“Who started it?” Who cares?
They say “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but that doesn’t seem to be true in the entertainment industry today! There are a lot of artists throwing accusations that someone else is “stealing” their style and they seem to want that acknowledged (don’t even get me started on Lil’ Kim and Nicki Minaj). The latest: Rihanna’s stylist told the New York Daily News that Christina Aguilera is jacking Rih Rih’s style not Lady Gaga’s like many have implied since Aguilera came out with a new look for her latest album “Bionic.” “Seeing stuff–the black patent leather, the tutus and the spikes–reminds me of Rihanna more than Gaga,” Mariel Haenn told New York Daily News.
Does it really matter if Xtina was copying Rihanna or Gaga considering both of them have been accused of imitating a bunch of other people’s styles? Kelis has said that she did the short shaved hair way before Rihanna was on the scene. Grace Jones claimed that Lady Gaga was “copying her” and that she was doing many of the current “trends” decades ago. Then, of course, there’s Madonna, who has undoubtedly inspires both artists, and even Madge did her own share of swagger jacking from icons like Marilyn Monroe.
My take? “Edgy” has become the new normal and in everyone’s quest to look different a lot of their style notes are starting to look the same! If we really want to give credit where credit is due, most artists images today aren’t even completely their own: they have stylists picking out their clothes and putting their outfits together in the first place. To that point I can see why Mariel Haenn might want to chime into the “copy cat” debate but it’s almost pointless. We could play the copy cat game all day until everyone looks like an imitator.
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