Pablo Picasso once famously said that “good artists copy; great artists steal,” but lately it feels like celebrities are taking that advice a little too literally. It seems over the past few years, accusations of copying, outright stealing, and plagiarism have been on the rise. With many celebrities, from Kylie Jenner to Beyoncé, peddling wares from their own clothing and beauty lines, it was bound to happen eventually.
Legally, copying a design from another designer isn’t a crime. It’s hard to trademark fashion, as literally everything has been done before. However, it is a little shameless and just a crappy thing to do to a struggling indie designer who doesn’t have the amount of publicity or money as, say, Kanye West.
Below, a few examples of celebrities shamelessly copying from other brands.