Famous person sues someone for looking like her

Famous person sues someone for looking like herKim Kardashian sued the woman below

Famous person sues someone for looking like herMelissa Molinaro


Reality TV celebrity Kim Kardashian sued another woman, singer and reality TV celebrity Melissa Molinaro, for appearing in an Old Navy TV commerical. Ms. Kardashian’s suit claims that since Ms. Molinaro is using her image to sell products, the fact that she looks like Ms. Kardashian might deceive and confuse consumers.

Can modern technology confuse one woman with another? I tested Ms. Kardashian’s claim of deception by using Google’s "search by image" function, where it searches and finds visually similar images. I used the above image of Ms. Kardashian, which returned 1,630,000 "similar" images. Here are a few I found on the first page of results:

Famous person sues someone for looking like herCaroline D’Amore, a model and actress

Famous person sues someone for looking like herKanye West, a rap singer who dated Ms. Kardashian
I didn’t realize Google’s image algorithm is smart enough to also find people who’ve slept with the first image.

Famous person sues someone for looking like herPriyanka Chopra, an Indian actress and former Miss World

Famous person sues someone for looking like herRihanna, a musician

Famous person sues someone for looking like herMusician Justin Bieber in a scary-looking photo I hope is fake. It looks uncomfortably like the actor Steve Buscemi.
If we search Google Images using Melissa Molinaro’s photo, we get about 200,000 results. Excluding any images of Ms. Molinaro, they include:

Famous person sues someone for looking like herApril Kelly, a finalist for Miss Cork 2011 in Ireland

Famous person sues someone for looking like herAnna Popplewell, an actress who appeared in "The Chronicles of Narnia" movies

Famous person sues someone for looking like herPelli Kani Prasad, an Indian actress

Famous person sues someone for looking like herSarah Hyland, an actress who appears on the TV show "Modern Family"

Famous person sues someone for looking like herSome guy at a children’s reception in Belgium

– Kim Kardashian sues Old Navy over lookalike in ads, Yahoo News>>
– Old Navy Records Presents: "Super C-U-T-E" by The Audio Threadz, YouTube>>
– Kim Kardashian, Wikipedia>>
– Melissa Molinaro, Wikipedia>>

2 thoughts on “Famous person sues someone for looking like her”

  • TacoDave says:

    There’s an internet meme of adding Steve Buscemi’s eyes to photos of people. I assume that’s why the Bieber picture looks so much like him…

  • Bob Brown says:

    TacoDave: I thought I was up on most of the Internet memes, but I hadn’t seen Buscemi eyeballs. Of course, the real strange thing is why Bieber with Buscemi’s eyes comes up in a search for Melissa Molinaro.

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