Taylor Swift Donates to Black In Fashion Council After Backlash From 'Folklore' Rip-Off Claims
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Taylor Swift Donates to Black In Fashion Council After Backlash From 'Folklore' Rip-Off Claims

Black designers just want credit for their work, so they’re making sure the industry holds those who rip them off accountable.

In regards to her forthcoming album, singer Taylor Swift received major backlash this week from Black-owned brand The Folklore — a website for up and coming designers from Africa — and founder Amira Rasool who accused Swift of ripping off the brand’s logo for her album’s merchandise, Business Insider reports.

InStyle reports that after a friend of hers pointed out the brand’s logo on Swift’s merchandise, Rasool feared her plans to highlight “The Folklore” logo — for her upcoming in-house line — would be ruined as consumers may assume she’s copying off of the singer’s line.

“Initially I was so shocked,” she told InStyle. “I’d heard of so many different Black women in particular who had been ripped off by large corporations by celebrities. And I just couldn’t believe that it was happening to me.”

Rasool took to social media to call more attention to her claims.

Though she didn’t solely blame the singer, Rasool told Instyle she planned to take legal action against her and her team because “Taylor is the one who’s profiting off of it.”

In response to the accusations, Swift came forward to clear her name and proposed donations to The Folklore and Black In Fashion Council as a peace offering.

Since then Swift has done a quick rebrand, according to Women’s Wear Daily, changing the name of her merchandise from “The Folklore” to “Folklore.”

The situation may be able to get resolved without further legal action as Rasool took to Twitter again to express her appreciation for Swift recognizing the damage from the situation.

Swift has yet to specify how much she plans to donate to the brand and the Black In Fashion Council, but more details to come.

For more information on The Folklore, visit their website.