Adventures in Copyright: Nicki Minaj Wears a Blatant Copy of Young Designer Jessica Rogers' 'Puff Ball' Fashion; Rogers Says She Was 'In Tears' Over It
Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj made headlines when she sat next to a soberly-dressed Anna Wintour, wearing a rainbow, shoulder-pad-dress-concoction completely covered in neon pom-poms, at Carolina Herrera's Spring 2012 runway show. Everyone had a good laugh, and prasied Minaj for her gusto and originality...except that, as it turns, the hip-hop singer was wearing a flagrant rip-off of another designer's work. Young designer Jessica Rogers, 21, of SomedayNewYorker, has been producing garments nearly identical to Minaj's--which both the singer and Rogers refer to as "Puff Ball" style--for almost three years now. What's more, Rogers tells us that Nicki Minaj's stylists had contacted her in the past about using some of her clothing--among them a Puff Ball dress--however once Rogers sent further images of her work, she never heard back from Minaj's team. Rogers said she even followed up a month later, sending more images of her puff ball garments, eager for the prospect of working with such a big-name star.