Jenner jacks designs from black business PluggedNYC


Twitter user @kelshareese hopped on the trending topic regarding Jenner stealing designs from the popular company, PluggedNYC.

by Isis Kirkland, Staff Writer

Kylie Jenner has been in some hot water recently, due to accusations of her stealing designs from a smaller company called PluggedNYC. PluggedNYC sells its merchandise through the store ASOS.

When Kylie released her new line of camo clothing, people took to Twitter to point out the similarities between Jenner’s line and PluggedNYC’s line, which came out the week before. The designer for Plugged NYC, Tizita Balemlay, then came out and released some tweets explaining that after being approached by Jenner’s team, she sent Jenner merchandise. Specifically, she sent Jenner bathing suits, which later emerged on Kylie’s website.

This whole topic aggravates me to my core. I don’t think that the two clothing lines looking similar is just a coincidence. I definitely think that Kylie stole Balemlay’s designs and is going to get away with it.  It disgusts me that Jenner can do whatever she wants to without any repercussions just because of her social status. This was very distasteful not only for Jenner, but for the whole brand. Is Kylie that unoriginal that she couldn’t think of her own camo designs? If she was going to steal, she could have at least changed the design a little bit.

Stealing must be a common trend in the Kardashian/Jenner family, because Khloe Kardashian was also accused of stealing designs from another company.

Khloe stole black business owner Destiney Bleu’s designs for her own brand, Good American. Kardashian requested Bleu to send her bedazzled nude bodysuits which were featured on her site, and Good American then came out with knockoff versions of the bodysuits shortly after.

I don’t understand why both Kylie and Khloe feel the need to steal designs from other creators. If they lack the originality to create their own design concepts, why don’t they hire somebody to do it for them? Better yet, why not pay Bleu and Balemlay for their designs and ask for their consent to use their work instead of blatantly stealing?

Some may say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but in the case of Khloe and Kylie, their borderline copyright infringement is unacceptable.