Victoria's Secret released new fragrance ornaments packaged inside metallic bags filled with sequins.
The Victoria's Secret fragrance ornaments ($19.50, Victoria's Secret) look super cute — but people can't stop talking about how familiar they look.
Diet Prada, an Instagram account dedicated to calling out knockoffs, accused Victoria's Secret of copying the Pat McGrath to "win" its customers back.
"In 2017, women are not shopping @victoriassecret the way they used to," Diet Prada wrote in the caption. "They're still offering padded bras, airbrushing, and ill-advised "tribal" runway looks to a world of women who are increasingly questioning the status quo."
"Another new strategy — knocking off the mythical goddess @patmcgrathreal and her instantly iconic makeup packaging.
"Hey VS," Diet Prada continued. "The way to win women back is DEFINITELY not by copying them."
Although I can't confirm anything about declining Victoria's Secret sales or public interest — it *is* known that they do not have the most respect for women of color.
Every year, they prove it with the low melanin count in their "Angel" line-up and the non-inclusive fashion shows that can't seem to go on without appropriating tribal and/or Asian cultures.
Hot tea and valid shade aside, too many brands are copying and profiting off of Black women's creativity and it DOES need to be called out.
Pat McGrath isn't the first black woman to have her creations stolen by a white-owned brand. The fashion and beauty industries are tough enough for women of color. Many of us create our own brands out of both passion and necessity. To have those creations stolen is a slap in the face.
The message sent is that these industries do want the ideas women of color have to offer — just not from us.
It's important to have this practice called out until it stops for good.