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Designer Accuses Nicki Minaj Of Stealing Her Pom-Pom Design

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Nicki Minaj might be hoping her latest fashion controversy goes up in a puff of smoke.

The Harajuku Barbie is used to causing a stir in her zany and colorful outfits but she’s not used to causing tears. But when the 28-year-old rapper attended the Carolina Herrera Spring 2012 runway show as part of New York Fashion Week and sat next to Vogue‘s Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, the pom-pom covered jacked that was intended to create fireworks, instead created waterworks for Jessica Rogers.

The 21-year-old designer of SomedayNewYorker from Tulsa, Oklahoma is claiming that Nicki ripped off the “puff-ball” design that has been her signature for over three years. “I was destroyed when I saw these photos,” Jessica wrote on her blog. “I was in tears by the fact that she was next to Anna Wintour. One of my personal icons and someone that I admire. I had hoped that one day she would see my garments and she would have seen it as a completely original idea. After the tears had gone I thought to myself, How could someone copy my work? Something that I have put so much of my time into. Also, I’m disturbed by the fact that the knock off doesn’t look that good to begin with. I with they would have just had me send out a garment that was well done and wearable art. I want people to know that it was my idea, yet I also want people to know that I would not send out a garment like this. I would have made the design less intricate and simpler.”

According to Jessica, she had been in contact with Nicki’s stylists and even sent images of her work, including the puff-ball dress, to the “Super Bass” rapper’s camp, but never heard a word back leaving her heartbroken. “I’ve worked very hard to make my dream of being a fashion designer come true,” Jessica told Fashionista.com. I have built contacts with Teen Vogue, Gaga, Katy Perry, and Marina and the Diamonds has worn my garments. [Now,] I feel like everything has crumbled down.”

Jessica claims that Nicki’s camp got even ballsier. She contacted them, hoping they could “take a bad situation and turn it into a good situation,” but instead was “harassed.” “I ended up getting a call from the woman whom I will not name and she said she wasn’t [Nicki Minaj's] stylist anymore,” Jessica alleges. “Then [she] started yelling at me, harassing me, and telling me that its a small community and I better watch what I say. I believe that she called me instead of emailed me because she did not want to have written proof that she had yelled and harassed me.”

Jessica Rogers has gone on the record blatantly calling Nicki a swagger jacker so we think it’s odd that someone clearly not afraid to create a stir would not share the name of the person that supposedly “harassed her” from Nicki’s camp. Another person not buying Jessica’s story is Nicki’s styling and image consultant, Joel Dash who believes Jessica is puffing hot air.

“That whole story about Nicki Minaj supposedly ‘stealing ideas’ or her styling team being in contact with that unknown designer is a complete fabrication,” Joel told YBF.com. “It is false! This is just a designer who wants attention. We have never been in contact with this particular designer on behalf of Nicki or any other clients we currently work with.”

Joel then stated the puff-ball jacket in question was actually created by a Japanese designer named DOG. “Please contact them to verify that we did not ask them to create this pieces specifically but rather saw it in their lookbook and we simply requested this look for Nicki. We are not sure who created the piece first, for all we know, she copied DOG,” Joel added.

Check out more of Jessica’s designs below and here. Do you think Nicki stole her ballsy couture?

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