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KKW Tells Designers Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Having suddenly developed a conscience, Kim Kardashian West is concerned about the integrity of fashion designers who duplicate styles from iconic designers. How drôle!

Pot, meet Kettle.

It’s funny, in a cosmic sort of way. A woman who has developed her brand by co-opting Black culture wants to hold companies accountable for employing a tactic she and her siblings have used for nearly a decade. Last night, Kim Kardashian West expressed her disappointment with fast fashion companies. Taking aim at online retailers like FashionNova, who quickly replicate high fashion styles for affordable prices, Kim said she was devastated. Angry that true designers could be ripped off so easily, Kim claims this could complicate business relationships with various fashion houses.

The designs in question are a slinky, black dress designed by Thierry Mugler and a gold look that Kanye commissioned for a Miami trip last summer. Within just three hours of posting the gold dress on February 8th, Missguided had it posted on their Instagram. The image is currently removed from their feed but the caption read as follows:

“The devil works hard but Missguided works harder @kimkardashian you’ve only got a few days before this drops online”

“I can no longer sit silent”

Kim had not publicly commented on Missguided’s appropriation of her ensemble. After FashionNova released images of the Mugler duplicate, she was dismayed. This led her to release a statement in the form of several tweets, which she posted to Instagram as well.

“It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat, and tears of true designers who have put their all into their original ideas. I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent.”

Columbused

It’s interesting to note that while she is championing for the intellectual works of luxury brands, she stood by as several seasons of her husband’s designs were sold as counterfeits and off-label copies. In the past, Kim Kardashian West and her siblings, excluding Kourtney, were accused of exploiting the complexities of fashion design copyright, for which there were little protections until late 2015. This makes her sudden enlightenment on ownership of intellectual property laughable for those of us who recall the many instances things looked all too familiar in Kardashian/Jenner storefronts.

“I often plan for weeks”

Hoping to salvage her relationships with luxury designers, Kim continued:

Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site – but it’s not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet. This is a way to get people to sign up for their mailing list and make people believe there is some kind of relationship between me and this fashion site. There is not.

This segment of her claims is complicated by screenshots captured by Instagram fashion blogger Diet Prada. The user alleges that not only did Kim Kardashian West conspire with FashionNova, they had photos of the design ready for their website 4 days prior to Kim’s original post. Still, Kim went on with her crusade to guard high fashion designs from us poors.

My relationships with designers are very important to me. It’s taken me over a decade to build them and I have a huge amount of respect for the amount of work that they put into bringing their ideas to life. I often plan for weeks, sometimes months, and even a year in advance, and I’m grateful for every fashion moment those designers and their dresses have helped me create. So, as always, don’t believe everything you read and see online. I don’t have any relationships with these sites. I’m not leaking my looks to anyone, and I don’t support what these companies are doing.”

You Only Care When It Hurts You

When Khloe allegedly copied the designs of Destiney Bleu by ordering one of every item from her “DBleudazzled” collection, Kim was remarkably silent.

Original DBleudazzled and Khloe Kardashian

Kim was nowhere to be found when Kylie supposedly copied the imagery of lip artist Vlada Haggerty and camo designs of PLUGGEDNYC.

Original Vlada Haggerty (pink) and Kylie’s Knockoff Design (gold)

How could we forget the time Kylie and Kendall used the likenesses of deceased rappers and rockers for those disrespectfully tacky t-shirts?

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the times Kim columbused her way through an industry. She caught fire for mimicking the recognizable Jean Paul Gautier bottle for her KKW Body fragrance. Kim worked to save face after rumors she and Kanye duplicated kid’s wear from Comme des Garcons and Vetements. The entire Kardashian-Jenner clan stood accused of stealing a whole concept from Lip Lace jeweler, Tanaya Henry.

On behalf of these silenced indie designers, please miss us with your self-righteous indignation. If you turned a blind eye to it when you and your family stood to profit from the efforts of underground artists, designers, and creatives, don’t cry now that you’re losing the game you paid to play.

It was not intentional

In response to Kim Kardashian West’s statements, FashionNova issued a response to Glamour. A representative for the online fashion store said:

“We respect the fashion community and work with a variety of vendors, designers, influencers, and celebrities to keep our style offering fresh and relevant. Kim Kardashian West is one of the top fashion icons in the world that our customers draw inspiration from. However, we have not worked with Kim Kardashian West directly on any of her projects but have been driven by her influential style.

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Ruth E Carter Starts Women’s Empowerment Challenge

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With their favorite women’s empowerment song playing in the background, some of our favorite celebs have hopped on a hashtag to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Started by Oscar winner Ruth E Carter, our faves have called their closest gal pals to strut their stuff in the name of strength and unity. Celebrating one another through dance, Mrs. Carter’s hope is that the world will realize when women unite anything is possible.

Each group passes the challenge on to another group of women who inspires them. So far, Gabrielle Union, Halle Berry, and Angela Bassett have joined the tag. Can’t wait to see who else steps up!

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“She’s broke!” Eva Marcille’s Bitter Bridesmaid Spills Tea to Marlo Hampton

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Eva The Diva and her cousin, Terrell Mullin, have been on the defensive since the latest episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta aired. The recently wed winner of the third cycle of America’s Next Top Model has been slandered by her own bridesmaid, Seannita Parmer.

Parmer confided in Marlo Hampton with the juicy details of Eva’s financials, alleging that she and her husband, Atlanta attorney Michael Sterling, are struggling. Marlo says that Seannita called her, introduced herself, and then dropped the motherlode of receipts. But according to Marlo, we haven’t even heard it all.

No Money, Mo’ Problems

Sitting with NeNe Leakes and discussing the beautiful ceremony, for which The Sterlings spared no expense, Marlo said, “They probably did not, but they should have.” Running down a segment of their financial woes, Marlo said the streets told her Eva is paying for everything, they’re living in a rented home, and they are facing eviction! She also spilled tea regarding several unpaid bills and alluded to them allegedly using a backhanded method to obtain a vehicle.

Furious that Seannita would betray his cousin, established Makeup Artist Terrell Mullin spilled some of her tea in return. Mullin claims that Seannita Parmer went on her own broke and homeless tour that lasted two years. Crashing on Eva Marcille’s couch, Parmer allegedly stayed rent free at her Los Angeles home. Outraged, Eva chimed in, leaving a comment calling her “just trash.”

However, Seannita came back with a rebuttal, stating she “slept in the 3rd bedroom to help take care of her daughter.” Not only did she still own a home during this time, Seannita says the “5 bedroom house with an elevator she used to film RHOA in and also the house her and her husband lived in was rented by my family as well.” She then said Eva Marcille ran up the utilities on the property in a senior citizen’s name and they haven’t paid them yet. Seannita Parmer says her family is filing suit today.

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So because I bring info to the group I’m messy, unhappy & jealous, PLEASE! I stated what the streets was saying, just like these girls have done to me for the last 6 years, however this tea came with RECEIPTS, so why would I not bring it to her Big Sis who could let her know her business was being spread by her supposed best friends & bridesmaids. Even some of her so called new friends were giggling when they heard the tea, but so concerned when spilling it to her 👀. … And to show y’all how messy I’M NOT, I didn’t even share all the documentation/proof I was given. I’ve endured so many nasty LIES about me in this group of women, I date old white men, I’m a prostitute, NO — What I am is a single woman that dates men that I’m attracted to of any color! I came on RHOA with a Black Man, Charles Grant, I was the breadwinner in the relationship 😉 the white billionaire they love to mention was my boyfriend for over 4 years, he courted me for 6 months while I ran my store the Red Carpet Boutique, we were in love, it didn’t work out, he broke my heart. … Please give me a receipt, a picture, a screen shot of me being a Ho, Prostitute, Escort… I’ve been waiting for 6 years, seriously, show it! I’m a #FactStater, I say what they’re thinking and do what I want. Is my delivery the best, No, I’m working on that, but it’s always truthful & without malice. …. Having a husband & family is important to me, but I grew up without a father and half of a mother, I know how to survive. I take care of me, I’ve survived this far & doing damn good. I’ll take that step, when the time is right, for the right reasons. … Not because society says so, not because it’s the trend & definitely not because a group of bored, bitter women with washed up careers think I should because they are threatened by a confident, sexy, educated, hard working & fashionable Single Woman… #Periodt And don’t get it twisted I don’t date broke, go purchase one of my t shirts if you feel me, 10% now using code “FactStater” never jealous of a 🍑 cause the 💰is secured, half the work, double the pay, winning 🤷🏽‍♀️.

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Because Marlo Hampton was the one to spill the tea, she’s been catching all the heat. In a long Instagram caption, Marlo defended herself against the many rumors that she’s just a messy escort. She ended her rant with “never jealous of a peach cause the bag is secured, half the work, double the pay, winning.”

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Andrea Kelly Joins Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta Cast

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The latest preview for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta’ was released and featured Andrea Kelly, R. Kelly’s ex-wife. Saying, “I don’t know what it’s like to be R. Kelly’s child. I only know what it’s like to be his ex-wife,” viewers can expect to hear more from the dancer-choreographer.

Little is known about Andrea Kelly, but that could soon change. The dancer-choreographer has recently joined the cast of Growing up Hip Hip: Atlanta and it appears she will sit down to speak her truth. There’s no telling what details could emerge.

Andrea was featured in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, where she recalled the abuses she suffered as well as what led her to leave. Prior to the premiere of the six-part series, Andrea sat with the women of The View and shared details of abusive encounters with R. Kelly. During this interview, Andrea says she was inspired to come forward because she watched an interview where another woman described events that were parallel to what she experienced. Hoping to bring validity to the other survivors’ accounts, Andrea stepped forward to speak her truth.

It isn’t clear what role Andrea will play in Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, but domestic violence looks to be a topic for the upcoming season. Recently, Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Moss and his ex girlfriend, Kiyomi Leslie, were involved in an altercation where Bow Wow sustained several injuries. Although video evidence showed Bow Wow to be the aggressor by instigating the fight in a hotel elevator, further details court proceedings related to their fight have yet to emerge. Still, the trailer features Da Brat chastising Bow Wow for his actions and reminding him of the lasting consequences of domestic violence.

Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta returns Summer 2019. Will you be watching?

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