Nicki Minaj seems to be a magnet for negative press these days. First there was the uproar over her use of Malcolm X’s photo for the artwork for her new single. Now she’s being sued by a hair stylist.
Terrence Davidson claims the former American Idol judge stole his wig designs and also cost him a possible reality show deal. And he says Minaj should pay–$30 million!
Remember when Minaj abruptly fired her hair stylist in 2013 and debuted a new look? Well, Davidson claims there was more behind the move than an image makeover.
Davidson, who filed the suit in Atlanta, worked for Minaj as her hair stylist from 2010 to 2013. He says it was his wigs that help her become a fashion trendsetter; the new Young Money Entertainment rapper become known as much for her outlandish wigs as for her rhymes. Davidson and his attorney, Christopher Chestnut, told CNN that Minaj is now selling wigs on her website based on Davidson’s designs.
“I see these wigs online,” said Davidson, who has also worked Patti LaBelle and rapper Remy Ma. “People are basically duplicating what I created for Nicki Minaj.”
Davidson’s attorney says the stylist is due.”Nicki Minaj is reaping great success and financial bounty reward for Terrence’s creative expertise, and he is entitled to participate in that,” Chestnut said. “Someone’s got to stand up for the artist. We applaud the fact that she’s making millions, but she’s also got to pay bounty to those whose creative designs she’s making millions off of.”
According to the complaint, Davidson says he make several wigs for Minaj, including the “Pink Upper Bun Wig,” the “Fox Fur Wig,” and the “Half Blonde-Half Pink Wig” that she wore for appearances such as the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards preshow. He also says that he was in talks with Minaj about launching a wig line together as well as entering into a reality show venture.
By 2012, the suit claims Davidson was shut out by Minaj and her management.
“On its face you might think, what this guy is suing over wigs,” Davidson’s attorney Chestnut said. “But we really have to consider this in context. Hair is a multibillion-dollar industry, but moreover these are not your grandma’s wigs. These are eclectic. They are decadent, and they are creative. This is about a brand that Terrence has built.”