LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Pop superstar Ariana Grande is suing Lincoln Heights-based fashion retailer Forever 21 alleging that the company used a look-alike model in a social media campaign without permission.

The Hollywood Reporter says the singer is asking for $10 million in damages.

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According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Forever 21 contacted Grande’s representatives regarding an endorsement deal but they never came to an agreement.

In “7 Rings,” Ariana Grande (left) sings “I want it, I got it.” Forever 21’s ads (right) include the slogan, “You want it. We got it!”
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The singer claims the retailer then published 30 unauthorized images using unlicensed imagery from her “Thank U, Next” album and “7 Rings” music video.

A Forever 21 representative issued a statement saying, “While we dispute the allegations, we are huge supporters of Ariana Grande and have worked with her licensing company over the past two years. We are hopeful that we will find a mutually agreeable resolution and can continue to work together in the future.”

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The aesthetic, hair and clothes promoted in the ads, like the one at right, look strikingly similar to the outfits and color scheme featured in Grande’s video, seen at left.
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Grande alleges that Forever 21 ran the ad campaign on its website and social media platforms in late 2018 and early this year.

Grande, seen at left, is suing Forever 21 for at least $10 million in damages for copyright and trademark infringement, false endorsement and violating her right of publicity, for ads like the one seen at right.
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“As of February 2019, Ms. Grande became the most-followed woman on Instagram in the world, amassing more than 160 million Instagram followers; a title she continues to hold through the date of filing this complaint,” according to the lawsuit.

“Even a single social media post by Ms. Grande can garner fees of several hundred thousand dollars, and her longer-term endorsement arrangements command fees in the millions of dollars.”

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