What would Nicki Minaj say? Who is swagger jacking now?
There’s a bit of an uproar on the internets over this photo which was created by nakeup artist Samantha Ravndahl who posted it on her Instagram over a month ago. Ravndahl took to Reddit’s “Makeup Addiction” subforum yesterday to ask a “slightly unrelated” question: What do I do if Lil’ Kim stole one of my photos to use as art for her latest album?
Lil’ Kim — or, more likely, her handlers — have indeed been using Ravndahl’s popular “Glam Zombie” photo (which features Ravndahl herself) without credit to promote the release of Queen Bee’s latest mixtape joint “Dead Gal Walking.”
In fact, on Lil’ Kim’s official Instagram page, Ravndahl’s photo even appears with a copyright mark attributed to Lil’ Kim (it has since been removed).
According to Gawker reports:
With Reddit firmly on Ravndahl, it wasn’t long before the image was overrun with users calling Lil’ Kim a “thief” and a “washed up c*m bucket.”
TMZ says it spoke with Ravndahl, and she, in turn, claims to have spoken with Lil’ Kim’s people, who initially brushed off her demands for payment.
After insisting, Ravndahl was told to be patient, as Lil’ Kim’s management “works slowly.”
Meanwhile, the photo remains up on both Instagram (it has since been removed) and Lil’ Kim’s TwitMusic page, which has been promoted by Lil’ Kim’s Twitter account multiple times since Halloween.
Neither Kim nor her crew has issued a response to the growing controversy. In a recent update, Ravndahl said she plans to consult with a lawyer on how to proceed.
Ravndahl took to her Instagram to let Kim fans know not to give her any problems.
Clearly some of them didn’t get the memo:
Bottom line seems to be don’t steal things that don’t belong to you without at least contacting or crediting the proper folks! Pretty simple.