LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Kim Kardashian has filed a $20 million lawsuit against Old Navy over a commercial ad campaign starring a Canadian pop singer.
At a quick glance, or even a longer one, Melissa Molinaro looks just like Kardashian.
The complaint alleges the ad has damaged Kardashian’s brand.
“Celebrities do have the right to control the use of their likeness their name, their image,” intellectual property attorney Mariana Noli tells CBS2.
On Youtube, Molinaro says nowhere in the audition description did it say the company was looking for someone to imitate Kardashian. Instead, she says they were looking for a “true dance pop superstar.”
A spokesperson for The Gap Inc., the parent company of Old Navy, tells CBS2 they have no comment.
Kardashian’s attorney was also unavailable for comment.
Molinaro says she’s been mistaken for other celebrities before, including Eva Longoria and Nicole Scherzinger.