Rihanna wins lawsuit against Topshop


When you’re as huge of a star as Rihanna you’re not only a singer but a brand. With her foot already well and truly in the fashion doors, the Bajan beauty wasn’t about to allow her brand to be diluted when Topshop began selling clothing bearing her face without permission – and sued the high-street giant, coming out on top with the High Court ruling in her favour.

Rihanna tshirtThe six-time Grammy winner began court proceedings after Topshop began distributing t-shirts with her face printed on them without permission, giving her fans the [incorrect] idea that she had endorsed the item.

Her Majesty’s High Court ruled that the t-shirts gave her fans and customers a ‘false belief’ that the merchandise was authorised by the singer, with the judge commenting that the sale of the t-shirt was damaging to Rihanna’s ‘goodwill’ and represented a loss of control over her reputation in the ‘fashion sphere.’

A representative for Topshop says that they are, “surprised and disappointed by the judgment handed down” and “robustly dispute the judge’s decision.”

“We feel that the fact that Rihanna has shopped, worn and had a relationship with Topshop for several years appears to have been detrimental to our case. There was no intention by Topshop to create the appearance of an endorsement or promotion.”

Rihanna originally sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for £3.3 million, but there’s no word yet on how big the pay out will be as damages are yet to be determined.