- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 8:31AM
We all know that Kylie Jenner's makeup line has only gotten stronger with time since it was released. Sales are consistently through the roof.
However, makeup artist Vlada Haggerty is now claiming that Kylie has been “stealing” her ideas in order to promote her cosmetics.
The accusations actually began back in December last year, when Kylie shared this image on her cosmetics Instagram account, leading to speculation that she was releasing a metallic lip kit.
BUT the image was actually posted by Vlada 16 months ago - way before Kylie launched her lip kits. The photo is actually showing the effect of mixing two of Vlada’s products to achieve the metallic look.
Vlada then shared this screenshot of an article suggesting that the image belonged to Kylie Cosmetics, with a caption describing the situation as “insanity”.
When people started to notice that the image wasn't Kylie's, the caption was edited to include “inspo by @vladamua.” Shortly afterwards it was deleted from the page altogether.
At the time, Vlada claimed that no one from Kylie’s team had contacted her before or after the incident, and that the lack of crediting was tantamount to theft. Speaking to Refinery 29, she said:
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.
Now people were more alert to the issue, they started to notice that the logo used on Kylie's lip kits looks a lot like images posted by Vlada...specifically the open mouth dripping with lipstick.
In fact, Vlada first shared an image like this two years ago.
If all this isn't looking suspicious enough, now Kylie has been hit with fresh "copying" claims because of a new image she posted just two days ago. She shared this image on Instagram to promote her new festive collection.
However, the concept looks very similar to this photo, shared by Vlada back in September. Like, VERY similar.
And people were quick to notice the similarity.
And then Vlada shared a side-by-side comparison of the two images on her Instagram, asking, “Haven’t you gotten enough ‘inspiration’ from me already?”
Some people have defended Kylie in all this - suggesting that similarity between images is most likely coincidental.