The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan wants to trademark her name. She should be so lucky...
One is a world famous popstar with three decades of music industry experience and 70 million album sales to her name, the other is the youngest member of a ferociously commercial reality TV dynasty.
Now Kylie Jenner and Kylie Minogue are going head-to-head in a legal battle over their shared first name.
The furore began when Kylie Jenner sought to trademark her first name in the US to cover her rapidly expanding clothing and beauty lines. Jenner’s massive commercial raft already includes nail varnish collaborations with Opi, a clothing line with Topshop, a best-selling lip kit and a vastly successful app that has even outsold her sister Kim’s.
But Kylie Minogue’s camp have decided this (showbiz) town ain’t big enough for the both of them. The team of lawyers representing Minogue have referred to her as a ‘secondary reality television personality’ while their client Minogue is by contrast an ‘internationally renowned performing artist, humanitarian, and breast cancer activist.’
Minogue herself has shown her anger over the attempted trademark by tweeting her 2.3 million followers ‘Hello… My name is KYLIE #lightyears’ which makes it pretty clear how she feels about the attempted identity theft.
Arguably Kylie Jenner’s celebrity is the first big threat Kylie Minogue has had to face in her 30 years as a popstar. Long before Jenner was even born Minogue was the biggest Kylie on the block, but even if Jenner loses out on this particular legal battle the 18-year-old and her massive fanbase (52.9 million Instagram followers and counting) aren’t going anywhere.
Kylie vs Kylie
Kylie Minogue: 47
Kylie Jenner: 18
Kylie Minogue: 2.3 million
Kylie Jenner: 14.5 million
Kylie Minogue: 70 million
Kylie Jenner: 0
Kylie Minogue: Neighbours
Kylie Jenner: Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Number of trademarked perfumes
Kylie Minogue: 10
Kylie Jenner: 2
Ability to break the internet
Kylie Minogue: had it happened ten years later, the gold hotpants of 2000 would have almost certainly done this
Kylie Jenner: no single incident, but plenty of solid attempts