‘I sold my pics to stock image site for £50 and now I’m the face of bestiality’

Posing for a stock photo may be an easy way to earn some extra cash.

But your photo could end up alongside an article promoting things you would rather not be associated with – from bestiality to having a fetish for old, obese men.

Now models are sharing cautionary tales of how their seemingly innocent photos ended up in the wrong hands.

A Twitter thread went viral this week after two stock models discovered they were being linked to unexpected campaigns.

Marley Bennett was horrified to see his face being used as a warning to male smokers that their addictive habit could lead to impotence.

He tweeted: "With the benefit of hindsight, accepting this job was definitely a mistake."

His hilarious reaction sparked a response from Yair Kivaiko, who was surprised to see his photo on an article about bestiality.

He replied to Marley’s tweet with: "I hear ya. This is me."

The 36-year-old product manager told Sun Online: "It was just a photo I’d taken for fun with my parents’ dogs in their back yard about four or five years ago and I decided to sell it via an app online to make some extra cash.

"I was mortified when I saw it on an article about bestiality.

"It took me a really long time to tell my friends and family what had happened. I would never want to be recognised as "that guy" by people that had read the article."

However, Yair still does not regret selling the photo.

He added: "I love the picture and enjoy seeing it from time-to-time on other ads.

"I could have done without the bestiality story, but it was a minor website and luckily the article is no longer available online today so there’s no real harm done.

"I wasn’t sure how to react at first, but today I look at it as a funny turn of events and laugh about it."

Other people’s stock photos have also randomly turned up on expected articles.

Samantha Ovens’ modelling shots were originally taken for a campaign on cold and flu medication.

However, Samantha, who is gay, was out with her friends when she noticed her face had been used on an article in the Guardian’s anonymous sex cloumn.

The article was titled: "I fantasise about group sex with old, obese men."

The piece, written in first person, explained how a 31-year-old woman struggled with fantasies about being “passed around” by fat, ugly old men.

“The thing that really turns me on is the idea of having to lift their stomachs and search for their penises, which are always difficult to find and a bit on the soft side,” is just one of the graphic lines in the first paragraph which Samantha’s image was next to.

However, the successful model, who usually specialises in portraying mums on shoot, found the whole thing hilarious.

Samantha later told the Guardian: "I was with my partner’s mum [when I first saw it].

"I screeched with laughter and said: ‘Oh. You have to see this.’

“How can you take it seriously? There are bigger things in this life to get concerned about."

Anyone can upload a photo to a stock image database.

Some of the most popular ones include Getty, Shutterstock, Alamy and Adobe.

Models are usually paid a day rate for their photo shoot and then sign away all rights to the images to an agency.

The agency is then free to sell those images anywhere, with the model being unable to stop them being used.

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