Not too long ago, Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris by several armed men. They stole a fortune in jewelry and diamonds, leaving her traumatized and without some of her most prized possessions. Kendall Jenner has also been the victim of a robbery. What they went through is terrible, and I'm not trying to make any excuses for that. But while I'm not saying they deserved to be robbed, they're definitely not entirely innocent themselves. As many of you probably know, the famed Kardashian sisters have been caught stealing numerous times themselves. Okay, they weren't breaking down people's doors and shoving shotguns in people's faces, but theft is theft. And the Kardashians have stolen from people
The vast majority of these thefts involve fashion. Simply put, the Kardashians have been ripping off independent fashion designers for years. And they keep getting away with it. They rarely ever own up to it, either, preferring instead to keep silent and pretend it never happened. But those of us familiar with fashion will be there to call these sisters out on their BS every step of the way, with each and every piece they try to sell. It's happened countless times, and it shows no sign of ever stopping.
It seems like their entire "design" process consists of scrolling through the Instagram and Twitter accounts of actual designers, copying designs they like the look of, and then claiming them as their own. The saddest thing about this is that these independent designers just can't compete with the amount of publicity the Kardashians have. So often, this blatant theft of intellectual property goes completely unpunished.
15 Destiney Bleu - Khloe Kardashian Stole Her Ideas
(dbleudazzled on the left, Good American on the right)
The big story right now is that Khloe Kardashian has been stealing ideas from an independent fashion designer called Destiney Bleu. Khloe's in the middle of a battle with them over alleged copyright issues after she started selling a bodysuit that looked suspiciously similar to Destiney's. Now, the independent fashion label is saying she's "lawyered up" and ready to take Khloe on.
In response, Khloe Kardashian's team released the following statement: "Under no circumstances did Good American or Khloé Kardashian infringe on another brand’s intellectual property." They also said they were "going through the proper legal channels to handle the situation." Recently, they even sent Destiney a cease and desist letter.
Explaining her actions, Destiney revealed: "Dazzle is my livelihood. I pay 3 rents, 5 employees & handmake everything. I did it w/no investment or guidance, I'll always fight for this. I didnt speak up for attention or $. Im trying to be a voice for indie designers who are stolen from because its the right thing to do."
14 Marta Goldschmied - Khloe Stole Her Jean Design
(Good American Jeans on the right, Made Gold Jeans on the left)
Another fashion designer who has had her ideas stolen by the one and only Khloe Kardashian is Marta Goldschmied. This independent designer was furious when she saw that a pretty close copy of her jeans were being sold by Khloe's brand, Good American, for $100 cheaper than she was selling them with her brand, Made Gold.
Marta Goldschmied's representative, , released a scathing statement about Khloe ripping off an indie designer: "As someone who works exclusively with young designers and small brands and started a company to support them and give them a chance in this industry, I couldn’t let this go: Khloe Kardashian’s denim line, Good American, dropped a 'new' style called the “Good Legs Lace Up,” and it’s a direct ripoff of the Made Gold Betty jean that my designer has worked so hard to make happen."
She continued, "I know the struggles that my designers have to go through to just make it to the next season, so when I see things like them getting ripped off by major, fully-funded brands, it’s more than irritating. It’s insulting and the fundamental reason why it’s so difficult for young brands to continue and grow...[it is] such a blatant ripoff of a small brand, and hopefully make other brands think twice before trying to make a dime off of an independent designer’s talent."
13 Tizita Balemlay - Kylie Ripped Off Her Entire Line
(PluggedNYC on the right, KylieJennerShop.com on the left)
Kylie Jenner is another girl from the Kardashian sisterhood that has been caught ripping off small designer labels. She recently caused a controversy when she started selling camouflage swimsuits that were nearly identical to a fashion label called PluggedNYC. The CEO, Tizita Balemlay, then revealed that Kylie Jenner had ordered basically her entire line, presumably in order to study the pieces of clothing so she could better copy them.
Kylie Jenner's fans responded with the assertion that PluggedNYC didn't invent camo, to which Tizita replied: "I can't remember one brand that sold matching Camo two-pieces that weren't generic tees with cargo for ladies before my brand, unless it was custom. But hey... money is power smh I started my brand with pennies funny how someone can just take a whole movement bc of how much money and power they have."
Sadly, not much was done about this blatant intellectual theft, as the CEO herself admits: "But at the end of day this will be all blown over tomorrow her sales will continue, I can never have a billboard in the middle of the city. Money is power, they can take a whole movement just bc of prices. Money rules the world if you haven't noticed."
12 Jelena Karleusa - Kim Caught Copying Her Style
If you didn't know who Jelena Karleusa was, don't feel bad. A lot of people in the Western World have no idea who she is or what she does. But I guess that was what Kim Kardashian was counting on when she started to steal her style and present it as her own. While Kim Kardashian doesn't suffer from the same copyright issues that her sisters Khloe and Kylie have been struggling with, she does have a bit of a problem after people have started to point out how similar Kim and Jelena's sense of style is. Jelena Karleusa is one of the most famous pop stars in Serbia, and she's considered the "Lady Gaga of Serbia."
She started to post on social media comments about how Kim was stealing her style, saying that she expected at least a compliment or a comment of respect. There are a lot of pictures of Kim looking very similar to Jelena, to the point where Jelena said that she thinks Kim's teams scrolls through her Instagram to look for style ideas that Kim can wear. Jelena, on the other hand, does not have a stylist, and creates all her outfits all on her own...
11 Black Women Everywhere
I know this is going to be a pretty touchy subject, but you just can't ignore the many voices who have pointed this out. Many people have pointed out that Kim Kardashian and many of her sisters are guilty of appropriating black culture. Let us not forget that for hundreds of years, it was considered "unseemly" and "grotesque" to have a bottom as big as Kim Kardashian's is now. Black women everywhere were made to feel unattractive by their cruel, white, imperialistic overlords for having features like larger bottoms. And not only that - black women were also made to feel inferior because of their lips, which were fuller and more prominent than other races. And now all of a sudden, the Kardashians have presented those features as their own, and now, only when they exhibit these features (with the help of cosmetic procedures, I might add) is it deemed attractive. You can understand why people are saying that's unfair.
One writer, Ashley Reese, probably put it best when she said: "It's weird how people are going to ridiculous measures to get the look that so many Black women–including Black celebrities–have, but only decided to start copy catting when a cute white teenager who happens to be in a famous family started rocking them."
10 Brit Day - Kylie Jenner Stole Her Festival Look
Music festivals like Coachella are becoming huge these days, and girls like Kylie Jenner just can't resist showing up. But this presents a major dilemma. What should one wear? Well, for Kylie Jenner that little problem was easy to solve - she simply copied someone else's look. That fashionista was Brit Day, a New-Zealand born Instagrammer who wore the exact same outfit as Kylie - only she did it 2 weeks earlier. Kylie posted a lot of pics of herself in the sequin underwear set, but made no mention of Brit Day and the obvious inspiration she took from her.
It wasn't just the outfit either. Kylie dyed her hair the exact same color as Brit Day's, and she also put it in identical-looking braids. This prompted the young Instagram star to post a side-by-side picture of her and Kylie, asking the question, "Who wore it better?" Can't these Kardashian girls come up with their own style?
9 Joseline Hernandez - Kim And Kylie Copy Her Style
Joseline Hernandez is another woman who openly accuses the Kardashians of stealing her style. And the similarities are admittedly pretty suspicious. She has a pretty good argument to back up her claims, too:
“She copies me. Kim K copies me, all of them copy me. Because you know why? I’m gonna tell you where the real street style come from. The real street style come from the streets. The girls like me. The girls that don’t have that much money to be able to afford $2,000 boots. Let me tell you something, when I’m in Puerto Rico and in Miami and I was growing up, I didn’t have that much money to wear $12,000 boots. I’m gonna make it work out.”
She continued, “I’m a fashionista. I said it the other day, I don’t really never made the blogs, but all the girls that made the blogs they copy off my stuff. I mean really, all the girls follow me. All the rappers, singers, and all the Instagram girls… they all follow me. This is what they wanna be.” This is one girl who really doesn't want to back down, and openly accuses the Kardashians of stealing her style.
8 Vlada Haggerty - Kylie Stole Her Ideas For Artwork
(Vlada Haggerty's image on the right, Kylie Jenner's image on the left)
It's pretty obvious to see that Kylie went above and beyond even her reputation for stealing other people's intellectual property with this one. Vlada Haggerty is an up-and coming makeup artist, but she doesn't have the luxury of being a big name celebrity like Kylie Jenner. This means that Kylie Jenner apparently feels completely justified in ripping off her artwork and presenting it as her own. And this picture isn't the only example of that. In the past, Kylie has copied similar pieces of Haggerty's artwork for her own campaign images to sell her products. In the end, Kylie Jenner did what she normally does in this situation - she kept silent and waited for the problem to blow over, without actually addressing it.
Haggerty released the following statement in response to this incident: "Crediting artists is essential, but this goes beyond that. It's theft; this is our livelihood...I see these things happen too many times to artists. We are all trying to make it, and this business is extremely competitive. I would ask anyone at this level use the proper channels to obtain images."
7 Selena Gomez - Kylie Jenner Stole Her Boyfriend
Kylie Jenner has always been very close to Justin Bieber, and when he broke up with Selena Gomez, the rumor mill was working overtime. But perhaps the most interesting gossip was that which involved the theory that Kylie had actually stolen Justin Bieber from Selena Gomez and purposely sabotaged their relationship. Some sources reported that the whole reason Selena Gomez broke up with Justin Bieber was because she discovered Kylie and Kendall had both been sending Justin racy pictures.
It also didn't help that Justin Bieber was photographed with Kylie after a Mayweather fight just days after he broke up with Selena Gomez. It seemed like Kylie really wanted to taunt Selena Gomez and publicly show that she had Justin in the palm of her hand. However, the supposed relationship between Kylie and Justin was only ever a rumor, so who knows. One thing's for sure, they continue to be very close even to this day.
6 Shannon Harris - Kylie Ripped Off Her Palette
(Kylie's Palette on the left, Shannon Harris' on the right)
Another entrepreneur who found herself on the receiving end of Kylie Jenner's plagiarizing tactics was Shannon Harris. As you can see, it's pretty obvious that Kylie Jenner took heavy inspiration from Shannon Harris. The box is pretty much identical, and the colors are too, except for the fact that Kylie's palette has one orange color called citrine. That's literally the only difference. It should be pretty obvious by now that Kylie Jenner's business consists of scrolling through Instagram and YouTube, looking for ideas to copy.
But before we get too ahead of ourselves, it's important to point out that Shannon Harris herself wasn't even mad that Kylie had copied her idea. She posted a picture of the two products side by side, and seemed to find it funny more than anything else. She also said she doesn't accuse Kylie of copying, since most palettes look the same anyway. Still, the similarities speak for themselves...
5 Alex Bittar - Kim Stole His Jewelry Designs
(Alex Bittar's designs on the left, Kim Kardashian's on the right)
Kim Kardashian sells all kinds of stuff in her stores, including jewelry. But a fashion designer named Alex Bittar noticed that a pair of Kim's earrings looked suspiciously similar to his. And as you can see for yourself, the resemblance is anything but passing. It seems quite obvious that Kim's team completely ripped off this fashion designer's ideas.
Speaking about the incident, Bittar said, "In the reality TV world, there are so many people coming out with lines to capitalize on their TV shows. They are not designers and they are just stealing. I passed the Dash pop-up store on Broadway, and I saw that Kim's pieces were very similar to mine, and she definitely has been taking note. The tricky thing is that we have sent pieces to Kim in the past to wear, so now I have told my staff we cannot send anything to her. She was definitely influenced by my designs without a doubt."
When asked what he was going to do about it, Bittar, admitted, “I haven’t talked to Kim about it, the truth is she might not even know. She might be so far removed from it (the design process), and her designers just go shopping and knock things off. But we are definitely not lending to Kim any more, she has been barred.”
4 Monica Botkier - Stole Her Handbag Design
(Monica Botkier on the left, Kardashian Kollection on the right)
Another designer the Kardashians have ripped off is Monica Botkier. She designed a handbag called the Clyde bag, which was then copied by the Kardashians and sold at Sears for a much lower price. Monica Botkier is yet another fashion designer who is small, independent, and known for quality over quantity. When the Kardashians copy her designs and make them mass-produced, it's more than insulting. So it wasn't a huge surprise when Botkier's people sent the Kardashian sisters a cease and desist letter, and the handbag was later pulled from online stores.
When she first found out about this, Monica Botkier released the following statement: "Ironically we just discovered below how our Botkier ‘Clyde' was simply copied by Kardashian Kollection for Sears. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery but we don't think so … In a case like this, it's upsetting because it's a trademarked shape for us, and people recognize it by sight. It's a lot more complicated because it's hard for independent designers to do anything against mass retailers or megabrands."
3 Cake Asia - Kylie Ripped Off Their Flame Print
(Cake Asia on the left, Kylie's version on the right)
Another independent designer Kylie Jenner seems to have ripped off is Cake Asia. This brand is famous for their loud flame print sweats. They're also a favorite for celebrities such as the rap group Migos. But it seems like independent designer can easily be crushed under the weight of huge names like Kylie Jenner, who simply copied the design and sold it as her own. A lot of her fans, including big name celebrities, pointed out the obvious similarities. A lot of them made comments like "Cake Asia did it better."
However, it should also be pointed out that Kylie Jenner wasn't the only one ripping off the flame print sweat look. Right around the time this look got popular, all of the big brands like Forever 21 and many others started selling them, albeit at a much lower cost and of lower quality. But this raises an interesting point. Is it "copying" when Kylie Jenner makes similar clothes to brands like Cake Asia? Or is it just following the latest trend? It's a fine line, but I'm pretty sure Kylie crossed it.
2 Jasper Cunningham - Kendall And Kylie Stole His Shirt
(Jasper Cunningham on the left, K+K on the right)
Jasper Cunningham is another independent fashion designer who has felt the sting of having his work ripped off by Kylie and Kendall. In a promotional image for their new clothing line, K+K, Kendall and Kylie Jenner posted a picture of one of their newest outfits. There was only one problem. They didn't actually design the t-shirt. That was the obvious work of Jasper Cunningham, an English fashion designer who had been promoting his simple yet elegant t-shirt with the slogan, "The American Dream 1931" emblazoned on the front. He had been posting pictures of this shirt for two weeks prior to Kylie and Kendall's "sneak peek" photo.
Kylie and Kendall immediately commented that the shirt was not part of the collection. So their claim was that they were only trying to promote the jacket. But this is where it starts to get a little fishy. First of all, if the shirt wasn't part of their collection, why didn't they make that clear? You'd expect them to at least credit the actual designer who made the shirt, so that people didn't come to the conclusion that they were the ones to come up with it. Second, if you look closely, the real t-shirt made by Cunningham has the date "1931" written underneath the word "Dream." Kylie's does not. This raises the possibility that the shirt was in fact just a cheap knock off, and the two sisters were hoping no one would notice.
1 Island Company - Kylie And Kendall Stole Their Logo
(Island Company on the left, Pacsun on the right)
While stealing someone's designs is a pretty big insult, things are taken one step further when it involves the entire logo. This is what happened when Kylie and Kendall saw Island's logo, liked it, and decided to just go ahead and use it on their own products. The logo, which is more of a slogan, is "Quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return." Kylie and Kendall's version, by comparison, is "Run away, fall in love, never return." While it may not seem like that big of a deal, Island Company had a point when they said that the blatant use of their intellectual property would "cause confusion."
Island Company's official statement maintained that the similarities were "likely to cause confusion, mistake and deception among consumers." And then they threatened to sue Kendall and Kylie and Pacsun, the company with which the sisters were working, unless they removed the shirt from their online store.