Forever 21 Accused Of Copying T-Shirt That Benefits Planned Parenthood

By Channing Hargrove

Another day, another fast-fashion retailer has been accused of ripping off yet another indie designer. Unfortunately, this time around it’s not just a T-shirt you’ve seen all over Instagram — it’s one that benefits charity.

In July, Word Agency, a public relations, marketing, events and social firm based in Los Angeles introduced the Creator shirt, which, according to its website, was the company’s “contribution toward the fight for better women’s healthcare in the United States and abroad. Women are creators, givers of life the well being of a woman’s body should be of the utmost importance.” The shirt features the word “woman” in nine different languages, representing Word Agency’s “belief that feminism and human rights should be intersectional.” It retails for $25, and 25% of proceeds goes to Planned Parenthood.

On Friday, Word Agency took to Instagram to share that Forever 21 was selling a shirt clearly inspired by the one they created [at the time of publishing, searches for the tee were redirected to F21’s homepage]. The company uploaded side-by-side shots of its shirt and Forever 21’s version, writing, “Hey @forever21, we’re not ones to point fingers but this looks mighty familiar. For the record, we created this shirt with a purpose. Too bad they removed the Swahili, Arabic, Hebrew & Japanese 😡😡😡😡 #CreatorShirt #Forever21 DONATE ALL THE MONEY TO @plannedpa renthood.”

In July, when Forever 21 was accused of ripping off Wildfang’s Wild Feminist tee, CEO and designer Emma Mcilroy shared her frustration with Refinery29. “I would love to know how much everyone in that supply chain was paid, because I can tell you can tell you that I pay well above minimum wage for anyone in my company,” she said. “I don’t know how you make a garment like that — ethically and sustainably — for 10 bucks.”

We reached out to Forever 21 and Word Agency for comment and will update this piece if/when we hear back.

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