Kendall Jenner is suing skincare company Cutera $10 million for using her face in ads for their product without her permission. According to a lawsuit obtained by People Magazine, the ads began showing up in New York City this month, ahead of Fashion Week. The lawsuit reads, in part, as follows.
“Cutera’s use of Kendall Jenner’s name and likeness is not, and never has been, authorized… Cutera has never sought Ms. Jenner’s permission to use her as a ‘face’ for its products and services, and Ms. Jenner has never given such permission”
The lawsuit further stipulates that Kendall is suing for any profits from the product that used her image without her permission. Those profits should “in no event [be] less than $10 million.” Jenner is also seeking a temporary restraining order against Cutera, as well as documented prohibition of the company’s use of her “name, likeness, identity or person.”
TMZ reports that in a statement, Kendall’s attorney Todd Wilson says the following.
“The right to associate Kendall Jenner’s name and likeness in connection with a product or service belongs solely to Kendall Jenner and is protected by Federal and State law. Today’s lawsuit by Ms. Jenner against Cutera, Inc., for the unauthorized use of Ms. Jenner’s name and likeness to promote its product should serve notice that Ms. Jenner will vigorously defend her rights under the law.”
The product at the center of Kendall’s lawsuit is the company’s Laser Genesis acne treatment. The ad for this product states that “Acne ‘Completely Ruined’ Kendall Jenner’s Self-Esteem,” and that Laser Genesis treatments have given her almost perfect skin. Jenner has credited the product in the past with helping to cure her acne. She has described the toll her acne took on her self-esteem, saying that she was so embarrassed by it that she would talk to people with a hand over her face and often would not make contact because of her embarrassment. Kendall never did, however, give Cutera permission to use her image in their ads, according to the lawsuit.
Jenner’s lawsuit justifies the requested $10 million with her lengthy and impressive resume. Not only is she the face of Estée Lauder, she has also appeared on the covers of top fashion magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and Glamour, to name a few. Kendall also recently announced the launch of a ready-to-wear fashion line with sister Kylie. The line is named Kendall + Kylie. There will be a spring line, which is expected to sell out quickly because of the girls’ celebrity status. If the record sellout of Kylie’s recent lip kit is a sign of things to come, if you want something from the Kendall + Kylie spring collection, you better get to the store quickly once it launches.
Kendall Jenner was in headlines a couple of days ago when Us Magazine reported that an upcoming episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians shows her arguing with Caitlyn Jenner and telling her that she is not welcome at her debut at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. She apparently feels upstaged by Caitlyn, as she tells her the following.
“I’m very mad at you about something… Did you have your publicist announce that you were going? Because I don’t know how everyone knows, and now it’s a huge story, and I’m actually pissed at you… I don’t want you to go… You’re gonna take the biggest night of my life and take it away from me? Thank you. No! You can’t! You can come to the f**king afterparty. You can’t come!”
Kendall Nicole Jenner is the 20-year-old daughter of Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner. She is two years older than the other daughter of Kris and Caitlyn, Kylie.
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