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Taylor Swift Responds To Claims That She Stole The 'Folklore' Logo From A Black Designer

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By Chris Barilla

Taylor Swift's surprise release of 'Folklore,' her full-length indie-rock-inspired project, shocked millions of fans worldwide last week upon its arrival. However, despite the happiness it brought many, Amira Rasool, a black designer, felt wronged by Swift and her team for their usage of a 'Folklore' logo that is very similar to her own 'The Folklore' logo used on clothing in her own brand for much longer than the existence of Swift's project. Now, the star and her team are responding to the claims.

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Back on July 24, Rasool took to Instagram to open up about the injustice she feels as though Swift and her team perpetuated by using a design very similar to hers and not giving any credit to the original maker.

"This morning, it came to my attention that musician #TaylorSwift is selling merchandise to go along with her new album 'Folklore'. She is currently selling merchandise with the words ;'The Folklore' printed on them. Based on the similarities of the design, I believe the designer of the merch ripped off my company's logo," she wrote to her followers.


"I am sharing my story to bring light to the trend of large companies/celebrities copying the work of small minority-owned business owners. I am not going to let this blatant theft go unchecked. Please tag @diet_prada and @thefashionlaw under the post and share this on Twitter and IGz #TheRealFolklore #TheFolklore Original logo designed by @cainecasket," the post concluded, tagging notorious internet fashion crusaders Diet Prada and The Fashion Law to help weigh in on her serious claims against one of the world's biggest stars.

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Following her claims and a private reach-out by Swift's legal team to resolve the situation amicably, the star responded to Rasool on Twitter publicly to show her apology for any wrongdoing on her part and pledge a donation to the Black In Fashion Council.

"Amira, I admire the work you’re doing and I’m happy to make a contribution to your company and to support the Black in Fashion Council (launching on 8/3) with a donation," the star wrote to Rasool followed by a heart emoji.

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In a statement made following the incident, Swift's team commented their take on the situation.

"Yesterday, we were made aware of a complaint that the specific use of the word 'the' before 'folklore album' on some of the folklore album merchandise was of concern. Absolutely no merchandise using 'the' before the words 'folklore album' has been manufactured or sent out," it read.

"In good faith, we honored her request and immediately notified everyone who had ordered merchandise with the word 'the' preceding 'folklore album' that they will now receive their order with the design change," it concluded.

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