Those of you who are guilting of tearing pages out of Hype Hair Magazine while waiting in the doctor’s office in order to show your hairstylist potential styles for your next quick weave creation better beware — it’s 2014 and the original stylists are PET-TY.
An Atlanta wig designer (not to be confused with one of your Instagram friends with 14k followers who sells corsets and Body By Vi packages) is suing Nicki Minaj for $30 million, claiming intellectual property infringement.
In a civil complaint filed Friday morning in federal court, Terrence Davidson claims he had a deal with former client Minaj to form a wig making business and instead she started one without his knowledge and consent.
“I actually handmade these wigs,” Davidson said. “For me to see them in stores and not getting credit for them is upsetting.”
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Details via CNN:
Both Davidson and his attorney, Christopher Chestnut, talked to CNN about his influence on crafting Minaj’s image as well as the fact that the rapper now sells wigs on her site based on the designs Davidson says he created. The stylist said he discovered the wigs were being marketed and sold after someone sent him a picture and he began researching.
“I see these wigs online,” said Davidson, who has also worked with others in the industry, including singers Patti LaBelle and rapper Remy Ma. “People are basically duplicating what I created for Nicki Minaj.”
“Nicki Minaj is reaping great success and financial bounty reward for Terrence’s creative expertise, and he is entitled to participate in that,” Chestnut said. “Someone’s got to stand up for the artist. We applaud the fact that she’s making millions, but she’s also got to pay bounty to those whose creative designs she’s making millions off of.”