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).
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:
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