I don't know if you all remember, but when I did my Turquoise Nail Art Manicure a while back, I mentioned this. But today, a line was crossed and I'm pissed. I don't usually do these types of posts because well, I sort of hate doing them, but this has to be said.
To start with, I fancy myself a fairly loyal person. I find favorites, and I stick to them. I've used the same base and top coat for about 2 years. I've used the same face cleanser for 5 years. And MrCandiiPants happens to be one of my favorite nail art bloggers, and I will ALWAYS look to her for inspiration.
I've actually recreated a few MrCandiiPants tutorials, through videos and NOTW posts, so you're probably familiar with her at this point. She's the original designer behind those really pretty flower manis that you see above.
Today, however, a prominent YouTuber named MissJenFabulous took it too far and enough is enough.
MissJenFabulous calls herself a YouTube Beauty Guru and has a full playlist of "Beginner Nail Art" videos. Now, previously she's made some obviously similar nail art designs on her channel to other prominent nail art bloggers. Take a look at a screenshot from @JessFace90x's instagram:
Not only are there multiple manicures that MissJenFabulous has posted and called her own but also the corresponding original designs so you can see just how "creative" Jen is. AKA, she's not. She's stolen dozens of designs from people like Chalkboard Nails and CutePolish and never credits. What makes it worse is that she even won recognition from magazines for stolen ideas.
Today though, she posted a new "nail art for beginners" video in which she BLATANTLY steals MrCandiiPants' design. I'm saying this is more blatant than others because MrCandiiPants' design is so unique and so clearly hers that Jenny passing it off as her own is just absolutely ridiculous. The only time she even comes close to crediting the design is when she says "it's no wonder the design is so popular online." THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. What Jenny did was copy this design from MrCandiiPants:
Everybody online knows that his is HER design. She's been posting this design for over a year and has been doing recreations and variations of this design for at least a year. This particular mani is from 19 weeks ago, but her very first Instagram photo of this design is from 70 weeks ago. 70 WEEKS AGO. 70. That's 490 DAYS AGO.
Since then, Chalkboard Nails has really been the only popular nail blogger to recreate this design that I've seen, although I'm sure there are more:
And look, SHE CREDITS! Is it that hard? Apparently it is.
Since Chalboard Nails did this manicure, 30 Weeks ago as you can see in the date stamp in the top right corner, I even did my own version of this manicure but linked straight back to MrCandiiPants and Chalboard Nails:
I posted this video in May of 2013. And look, a link to Chalboard nails and MrCandiiPants' Youtube Channel.
MissJenFabulous is CLEARLY not the original designer, as you can see from the 3 photos above. Today though, she posted this on her Instagram, which is about her new YouTube video:
Within 2 minutes of that photo being posted, my comment was deleted. A different user actually replied to me and said "I thought so too!" and her comment was deleted as well. We were both blocked by MissJenFabulous and thus she became dead to me. I instantly unsubscribed. I instantly flagged that video for fraud, because that's what it is.
She's a fraud. She's completely a lying fake and I'm done. The world needs to know. You know, those other manicures were kind of different, and you could say she was "inspired" by those other nail artists. Even if "inspired" is a loose term. This though? This is ridiculous because there's no "inspired" with this manicure. Either you do it, or you don't. And she stole this idea from MrCandiiPants, and is now making money off of it because of her 300,000+ subscribers and 100,000+ followers on Instagram.
If you want more information on other manicures she's stolen, here's a full blog post by my friend Zenorah. You can not steal from one of my favorite people on the internet and NOT expect to have some consequences.
I URGE all of you to flag her videos where she's stolen designs and mark them as fraud. She's lying to everybody and will continue to steal from true artists unless something is done.
Moral of the story is, don't steal folks. Credit. No matter what, credit. It's not difficult and people wont' dislike you for crediting. In fact, they'll respect you more. Also, don't take weird internet photos of yourself in your underwear like Jenny did because it will come back to bite you in the ass. Yeah, I said it. See you in hell, Jenny - I look forward to ripping out your nails because you're a filthy nail art stealer.