Kylie Jenner is coming under fire for copying something — yep, again. This time, Sara Pope, a British contemporary artist, is suing the 19-year-old makeup mogul for copyright infringement and unfair competition. She filed a complaint Tuesday, July 25, in hopes of a taking her case to trial. ICYMI, Jenner is about to come out with her own reality TV show on E! called Life of Kylie, and the promotional imagery looks like a striking doppelgänger for a piece of Pop’s work named Temptation Neon. Pope’s suit is being brought up against NBC Universal, the parent company for the show, too.
Both Pope’s artwork and the Life of Kylie imagery feature a pair of glossy lips outlined with a matching neon light. Besides those obvious elements, both of the lower lips are both being bitten the left side. The lawsuit also points out the paint dripping below the neon lips. (You can read the full official complaint here.) The only true difference between the two is Pope’s is a cherry red and Jenner’s version is a vibrant magenta.
Here is a screenshot of the side-by-side photo that was included in the complaint:
The neon lips appear in this promotional video below.
The complaint also notes that Temptation Neon, which Pope finished creating in October 2015, is one of Pope’s most popular pieces of work and is most true to her artistic style. In fact, the artwork has been “one of the top of Google searches for ‘neon lips’ at least since 2016,” according to the lawsuit. (If you search “neon lips” on Google right now, you’ll see several of Pope’s pieces as the top results.) She also filed for a copyright on the work, and the United States Copyright Office accepted her application in May of this year.
Pope joins the likes of makeup artist Vlada Haggerty and photographer Michael Mitchell with regard to legal battles against Jenner. Last year, Haggerty, also known as @vladamua on Instagram, sued Jenner for copying her signature metallic dripping lip art for a promotional photo for Kylie Cosmetics. The case was eventually settled outside of court, and Jenner had to post an apology on Instagram. Mitchell, on the other hand, took issue with the T-shirts Jenner launched with her sister Kendall as part of their clothing line, Kendall + Kylie. The shirts have photos of Tupac printed on them, which were originally taken by Mitchell.
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Now, watch Vlada Haggerty create black floral lip art: