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Lingua Franca Called Out For "Stealing" This Woman's Words

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Samirah Raheem says she didn't consent to her words being used

Samirah Raheem, a model who went viral for a video taken of her at SlutWalk saying that her "body is not a political playground," called out trendy brand Lingua Franca for "stealing" her words and embroidering them on a sweater, which Raheem says was done without her consent or prior knowledge.

In a lengthy Instagram post addressed to the brand, Raheem wrote, "I'm happy you were inspired by my words, but using them without prior notice or acknowledgment is insulting and disrespectful to the risk I took and the consequences of my actions that I've been living with since that day." She also wrote, "It's disappointing that you invalidated who I am as artist by stealing my words to sell sweaters and promote awareness of your brand. Those words came thru me that day organically as I defended myself and clarified my position politically to a hostile bigot."

Raheem also alluded to posts and comments on Lingua Franca's Instagram page, which are no longer available. "Adding insult to injury your response to my followers questioning comments on you feed last night is an attempt to undermine my authorship of of those words," she wrote. "It's essentially being gaslighted by a supposed ally. Furthermore you [are] now posting images of me to somehow offset the difficult situation you find yourself in and editing your caption from yesterdays post to now include me feels desperate and undermining." These posts, as well as the listing of the piece on the Lingua Franca site, are gone, though Raheem posted screenshots that show that they were both once there.


In an Instagram Live story, Raheem also claims that some of the quotes placed on Lingua Franca clothing are "cultural appropriation," such as shirts that say things like "we shall overcome" and "black lives matter." She expanded: "I question why you feel entitled to you use my words but even more bewildered by the fact that you feel comfortable taking words like 'we shall overcome' which is a negro spiritual and key anthem of the civil rights movements to sell your product." Raheem made her own shirts with this quote on them previously, as she shows in her post. The proceeds from hers go to the Amazing Grace Conservatory.

That said, in her Instagram Live, Raheem did praise the brand for speaking up against the Alabama abortion legislation, but made clear that this is not the way to do it. "This just another tragic example of people of privilege getting seeing the 'woke' movement as a business opportunity and behaving clumsily in the sphere," she wrote in her comment.

Lingua Franca has since issued a response to its Instagram, written by the brand's founder, Rachelle Hruska, who explained that she wanted to create a piece as a protest to Alabama's anti-abortion legislation. "Scrolling through Pinterest looking for inspiration and pro-women's-rights phrases, this powerful statement caught my eye, and being inspired right away, I got the team to start stitching the phrase without looking into it more," the statement reads. "The minute I learned from folks on IG that this phrase came from words spoken by Samirah Raheem @thisishowilook I was taken aback by my own haste and the fact that I inadvertently lifted her words."

The statement discloses that the brand has made $3,525 from sales of the sweater, which will go directly to the Yellowhammer Fund. It also says that the brand plans to send the same amount to Raheem "as a gesture of respect for her work and her words." Additionally, Lingua Franca will donate 10 percent of all sales for the rest of the month to the Yellowhammer Fund. Hruska also disclosed to NYLON that she planned to have a conversation with Raheem today. Raheem has also been contacted for a comment, but has not yet responded to our request.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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