Artist AleXsandro Palombo Takes Legal Action Against Cardi B

Artist AleXsandro Palombo Vowed to Take Legal Action Against Cardi B, for Appropriating His Art For Her Halloween Costume.

Nov 26, 2022By Angela Davic, News, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and Analysis
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Artist AleXsandro Palombo accused Cardi B of stealing his work without his consent. Everything happened after she dressed like Marge Simpson for Halloween, complete with Thierry Mugler. Also, the artist hired Claudio Volpi as his attorney. Volpi is an intellectual property law specialist.


Palombo Requests to Be Acknowledged

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The American rapper posted a photo slideshow to her 143 million followers. One of the photos also includes her dressed up as Marge in a racy Thierry Mugler dress. It also included an artwork that was an inspiration for the look. Photographer Jora Frantzis and Cardi B’s stylist Kollin Carter also shared the slideshow.


Cardi B did not mention the artist’s name in the post, but the work belongs to the Italian artist AleXsandro Palombo. Palombo created it in 2013 as part of his series Marge Simpsons Style Icon. Palombo and Claudio Volpi will take legal action against the famous singer.


Image courtesy of aleXsandro Palombo.


“Cardi B has illegitimately appropriated the work of AleXsandro Palombo for mere business purposes. In defiance of the most elementary rules on copyright and Instagram policies, with the consequent serious risks, both of compensation and of discredit for her public image”, he said in a statement.

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AleXsandro Palombo contacted Carter, Frantzis, and the public relations staff of Atlantic Records, according to Volpi, via his publicist. But, he only got an answer from Frantzis. Frantzis also said he wasn’t “aware there was an artist behind this image previously”, but that she would be “happy to add the credits”.


Artist Alexsandro Palombo’s Work Shows Women’s Emancipation and Gender Equality

Alexsandro Palombo


The artist responded by asking everyone concerned to create a subsequent “remedial” post, giving him due credit. Also, he requested a link to his Instagram page. Evidently, no one responded to the previous communication.


Volpi took legal action, threatening to ask for AleXsandro Palombo’s compensation if they don’t cooperate. The inspiration for Palombo’s work came from an image of a model wearing a Thierry Mugler outfit from 1995. The dress also has back cuts that show the woman’s bottom.


AleXsandro Palombo intended for it to be “reflection on women’s emancipation and gender equality”. The artist stated that by using the work without his consent, she is “debasing its original meaning”.

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By Angela DavicNews, Discoveries, In-depth Reporting, and AnalysisAngela is a journalism student at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and received a scholarship for continued education in Prague. She completed her internship at the daily newspaper DANAS and worked as an executive editor at Talas.