Celebrities like to control their image and music superstar Rihanna is no exception; it has now emerged that she is suing the major British fashion chain Topshop for making her look ugly with this unauthorized T-shirt of her:
The 25-year-old singer is suing Topshop for GB pounds 3.5 million High Court papers filed through British law firm Reed Smith in March show. Rihanna complained that not only did Topshop use her picture without her permission, but much worse the image they chose makes her look ugly – the photo shows her with her hair tied up in a bandana. One may ask of course why she was so unwise to dress like this in the first place in the public arena… Rihanna also complained with the quality of the T-shirts, saying both the image and the product “would not have been authorized.
Rihanna is without doubt a global superstar, singer and Fashionista… she is also a remarkably pretty young woman as you can see in her album cover shot for her original breakthrough album.
A source said: “RiRi says it’s the principle. She believes they are taking advantage of artists, that it’s just exploitation and what they are doing is wrong.” Reports say Topshop controlling shareholder Philip Green offered Rihanna, who is estimated herself to be worth £35m, £3, 500 in compensation, which she turned down.
Should Rihanna win the lawsuit, it would be a landmark case as, at present, there is no “right of publicity” law in the UK.
Philip Green is an English multi-billionaire and through his Arcadia Group he controls British fashion chains Topshop, BHS and Dorothy Perkins.
By coincidence, or perhaps not, Rihanna is also currently promoting her own fashion line with Topshop rival River Island. Speaking about the collection, she said: “I made a piece for everybody in my crew, we all have different body types and different tastes.
“Some are braver than others, but, you know, I think like that because that’s how all the women in the world are. We’re all different, we all like different things, we all have different occasions, different moods, different body types.”
While she is new to the fashion business Rihanna is of course still a global superstar, and one with remarkably misty green eyes that are very likely to beguile anyone she come into conflict with… what’s the betting that Philip Green, who has been photographed many times hanging out with beauties like Kate Moss does not come to some form of settlement.. or that the judge will make him!
Topshop is a successful chain that Philip Green manages through Arcadia Group, which also owns BHS and Dorothy Perkins – altogether more than 2, 300 stores. Whilst his family had money he started at the bottom selling jeans from the far east and gradually built a high street empire and even, at one point, made an ultimately unsuccessful hostile takeover bid for Marks and Spencer.
Conservative in politics he does not like to pay taxes and has a T-shirt of his own to prove it.
His wife Tina Green is a South African born businesswoman and currently she is reputed to be the wealthiest woman in England as all her husband’s shares are in her name – purportedly for tax reasons…