YouTuber and Instagram personality Pia Muehlenbeck is ripping into a detox tea company for photoshopping its products into her photos and reposting them without her permission.
The company in question, SkinnyMint Teatox, has been posting photos of Muehlenbeck posing with the controversial product on its Instagram account. Only problem? Muehlenbeck didn’t actually pose for said photos. Instead, SkinnyMint Teatox took photos from Muehlenbeck’s own account, edited the product in, and reposted them onto the company’s Instagram. And Muehlenbeck is not okay with the intellectual property theft OR the idea that she’d endorse the product in question.
The influencer took to Twitter to voice her frustrations. Sharing one of SkinnyMint Teatox’s altered pics, she tweeted, “Stolen photo with @SkinnyMintCom product photoshopped into place. Obviously fake. I want to call them out on my Instagram stories but don’t want to give them the publicity. Unfortunately, they would probably actually get more sales if I made this IP theft more public.”
Muehlenbeck, who owns lifestyle and yoga brand SLINKII Athletic, also explained why the company’s actions weren’t just wrong but bad business. “Imagine if I started photoshopping SLINKII yoga pants on to girls wearing other brands. ?? Such a stupid business choice,” she tweeted.
Posting another example, Muehlenbeck wasn’t afraid to mock the company’s bad photoshop skills either. “Here’s another photo that @SkinnyMintCom have stolen and photoshopped (very badly) their tea into place,” she said.
For now, it seems as though SkinnyMint Teatox has removed the photos of the popular YouTuber from its account, but the company hasn’t issued any comments on her accusations of theft. Allure’s request for comment had not be returned at time of publication.
If ever there was a time to get sipping on some (non-dangerous) tea, it’s now.