Beauty vlogger Alexandria Nicole recently exposed a website, dresslily.com, for posting a picture of her to sell a wig. Funny thing is, she isn’t wearing a wig, nor did she give them permission to use her photo.
She posted the following image to Instagram with the caption;
“Really. ? I’m not wearing a wig. Never wear wigs. @dresslily just sent you all an email. Please remove my image! There are a few people who I follow/follow me whose pictures are on the site under a “wig”, y’all might wanna go take a look. #dresslily #fake”
It is quite common for businesses to steal pictures of vloggers and bloggers without giving them credit or completely fabricating the relationship between the person and site or product. Stealing pictures off the web is much cheaper than hiring a model to wear the product, and obviously natural hair is going to look better than the actual wig. Of course, she asked them to take it down. But their response, while entirely wrong, is one that is truly original. After they were contacted, they said they would look into the matter. Instead, they updated the photo with the following:
Again, this is SO wrong — stealing pictures is a copyright issue and incredibly frustrating to the content creator. No one wants their picture plastered all over a cheap wig site. However, I can’t stop laughing at this horrible photoshop job, especially with the eyebrow merging into the hairline.
Unfortunately, the ordeal left a bad taste in Nicole’s mouth (with good reason), but it now seems as if the issue has been resolved.
The photo was being used on not one, but THREE sites, but it looks like all of them have now been removed.
Moral of the story to wig sites: STOP STEALING PICTURES.