An Artist Wants to Sue Cardi B Over Her Simpsons Halloween Costume

  • Cardi B dressed up as Marge Simpson in a Thierry Mugler-inspired dress for Halloween on Instagram.
  • AleXsandro Palombo, who created the original art, wants to take legal action against the rapper.
  • Palombo’s lawyer says Cardi B misappropriated his work without proper credit.

A contemporary pop artist known for turning The Simpsons into his art says he could take action against Cardi B for recreating his work in a Halloween Instagram post.

Italian artist aleXsandro Palombo claims Cardi B was never authorized to use his art for her Oct. 31 post, which depicted rapper Marge Simpson in a dress that was cut out at the back to expose her cleavage.

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Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, did not credit Palombo in her post, but used a photo of his art in the series of photos she posted.

A post shared by Cardi B (@iamcardib)

However, in her Instagram caption, she gave a nod to French designer Thierry Mugler, the designer whose dress inspired Palombo’s work.

Palombo, who created the artwork for Vogue UK in 2013, wrote in an Instagram post that he contacted Cardi B and did not receive a response.

A model in a black long sleeve, floor length dress with a butt cutout

A model is seen wearing the Thierry Mugler dress that inspired Palombo’s work in 1995. The dress was part of Mugler’s Autumn/Winter prêt-à-porter collection

Pierre Vauthey/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

Claudio Volpi, a lawyer who works with Palombo, told Artnet News that Cardi B defied “the most elementary rules about copyright and Instagram policies” when she used Palombo’s art without credit.

Volpi also told Artnet that after the image was posted on the social media accounts of Cardi B and two of her team members, Palombo reached out to them and requested that those involved correct the error and link to his Instagram page.

When that request wasn’t met, Volpi sent a formal notice saying that if Cardi B and her team didn’t follow through on the demands, they could take legal action, Volpi told the outlet.

In October, Cardi B won a lawsuit after a man accused the rapper of misappropriating his likeness by using his tattoos in her rough album art.

Reps for Cardi B and Palombo did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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