"The painting was not about you or I"
Sunny Leone has been called out for replicating an artists’ work and auctioning it for charity.
This act was bought to everyone’s attention by the anonymous Instagram account, Diet Sabya.
It exposes any artist or designer who copies the work of others. Diet Sabya is known by numerous fashion and art enthusiasts.
This time it was actress Sunny Leone who was accused of copying the work of an artist, despite it being for charity.
Diet Sabya shared a comparison of both pieces of work, the original and the one created by Sunny. The post was captioned saying:
“We are all for charity, but stealing an artists’ original work – without credit – and auctioning it off for charity (as your own) is just dirty.”
Swiftly after this accusation was made, Sunny Leone did not keep quiet. In response, she said:
“Hello. Just to give you the correct information, I was just given a photograph of this piece of art. I then decided to paint it! At no time did I claim to come up with the idea.
“I simply painted a piece of art that I saw and loved. It should be taken as a compliment as it was being donated to cancer patients for charity. Nothing more and nothing less.
“Sorry, you don’t like the version that I chose to create while helping children in need.”
“The painting was not about you or I. It was about trying to help!!!! Best of luck!!!! Keep creating.”
It was not long before the original artist got involved. The famous piece of work was by Malika Favre, a French artist located in London.
Her artistic flair is bold yet minimal, which has led her to become one of the UK’s most sought after graphic artists.
Her impressive clientele list includes high profile brands like Vogue, BAFTA, Sephora and many more. Malika in response to Sunny’s comment went on to condemn her efforts. She replied:
“Sunny Leone a credit would have been the minimum. Intellectual property is a thing you know?
“What if I didn’t want a copy of my work to be copied by you and auctioned? The cause is commendable, the attitude not so much?”
What do you think? Was Sunny Leone simply doing a good deed to help children in need? Or was Sunny wrong for copying Malika’s work and auctioning it?