards (pictured) of staging paparazzi photos

A Sydney photographer has accused Pip Edwards (pictured) of staging paparazzi photos 

‘If you want me to, I’ll come back. You’re the boss,’ the paparazzo replied, to which Pip wrote back: ‘It’s a two-way street! It’s gotta work out for me too.’ 

In another message, the Bondi-based fashion designer told the photographer she would soon be going for a walk and promised him a ‘clean shot’.

Further screenshots show Pip complaining she looks ‘wide’ and ‘short and stumpy’ in paparazzi photos in a message sent to the same paparazzo on another occasion back in October 2021. 

The activewear designer was referring to pictures of her going for a stroll around Rose Bay with her then on/off boyfriend, Michael Clarke, which were actually taken by another photographer.

She then suggested he take better ones from a ‘different angle’.

Leaked Instagram messages appear to show the P.E Nation founder, 42, inviting the paparazzo to photograph her outside her office in the eastern suburbs back in July 

In another message, the Bondi-based fashion designer told the photographer she would soon be going for a walk and promised him a 'clean shot'

In another message, the Bondi-based fashion designer told the photographer she would soon be going for a walk and promised him a ‘clean shot’ 

‘Dude, I like you, but you gotta make me not look so wide lol,’ Pip wrote.

‘How come [in] the other photographers’ pics I look normal and here I look short and stumpy and wide lol. C’mon. Maybe try a new angle please hahaha.’

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She then contacted the photographer just weeks later on November 28, asking him for ‘a favour’ – to take paparazzi photos of her ‘mates’, TV host Darren McMullen and DJ Milly Gattegno, in Bondi Beach.

She asked the snapper to cover McMullen’s Celebrity Apprentice stunt, where he was dressed as a carrot to stage a pop-up marketing campaign for Subway, in the area. 

Further screenshots show Pip complaining she looks ‘wide’ and ‘short and stumpy’ in paparazzi photos in a message sent to the same paparazzo on another occasion back in October 2021. She was referring to pictures of her going for a stroll around Rose Bay with her then on/off boyfriend, Michael Clarke

‘Hey !!! Now I wanna ask a favour for my mates Milly and Darren lol,’ she wrote.

‘Darren is doing a celeb apprentice stunt outside Bondi public bar at 3.30 dressed as a carrot.

‘Can you just cover it for me lol. Darren needs some press.’

Pip was papped on the same day smiling and enjoying food with McMullen and Gattegno outside Japanese eatery Raw Bar, just metres up the road. 

When contacted by Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday, Pip insisted she has never set up a staged paparazzi set and the paparazzo is leaking the texts in retaliation, after he took pictures of her on Monday while she was at a photoshoot and was told to leave. 

She then contacted the photographer just weeks later on November 28, asking him for 'a favour' - to take paparazzi photos of her 'mates' TV host Darren McMullen and DJ Milly Gattegno in Bondi Beach

She then contacted the photographer just weeks later on November 28, asking him for ‘a favour’ – to take paparazzi photos of her ‘mates’ TV host Darren McMullen and DJ Milly Gattegno in Bondi Beach 

She asked the snapper to cover McMullen's Celebrity Apprentice stunt, where he was dressed as a carrot to stage a pop-up marketing campaign for Subway, in the area

She asked the snapper to cover McMullen’s Celebrity Apprentice stunt, where he was dressed as a carrot to stage a pop-up marketing campaign for Subway, in the area 

Pip responds to leaked message exchange with paparazzo

‘I want to set the record straight. I get stalked daily, weekly with paps outside my own house and my office,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Yesterday one of your paps was trespassing on private property, and the manager of the property kicked him off as it was illegal for him to be inside the perimeter. Because of this, (he) has released a screenshot of a particular exchange, that is out of context.

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‘(He) constantly stalks me to the point of being pointless, he harasses me asking me where I am going to be, and I never reply. And the one time I know he took an awful photo of me, I responded to him and said “at least get a good photo if you are going to get one”

‘Me, like many others are over the consistent harassment of being followed that then, those pointless photos get used to create false headlines for clickbait, at my expense. This kind of false journalism has to stop. This harassment has to stop.’ 

‘I really do hope you take into consideration my truth because I no longer refuse to be reportedly or incorrectly or falsely. I have never ever set up any photo and in fact wish photos were never ever taken.

‘The existence of paps have actually damaged my self-esteem and are intrusion of our right to privacy. I understand the role they play, but in this particular instance they have gone way too far and it is an outright lie.

‘Thanks for listening to me.’ x

 

‘I want to set the record straight. I get stalked daily, weekly with paps outside my own house and my office,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Yesterday one of your paps was trespassing on private property and the manager of the property kicked him off as it was illegal for him to be inside the perimeter. Because of this, (he) has released a screenshot of a particular exchange, that is out of context.

‘(He) constantly stalks me to the point of being pointless, he harasses me asking me where I am going to be, and I never reply. And the one time I know he took an awful photo of me, I responded to him and said “at least get a good photo if you are going to get one.”

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‘Me, like many others are over the consistent harassment of being followed that then, those pointless photos get used to create false headlines for clickbait, at my expense. This kind of false journalism has to stop. This harassment has to stop.’ 

She said having her picture taken by the paparazzi has damaged her self-esteem and she wished to be no longer photographed at all.  

‘I really do hope you take into consideration my truth because I no longer refuse to be reportedly or incorrectly or falsely. I have never ever set up any photo and in fact wish photos were never ever taken,’ she said. 

‘The existence of paps have actually damaged my self-esteem and are intrusion of our right to privacy. I understand the role they play, but in this particular instance they have gone way too far and it is an outright lie.’

When contacted by Daily Mail Australia, Pip insisted she has never set up a staged paparazzi set and the paparazzo is leaking the texts in retaliation after he took pictures of her on Monday while she was at a photoshoot and was told to leave

When contacted by Daily Mail Australia, Pip insisted she has never set up a staged paparazzi set and the paparazzo is leaking the texts in retaliation after he took pictures of her on Monday while she was at a photoshoot and was told to leave 

The paparazzo, who asked to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia it is common practice for reality stars and celebrities to stage ‘candid’ photographs to keep themselves in the headlines.

‘Everyone does it. Everyone in reality TV from MAFS to The Bachelor does it. I’ve done set-ups with a lot of people,’ he said.

‘You even have some A-list celebrities like Kim Kardashian do it to try and control their narrative in the media.’

The photographer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia it is common practice for reality stars and celebrities to stage 'candid' photographs to keep themselves in the headlines. (Pictured: a paparazzi photo of Pip and her ex Michael Clarke on July 17, 2020)

The photographer, who asked to remain anonymous, told Daily Mail Australia it is common practice for reality stars and celebrities to stage ‘candid’ photographs to keep themselves in the headlines. (Pictured: a paparazzi photo of Pip and her ex Michael Clarke on July 17, 2020)

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