Ariana Grande is being accused of allegedly copying some of her performance and music video costumes.
First, RuPaul's Drag Race performer Farrah Moan took to Twitter to share a side-by-side photo of herself in drag and Ariana in her "7 Rings" video, comparing the costumes and accusing the pop star and her team of copying the look. "Ariana should give me a cut of that 10M since her team literally sent a pic of me to the designer and paid them to copy my look from [All Stars 4,]" Farrah wrote. "(Finally met the designer and got told the Tea) I guess stealing from queer artists for profit is fine tho."
The "10M" reference in her tweet could perhaps be referencing the amount of money Ariana and her team filed in a lawsuit against fast fashion retailer Forever 21, who she claims used her likeness to sell accessories that looked very similar to those worn by Ari in the "7 Rings" video, including a beaded tassel headband. The lawsuit claims that the musician and the retailer were in talks to partner, but the deal supposedly fell through and claims Forever 21 used photos of her for an "unauthorized marketing campaign" and hired a model that looks similar to Ariana. Forever 21 told the New York Times that "it disputed the allegations in the lawsuit but could not comment further on pending litigation. The company said that it was a supporter of Grande and had worked with her licensing company over the past two years," and that they hoped they could "find a mutually agreeable resolution and can continue to work together in the future."
The allegation seems to be very similar to what Farrah is accusing Ariana of. The performer continued tweeting about their allegedly similar costumes, writing, "Last thing ima say on this; the main ppl at fault here are her team. If that queen didnt [sic] recreate it, they woulda found someone who would. When ur team makes a mistake, it falls on u. Idc what the lawsuit is really about, her legal team is accusing theft of likeness, image, w/e. But the point is her team also stole. U can attack me all day but it's not gonna change anything. I can admit I was petty with that gif I posted & I'll apologize for that but at the end of the day they did what they did. Idc about suing anyone, just needed to put this out there."
The controversy doesn't end there. Fashion industry watchdog account Diet Prada recently posted what it says are Sweetener mood boards, which the account claims were supplied to them by "multiple designers approached by [Ariana's] team to create costumes" for the tour. "If you've ever needed proof of Ariana Grande's appropriation of black aesthetics (beyond the obvious), it's all here," they wrote. Scrolling through the alleged mood boards shows multiple images of Rihanna and Ciara, as well as bondage-style lingerie created by independent designer Yeha Leung of Creepy Yeha that reportedly look very similar to a red ensemble worn by Ariana during the tour.
Teen Vogue has reached out to Ariana and her team for comment, and will continue to update this story as information becomes available.
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