The British retailer was using Rih Rih's image on an unauthorized tank top.
Rihanna has officially won her case against Topshop for using her image on a shirt without her permission. The singer went after the British brand when the "Rihanna tank" was released, leading the retailer to change the T-shirt's name to "Headscarf Girl Tank" and "Icon Tank." Rihanna wasn't satisfied as she didn't want customers to feel like she endorsed the product. In addition, Rih Rih has been trying to make her way into the fashion industry through a line with another British brand, River Island.
"I am quite satisfied that many fans of Rihanna regard her endorsement as important," High Court Justice Colin Birss said in his ruling. "She is their style icon. Many will buy a product because they think she has approved of it. Others will wish to buy it because of the value of the perceived authorization itself. In both cases they will have been deceived."
The case had been going on for more than a year with Topshop saying that the image was obtained by and purchased from the photographer who took the shot. Topshop said it didn't intend to deceive their customers and is considering an appeal.
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(Photos from left: Will Alexander/WENN.com, Courtesy of TopShop)