This Designer Has Accused Kylie Jenner of Stealing Her Work—and She Says She Has the Receipts to Prove It

Camo copycat?

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On Thursday, Kylie Jenner teased an all-new camo collection for her merch line, sold at KylieJennerShop.com. But shortly after her announcement, she was called out for reportedly copying an NYC-based indie designer named PluggedNYC.

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Plugged's creative director, Tizita Balemlay, claims Kylie's team asked for a package of her designs, including swimwear, which Plugged sent over. Balemlay has posted an alleged email exchange between her team and Kylie's:

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In addition, the designer has sounded off on her Instagram account, posting side-by-side images of Kylie's designs and hers. "I am the influence *drops mic," the post says. "Copy & Paste down to the shoes I used on my models 😂😭."

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In a second post, the designer is careful to note that no, she didn't invent camo, "but I sure as hell brought it back to life and pushed the two-piece camo movement. I can't remember one brand that sold matching camo two-pieces that weren't generic tees with cargo for ladies before my brand, unless it was custom...I started my brand with pennies funny how someone can just take a whole movement bc of how much money and power they have."

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The controversy over Kylie's camo line doesn't end there, either. After Perez Hilton announced the line's launch on Twitter, writing, "@KylieJenner is trying to make camo bikinis a thing..." commenters shot back with accusations of cultural appropriation.

In particular, they cited the fact that Destiny's Child wore camo two-piece designs in their Survivor music video and in promo pics 16 years prior. "Every time this girl does something, they say she is starting a trend," one user wrote, while another said, "Miss Tina [Knowles] did not put in the hours on that sewing machine to be slandered and denied recognition."

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