Ariana Grande is — we would say infamously — in the process of suing the fast fashion brand Forever 21 for stealing her look. According to Grande, the store reached out for a collaboration, and when she eventually declined, they jacked her swag and swapped her for a lookalike model. She wants $10 million for the lift.
Now Farrah Moan of RuPaul’s Drag Race says she deserves a slice of that pie.
“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 AS4,” Moan wrote to Twitter. The tweet included a side-by-side photo of her entrance look from All Stars 4 and a remarkably similar look of Grande. “(Finally met the designer and got told the Tea) I guess stealing from queer artists for profit is fine tho.”
The looks are remarkably similar, with Grande's look appearing in her "7 Rings" music video. But obviously, fans of the singer have pushed back, with some pointing out that the look is also slightly similar to something Grande had worn before.
The responses (and there are many) prompted the drag star to explain her position.
According to Moan, she initially hired a “queer 18-year-old based out of Louisiana,” to collaborate with her on the look. She did the concept, design, and provided the supplies, while the teen constructed the ensemble. We need you to drop that @ sis!
Grande’s team then hired a drag queen to copy the look, supplying them with a photo of Moan. And apparently they were paid “COIN” for the job, so Moan doesn’t fault them for taking it on.
“Last thing ima say on this,” she wrote (and don’t we love that phrase). “The main ppl at fault here are her team. If that queen didn’t recreate it, they woulda found someone who would.”
“When ur team makes a mistake, it falls on u,” Farrah Moan added. “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.”
Some have argued that the point of the lawsuit is that Grande’s look was simply “inspired” by Moan. It looks like a pretty spot on replica to us but, but who are we to judge? Moan explained away detail variations by saying Grande didn’t have the time to wait for that level of craftsmanship.
According to the drag queen, she also wasn’t initially going to say anything about the incident until the lawsuit. “I wasn’t gonna even say anything or care because I was actually flattered by it and I’ve known for but now it’s kinda getting to me since she’s just racking in millions over it”
Well, maybe you should copy Ariana back and head to the courthouse.