Why Cara Delevingne’s Feminist Sweatshirt Is Creating Controvery

As much as all the conservative, white men in the world say otherwise, any self-respecting woman knows that the future is female.  Recently, Cara Delevingne has been one of those women, rocking a “The Future is Female” t-shirt as she galavants across town.  Unsurprisingly, people were about it. 

However, when Cara Delevingne made the decision to sell her own version of it with proceeds going to charity, suddenly people were not about it.  Why?  According to Rachel Berks, owner of LA-based design studio Otherwild, the world’s favorite ex-super model ripped her off.

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Cara and her ‘The Future Is Female’ t-shirt

In an Instagram comment that has since been deleted Berks said this of Delevingne:

“She has not informed her 20mil+ followers that she got the #thefutureisfemale sweatshirt from Otherwild even though there was an article in the NY Times about her receiving it from her girlfriend St. Vincent from OW just 2 weeks ago.”  She also went on to add that Cara had, “No politics, ethics or regard for the legal tenets, No sense of shame. No regard for feminist, queer-owned small business. This is how you support a cause? This is not the female future.”

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Otherwild’s “The Future Is Female” t-shirts

As the NY Times article points out, the t-shirt was originally made for Labyris Books (the 1st women’s bookstore in NYC) in 1972, gaining cult status when photographer Liza Cowan photographed her then-girlfriend Alix Dobki wearing it in 1975. 

While obviously Otherwild is not the creator of “The Future Is Female”, Rachel Berks assures us all that their “reissue and redesign of the slogan is protected under copyright law, which mandates that any reproduction of an existing known public work must be altered at least 20% from the original.”  

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While Cara’s link has since been updated to credit Otherwild for the original shirt design, the question remains did Cara rip them off, or is Otherwild just being defensive?

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