Don’t you hate when a girl power moment gets overshadowed by controversy?
Over the weekend, Cara Delevingne announced on Instagram the release of “The Future Is Female” sweater in collaboration with Represent. Proceeds from the sweater will support Girl Up’s campaign to promote the education, health, and safety of adolescent girls in developing countries.
Sounds positive, right? But, it’s not all good, as many are accusing the top model of ripping off the sweater’s design. The New York Times reports: “The original ‘The Future Is Female’ T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975.”
That picture caught the eye of Rachel Berks, owner of LA-based design studio Otherwild, who remade the sweater for purchase and donated a portion of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood. In her Instagram post, Cara made no mention of Berks or Otherwild, and users were pretty pissed, with comments such as “I love u Cara but u gotta give @otherwild credit this was not ur idea” and “as a queer woman yourself, the least you could [do] is support @otherwild.”
Regardless of the drama, we’re happy Cara is attempting to support a good cause. However, she should do a little more research next time.