She may have built a career around the name, but Kylie Minogue is now concerned a US reality TV star is trying to cash in on the Kylie moniker.
Kylie Jenner, the 18-year old star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the youngest member of the Kardashian family is trying to trademark the name ‘Kylie’ in the US, but the Australian pop star is having none of it.
Minogue, who launched her singing career in 1988 and continues to record three decades on, is furious the up-and-coming reality star is trying to buy the name she has been trading on since her debut album, Kylie.
Much like Madonna and Adele, Kylie has traded on her first name only for much of her career.
And her lawyers are willing to get dirty.
“Ms Jenner is a secondary reality television personality who appeared on the television series Keeping Up With the Kardashians as a supporting character, to Ms Jenner’s half-sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian (i.e., the Kardashians),” reads the fiery filing.
“Ms Jenner is active on social media where her photographic exhibitionism and controversial posts have drawn criticism from, e.g., the Disability Rights and African-American communities.”
The documents refer to a recent Interview Magazine cover starring Jenner sitting in a wheelchair.
At just 18 years old, Jenner is already quite the businesswoman, with sold-out fashion lines and a number one app with her older sister Kendall Jenner.
Minogue made her feelings about the tug-of-war clear in a Tweet last week, writing “Hello … My name is KYLIE”.
The Tweet seemed a clear stab at Jenner, and drew support from Minogue’s two million followers.
“Your throne is secure,” replied one user.
“The one and only,” wrote another.
Hello….. My name is KYLIE #lightyears
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) February 28, 2016