It seems that the Kardashian family will be taking on a new legal battle in the future based on the claims of British mom Jay Willey, who says that the Kardashian sisters stole her company’s product name.
According to Mirror, Willey gave samples of her company’s Kroma beauty product range to the Kardashians’ make-up artist one year and six months ago, hoping that Kim, Khloe and Kourtney would promote and recommend their products. However, the reality TV stars came up with their own product with a very similar name: Khroma.
“I’ve been working on this for two years, since October 2010, building up the brand in the EU, contacting major retailers, trying to make ÂKroma an established make-up brand. Then in June this year we hear the Kardashians and their branding company Boldface are bringing out their range with a name almost identical to ours,” Willey told the Mirror.
“We’ve been working so hard on this and now it looks like they’re taking our brand name,” she added. “They even appear to have used the same font as ours on their packaging. But we are fighting back. Do they think that we will just go away? Or do they presume we are too scared to go head to head with them, or that we can’t afford it? I know the Kardashians themselves will be sat on a beach somewhere having their pictures taken… it’s the machine behind them that we’re taking on. It just seems so unfair. Those girls are meant to be role models. Young girls everywhere look up to them. But here they are Âbullying a small business, trying to ruin us.”
Willey, who manages Kroma’s European leg, is teaming up with the American founding company in going to war with the Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars through U.S. courts. According to the British mom, they have been in negotiation with the Kardashians’ lawyers in attempt to change the name of their product but to no avail. It looks like the Karadashians are determined to keep the name and to take the case in the States even though it would “cost an absolute fortune.”
Willey’s company, however, isn’t the only makeup company that has an issue with the Kardashians. Another American company by the name of Chroma Makeup Studio, founded 12 years ago, is also planning to slap the Kardashians with a lawsuit if they keep the Khroma name.
Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that Kanye West is rumored to be struggling with his career no thanks to girlfriend Kim Kardashian.
A source told Confidenti@l that the rapper’s popularity is fading due to his appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, not to mention his photos in celebrity weekly magazines.
“His personal life is overpowering his music,” the insider said. “Every time he plays, people are wondering if Kim is going to be there. It’s not a good thing for him, especially if he wants to be taken seriously.”
West was also reportedly offered several hosting gigs in Las Vegas and Miami only because he’s expected to show up with Kardashian.
“Kanye was actually offended by the offers,” the source said.
What do you think of the accusations that the Kardashians stole the name of their latest makeup line? Is Kim dragging down Kanye’s career?
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