Ariana Grande has filed a suit against Forever 21 for an ad campaign that she claims used her likeness in the ad campaign for its Riley Rose makeup and skincare line, according to Page Six. Grande is seeking $10 million dollars in damages.
Documents obtained by Page Six claim that the company approached Grande to promote the beauty line but didn’t offer enough money. They say that when Grande turned the offer down, Forever 21 hired a model with similar looks to Grande and ripped off her image entirely. The lawsuit alleges that the music video for Grande’s single “7 Rings” was particularly heavily copied.
The suit also alleges that the clothing company shared over 30 posts during January and February of 2019 that either used Grande’s name, lyrics, likeness or music itself to promote its products. They are also accused of re-posting content from Grande’s Instagram.
We’ll see how it shakes out for the retail giant, but Grande’s lawyers seem content to throw shade until their court date. The documents reported on by Page Six throw a little petty fuel on the public fire by claiming that the company was turned down in the first place because their offer for her endorsement was “insufficient for an artist of her stature.” Let’s see if $10 million will do.