Art is one long game of creative telephone, but when you draw inspiration from a contemporary, and especially if you’re a rich and famous celebrity taking inspiration from an artist who’s a member of a marginalized community, it’s definitely nice to give a shout-out!
Enter Tyra Banks, stage left.
The supermodel/actress/TV host recently partnered with Paper Magazine for a super sexy ‘Queen of the Jungle’ shoot.
Paper shared the most striking photo, which also happens to be the one used to promote the feature, on Instagram with the hashtag #BreakTheInternet:
Almost immediately, fans noticed something a bit strange about the look — something even stranger than the fact that Tyra transformed into a spiked bikini-clad tigress.
“This is very @nina_bonina_brown,” wrote one commenter.
“Ooooh @nina_bonina_brown they done stole yo look,” chimed another.
“Silence!! I’ve made my decision. Nina Bonina Bonham Carter Brown shantay you stay, Tyra Banks sashay away,” wrote yet another, channeling Ru.
Nina Bonina Louis-Dryfus Brown made a name for herself on season nine of Drag Race with ultra-creative makeup transformations (her Georgia peach was everything).
One of her most memorable getups was this, ahem, similar look:
Over on Twitter, it’s a similar story:
are we really pretending that Tyra Banks' cat look for Paper isn't a blatant rip off from Nina Bonina Brown? no art is original but they could've tried a little harder to hide the appropriation lmao
— AJ? (@weiblingg) November 28, 2017
Nina Bonina Tyra Banks Brown pic.twitter.com/ipgk6w5DaL
— Harry (@Clarkhf) November 28, 2017
Nina Bonina Tyra Banks Brown!
Shantay, You stay! https://t.co/aEq7EerbAQ
— #HEADWARLOCK (@JoshuaAlthina) November 27, 2017
What do you think? Is this a purrfectly reasonable coincidence or did Tyra (or her makeup artist) think Nina’s look was the cat’s meow and get her claws all up in it?