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Taylor Swift Accused of Stealing Logo From Black Designer

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By    |   Friday, 31 July 2020 10:43 AM

Taylor Swift will be changing the design of her album merchandise after being accused of stealing the logo from a black woman. The pop icon's rep made the announcement on Tuesday after the owner of The Folklore, an online platform that sells clothing from African designers, pointed out that Swift's logo closely resembled her own.

"I am not going to let this blatant theft go unchecked," said Amira Rasool, the founder of The Folklore, in an Instagram post.

Swift's rep said in a statement to Good Morning America that immediate action would be taken to rectify 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," the statement 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."

Swift also responded to Rasool in a tweet on Thursday that read, "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 @thefolklore @amirarasool @bifcglobal #blackinfashioncouncil."

Rasool expressed her gratitude to Swift's team "for recognizing the damage the merchandise caused" to her company.

"I recognize that she has been a strong advocate for women protecting their creative rights, so it was good to see her team is on the same page," she wrote in a tweet.

Rasool further explained on Instagram that she was communicating with Swift and her team about "the necessary next steps" to "make the situation right."

"Special shout out to my lawyers at @fenwickwestllp and my sister @nia_rasoolgroup for the guidance and support," she concluded.

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