Kim Kardashian’s proliferation in popular culture means that there will be many people who model themselves after her, and many occasions where accusations of imitation are thrown around. Recently, one such accusation came from Kami Osman, a woman bearing a striking resemblance to Kardashian, who claimed that Kardashian was copying her look for her Met Gala after-party dress--prompting the reality star to clap back.
The conflict began when Osman, who has even appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians as a Kim Kardashian lookalike, reposted a photo on Instagram showing her with a snug, low-cut white dress, according to Betches. Along with this photo, she posted an Instagram Story saying:
“Got a lot of DM’s [sic] in regards to the MET look that was painfully similar to my last year[']s bday dress. Never get confused with who ‘inspires’ who. They won[']t give you credit but they will copy. I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this [it] was an original design.”
Osman’s story was in reference to Kardashian’s outfit for the Met Gala after-party this year, which also featured a low cut and a snug fit. However, as both Instagram user Diet Prada and Kardashian herself pointed out, her outfit was actually an homage to Cher, in keeping with the “camp” theme of the Gala.
While Diet Prada posted a side-by-side image, Kardashian posted several photos of herself and Cher for comparison, then concluded with simple white text on a purple background on her Instagram Story reading “#NotOnMyMoodBoard,” referring to the modern collaging trend.
In the past, Kardashian has been rightfully accused of copying other dress designs, according to Betches, but in this case, she seems to have been vindicated. For our part, we’re curious to see Kim’s continuing adventures in the cutthroat world of Instagram fashion.