Kim Kardashian is suing fast-fashion brand Missguided for $10 million after the company ripped off her outfit mere hours after she posted it on Instagram
- Kim Kardashian West is suing Missguided and seeking $10 million in damages after the fast-fashion brand replicated the image of an outfit she posted on Instagram.
- "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing," the complaint reads.
- In addition to a recent Instagram knockoff, the complaint cites other posts and images on Missguided's website as part of its argument that the brand is unlawfully using the reality star's name and likeness to sell clothes.
Kim Kardashian West is going after Missguided as the reality star and fashion icon attacks fast-fashion knockoffs.
On Wednesday, Kardashian West and her corporation, Kimsaprincess Inc., filed a lawsuit against Missguided in the US District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that the fast-fashion brand's "unlawful misappropriation" of Kardashian West's persona is central to its marketing and sales strategy."Like other 'fast fashion' companies, Missguided ... has become notorious for 'knocking off' the clothing worn by celebrities like Kardashian," the complaint reads.
"But Missguided does not merely replicate the looks of these celebrities as seen on red carpets, in paparazzi photos, and in social media posts," it continues. "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing."
The complaint claims that Missguided's unauthorized use of Kardashian West's trademarked name and likeness is illegal. Kardashian West is seeking $10 million in damages.
The lawsuit stems from an incident related to a now-deleted Instagram post that Missguided shared earlier in February. Hours after Kardashian West posted a photo of herself in a golden outfit, Missguided posted a photo of an outfit that appeared to be a direct knockoff of the look.
"The devil works hard but Missguided works harder," Missguided captioned the now-deleted Instagram post.Read more: Kim Kardashian asked fast-fashion brands not to knock off her outfit, but one was promoting its rip-off in a now deleted Instagram post less than 3 hours later
In the court filing, Kardashian West lists a number of other times that her image or name has been used by Missguided in social media posts and on its website without her permission.
The complaint cites a section of the site called "Crushin' on Kim K.," which features an option to "Shop Kim K." As of Friday, clicking the "Shop Kim K." button directs shoppers to a page with the message: "sorry, we can't find the page you're looking for."
The complaint also lists instances in which Kardashian West's photos have been featured on Missguided's Instagram page, including a meme that includes a photo of Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West.
A recent conspiracy theory that Kardashian West is in cahoots with Missguided and other fast-fashion brands is also included in the complaint.
"Missguided has so systematically misappropriated Kardashian's name and likeness that the consuming public is likely to and has come to the mistaken conclusion that she is affiliated with Missguided and is working hand in hand with the company to create 'fast fashion' versions of her clothing," the complaint states.
While the complaint is centered on Missguided, the conspiracy has linked Kardashian West to other fast-fashion brands as well. Earlier this week, a Fashion Nova knockoff of a vintage gown Kardashian West wore over the weekend sparked questions.Read more: Kim Kardashian shoots down a conspiracy that she is in cahoots with Fashion Nova after the fast-fashion brand debuted a knockoff of her vintage gown
"Missguided shoppers know the score - We're about the look, without the celeb bucks," the company said in a statement to Business Insider. "For the record, as much as we love her style, we're not working with Kim on anything."
Representatives for Kardashian West did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.
Fashion does not have the same level of protection as things such as art, literature, and film, Christiane Campbell, a partner at the Duane Morris law firm, previously told Business Insider. This allows fast-fashion brands such as Fashion Nova, Zara, and Forever 21 to quickly churn out similar, less-expensive items.
However, in this case, it is not a fashion designer who is pursuing legal action. Instead, Kardashian West is citing laws related to her own rights of publicity and the Kim Kardashian West trademark.