The season nine star called the singer out on Twitter
Gentlemen, start your engines for more drama. That’s right, the library is open – last night, season nine RuPaul’s Drag Race star Farrah Moan took to Twitter to accuse Ariana Grande of “stealing from queer artists”.
Posting side-by-side images of herself and Grande in notably similar looks, she tweeted: “Ariana should give me a cut of that 10M since her team literally sent a pic of me to the designer and paid them to copy my look from as4. (Finally met the designer and got told the Tea) I guess stealing from queer artists for profit is fine tho.”
The look in question is the corset fit Grande wore in her “7 rings” video. The original version was designed by Moan “and a queer 18-year-old based out of Louisiana”. This claim is the latest in a long line of copying accusations made about the song, from Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy’s flows, to 2 Chainz’s iconic pink trap house, which was seemingly ripped off in Grande’s video.
Ariana should give me a cut of that 10M since her team literally sent a pic of me to the designer and paid them to copy my look from as4. (Finally met the designer and got told the Tea) I guess stealing from queer artists for profit is fine tho 🤷🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/1smGr8K4G0— 👑 Farrah Moan (@farrahrized) September 4, 2019
The accusations come after Ariana Grande filed a lawsuit against Forever 21 for hiring “a model who looks strikingly similar to Ms Grande wearing a similar hairstyle to the one Ms Grande wore in the “7 rings” video, dressed in a top designed to look like a top worn by Ms Grande”.
Although Moan previously said that if the pop star had taken inspiration she wouldn’t be angry, she’s since had a change of heart, tweeting: “idc what the lawsuit is really about, her legal team is accusing theft of likeness, image, w/e but the point is her team also stole.”
Thanks to RuPaul’s Drag Race and its cult following, drag culture is increasingly prevalent in the mainstream media, leaving it exposed to copying and capitalisation. With stars like Grande so immersed in the LBGTQ+ community, it’s important for credit to be given when due.