We’d guess that with one River Island collab selling like hot pants and another hitting shelves in less than a week, Rihanna is a bit sensitive about her image being affixed to another brand’s clothing. According to a source who spoke to the New York Post, Topshop’s Icon Tank, which features her face, has the star T’d off.
Even though British law has the brand’s back in this case, the pop star is fighting for a reported $5 million in damages. The source told Page Six, “Rihanna’s management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, ‘We do what we want.’ They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees.” And went on to say that to Rihanna, “it’s the principle, and [she] wants to make a statement about it.”
Potentially in an attempt to skirt any infringement issues, Topshop never mentions Rihanna’s name surrounding the tank. Online, the shirt is called the “Icon Tank” which obviously points to the fact that it features a major pop icon, but the description reads: “tank with photographic motif of a girl wearing a headscarf.” Oh really, “a girl”, and no one in particular?
The offending tank is still for sale online (not in the US, sorry), and you can see a pic of it below. Then check out details on Rihanna’s new reality series, and videos about that fast-fashion brand she’s totally cool with below.
[New York Post]