Let’s face it, Doe Deere is edgy, fashionable, and incredibly beautiful. The Lime Crime founder also probably has followers saving screenshots of her Instagram posts by the thousands, especially since she has more than 300,000 followers.
After all, Doe Deere is a well-known beauty influencer. She started out designing and selling her own clothes on ebay, modeling them herself. But, Deere quickly found that she wanted her makeup to be vibrant and vivid to match her clothes, and she just couldn’t find any that “popped” enough for her. And so, Lime Crime cosmetics was born, a cruelty-free makeup line full of rich color and pigment. The line officially launched in 2008, quickly becoming a pioneer for independent online makeup retailers and brands thanks to smart business decisions like choosing to have actual lip swatches of lip products on the site.
So while the urge to screenshot Doe Deere’s posts is understandable, if you repost or share one of those images, you have to make sure to give credit. 66 year-old artist Richard Prince learned that the hard way.
Doe Deere looked otherworldly in the photo Prince saw, with azure waves framing her face, ivory skin, and classic red lips. In the photo, she held a small doll that had been created in her likeness, even with the same clothes. In Deere’s photo, she made sure to credit the maker of the doll, her friend Joshua David McKenney. By sharing and crediting his work, she wasn’t just showing her pride in the artfully crafted doll, but also hoping he would get more exposure and build a stronger fan base for himself. McKenney is quite talented. Even Richard Prince clearly thought so, though he should have been more careful with how he appreciated the work.
Prince had a 48-by-65-inch print made of the photo and sold it for $90,000 at the Frieze Art Fair. The problem? Prince did not credit McKenney for his work on the print, actually removing any mention of his name before having the print made. While McKenney was baffled to discover how easily his work and Doe Deere’s image was appropriated, he decided to look on the bright side; rather than having his Pidgin dolls considered as mere toys, they are clearly being recognized as the art form that they are.
Not to let Prince have the last word, Doe Deere posted the image on Instagram once more, with this caption, ““Just to clarify, this was my tribute to @pidgindoll, created by friend & artist @jdavidmckenney. @RichardPrince1234 removed my original caption, before printing and displaying it (without my knowledge) in the Frieze Gallery. I wanted to put the focus back onto where it belongs: the beautiful, hand-crafted doll.”
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