Cara Delevingne Gets Called Out For Stealing This T-Shirt Design

Lindsey Washington
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Cara Delevingne (aka the girl who danced like this at last years Victoria’s secret fashion show)


… is being criticized for stealing “The Future is female” T-shirt design and slogan from Rachel Berks, owner of Otherwild. If you’re feeling confused or have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you a bit of history.

In early 1970s:

A string of feminist books stores began popping up all over major cities in the U.S. One of the first was Labyris Books in New York City. Their slogan was “The Future is Female.” In 1975, a photographer by the name of Liza Cownan took a photo of her girlfriend wearing a shirt with that very slogan.

Fast forward 40 years:

Rachel Berks saw the image on an Instagram account dedicated to “Herstoric Lesbian Imagery.” Immediately inspired, Berks contacted Liza and got her blessing to use the slogan for a T-shirt she wanted to create. Berks began making and selling the shirt with 25 percent of the profit going to Planned Parenthood. She gained some traction with famous fans such as St. Vincent and Cara herself.

Skip to the present day:

Cara posted a photo on her Instagram in the shirt and announced she will be selling the shirt herself with 25 percent of the proceeds going to Girl Up (A United Nations campaign).

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE A lot of you have been asking for one of these – so I decided to put them up for sale, with proceeds going to Girl Up ! ~~LINK IN BIO~~ thank you @lizacowan @otherwild @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y

Does Berks own the rights to the shirt? Can Cara sell it? Should we all just get along and support each other?

Berks thinks not:

I took down my post yesterday about #thefutureisfemale controversy, because the negative commentary was overwhelming me, but I wanted to share my thoughts and this image which shows #Otherwild's sweatshirt on the left, and @caradelevingne's identical version on the right. The slogan "The Future Is Female" originates from Jane Lurie's and Marizel Rios' Labyris Books (1972), and Otherwild used @lizacowan's image of Alix Dobkin in the shirt (1975) with permission, as originally seen on Kelly Rakowski's @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y. Otherwild's redesign and reissue of the FIF tees and buttons is protected under copyright law, which mandates that any reproduction of an existing known public work must be altered at least 20% from the original. If model/actress Cara Delevingne wanted to sell my line, she would need to wholesale them from Otherwild, and because we donate 25% of our line's proceeds to Planned Parenthood, Delevingne's ethical practice would benefit not only our woman-owned small business but would also serve as a significant donation to PP. Delevingne could also choose not to wholesale from Otherwild and create her own design of the slogan on clothing to sell. But Delevingne's choice to lift and manufacture Otherwild's design, claiming it as her own to sell with an undisclosed charitable offering, is indefensible. Her actions ironically counter the very message of the slogan "The Future Is Female", and it's confounding that she would do this to a small queer feminist-owned business after purchasing the product from us just a few weeks ago. Although under pressure, Delevingne has changed the line's attribution several times in the past 24 hrs., she has not yet offered to wholesale from us nor cease and desist blatantly copying and selling our designs.

She said the design and reissue are protected under copyright law and if Delevingne wanted to, she could wholesale the shirts from Otherwild and tweak the design, but to claim it is her own? That’s just plain wrong.

Sidenote: Click here to buy the original shirt