The Designer Kanye West Allegedly Ripped Off For His Yeezy Campaign Speaks Out
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 13, 2018
...But not everyone was loving the rapper's stripped back aesthetic.
Fashion watchdog Instagram account @DietPrada called out Ye for ripping off artist Rita Minissi, whose 2015 photograph series "bears a striking similarity."
"It's pretty messed up when you consider the original work by Rita Minissi explores identity and was inspired by dealing with personal trauma and a resulting desire to reconnect with her own body," they captioned a pic comparing the photos.
"Will Kanye own up to it this time, or will he be blaming others like he did with the Tony Spackman sketch not so long ago?" they added.
Another day, another Kanye rip. The just released Yeezy Season 6 campaign lensed by @elirusselllinnetz bears a striking similarity to this 2015 series by @thingspowerthemselves . It’s pretty messed up when you consider the original work by Rita Minissi explores identity and was inspired by dealing with personal trauma and a resulting desire to reconnect with her own body. Will Kanye own up to it this time, or will he be blaming others like he did with the Tony Spackman sketch not so long ago? Lol • #yeezy #kanye #kanyewest #ritaminissi #art #photography #model #pose #neutrals #sneakers #hypebeast #hypebae #snobshots #athleisure #leggings #bikeshorts #sweats #sweatshirt #wiwt #ootd #dietprada
Rita Minissi has finally spoken out about the allegations, telling Refinery29 that it says more about the state of industry than anything else:
"Although I am deeply distressed by this exploitation, the greater issue here is that a large corporate entity is profiting off of years of labour from a self-funded artist by turning something cathartic into capital; attempting to steal the truth of an individual without consequences.This is not an isolated instance, to the corporate entity in question or to the industry as a whole," she said.
Rita also said that if she had been contacted by Kanye's team, she would have happily collaborated, and that since the incident, she has experienced online harassment from the rapper's fans.
“I am an intensely private person excessively outside of my comfort zone right now,” she said.
“A painful personal trauma is defining my identity in news media, while I receive hateful messages from strangers when I’ve done nothing wrong and never desired to be at the center of a public spectacle. Undoubtedly, this situation is not solely significant to me and my story, but to all other artists/creatives who have endured a similar ethical offense.”
No word from Yeezy on the allegations, but we are seriously hoping the plagiarism ends here.
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