Kylie Jenner’s beauty operation should be bracing for a lawsuit.
Makeup artist Vlada Haggerty has publicly alleged that Jenner’s makeup operation ripped off her creative endeavors, and now has confirmed, via e-mail, that a lawsuit is in the works. When asked, via e-mail, if reports that said Haggerty would sue were accurate, she replied, “yes, they are accurate.” Haggerty declined to comment further, and her lawyer was not immediately available for comment.
Photographer Julia Kuzmenko shot the image in dispute — a model with glossy, red ombré lips and shiny gold fingertips covering her eyes — that debuted on Instagram in September. Kylie Cosmetics also posted an image on the platform featuring a model sporting a matte ombré lip with bronzed fingers covering her eyes.
Haggerty took to Instagram to voice her disapproval with the image, writing “Really @kyliecosmetics? Haven’t you gotten enough ‘inspiration’ from me already?” Kuzmenko posted a blog post in response, saying that the original Sept. 17 photoshoot was inspired by a “See No Evil. Hear No Evil. Speak No Evil” concept that went live on her Instagram feed Sept. 23.
This isn’t the first public fight between Haggerty and Kylie Cosmetics. Shortly after Jenner’s product debut in 2015, the brand revealed an image of lips dripping in gloss — a theme in Haggerty’s portfolio of work.
“Vlada Haggerty is a Los Angeles makeup artist who is known for pioneering the dripping lip art style. This is the second time that Kylie Cosmetics has taken one of [her] images without any acknowledgement and without the payment of a proper licensing fee, which is copyright infringement. Additionally, Kylie Cosmetics sells its products under a logo that is so similar to the dripping lip art style that symbolizes Ms. Haggerty’s makeup artist brand that she receives daily inquires as to whether she is associated with Kylie Cosmetics,” said Stephen McArthur of the McArthur Law Firm, who is representing the makeup artist. “Theft by big brands like Kylie Cosmetics from original artists without proper licensing and attribution must stop. Due to Kylie Cosmetics’ repeated infringement and refusal to properly attribute or license, we plan to file a lawsuit early this week.”
Representatives for Jenner did not respond to requests for comment by press time.
Apart from the beauty dispute, Jenner has been at work in fashion and accessories. Jenner teamed with older sister Kendall — a face for major beauty brand Estée Lauder — in order to launch Kendall + Kylie, a line of contemporary apparel that launched in 2015 at retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. The duo is set to follow that up with an eyewear range that will retail from $145 to $220 at Nordstrom starting in February. The collection includes mostly acetate frames, and comes with specialty lens colors like rose gold. Its introduction adds to Kendall + Kylie’s already robust repertoire of ready-to-wear, shoes and handbags.