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It looks like that Hailey Clauson Urban Outfitters lawsuit may happen after all.
You may remember Hailey Clauson as the 16-year-old on that racy Urban Outfitters t-shirt. Said t-shirt caused Clauson’s parents to sue Urban for $28 million, which is just one of the many reasons why her latest fashion editorial makes absolutely no sense.
By now you’re probably familiar with Hailey Clauson. She was the underage model who got Diane von Furstenberg upset. She’s also the girl on that “racy” Urban Outfitters tee. While the Urban case is still pending, Clauson has continued to pop up in editorials. Her most recent? One for Vogue Russia’s September issue.
Jason Lee Parry, the photographer behind the now infamous image of then 15-year-old Hailey Clauson perched open-legged on top of a motorcycle, stopped by Good Morning America to defend himself against allegations made in a $28 million lawsuit filed by Clauson’s parents.
Hailey Clauson‘s parents were pissed when a “salacious” image of their 16-year-old daughter appeared on a T-shirt sold at Urban Outfitters. In fact, they were so pissed that they decided to sue Urban, two other stores, and photographer Jason Lee Parry for $28 million in damages. Now Parry is striking back.
This was the week of model lawsuits, Vogue Photoshop abuse, and offensive advertising. We also learned about Fashion’s Night Out plans and September issues. And did you know Sarah Palin had polka-dotted toenails?
Yesterday we reported that Urban Outfitters was being sued for selling a t-shirt screenprinted with an unauthorized photo of teenage model Hailey Clauson. But last night we learned the company that actually made the shirt had no idea they weren’t allowed to use the photo, or that Clauson was only 15 years old when it was taken.
Since CATWALK JUSTICE devoted last week’s entire column to the Louboutin v. YSL case, there’s quite a bit of fashion law news to catch up on. Much of it, however, seems oddly familiar. There seem to be three lessons to take from this week’s events: 1) fashion law history is doomed to repeat itself; 2) where you can’t sue to get what you want, at least try going the contract route (even if it’s likely to fail, you may get publicity for a ridiculous offer); 3) and models (or in some cases, their parents) are a lot tougher than they look — at least, in the courtroom.
The parents of 16-year-old model Hailey Clauson are taking Urban Outfitters to court for the unauthorized use of photographs featuring their daughter in “salacious” and “provocative” poses.
With all of the drama surrounding magazine spreads that make little girls look like mature women, it’s refreshing to see a fashion mag feature an age-appropriate editorial. While Lindsey Wixson and Hailey Clauson are quite a bit older than the Vogue Paris kids, they are still only 16 and 15, respectively. Vogue China appears to understand that.
After she spent all that time writing up those rules about how CFDA members shouldn’t use models under the age of 16 during fashion week, Diane von Furstenberg said she was “horrified” to learn that a 15-year-old model by the name of Hailey Clauson ended up walking in her show. How long do you think it’ll be before her casting people get fired?