Mattel is suing over Nicky Minaj's 'Barbie-Que' chips

We've seen all kinds of collaborations between celebs and food brands over the years. After all, the West Coast gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg even has a children's breakfast cereal. But one pun-happy collaboration between a snack company and the Trinidadian artist Nicky Minaj hasn't amused everyone.

Minaj, who uses Barbie as a nickname and whose discography includes the tracks Barbie Dreams and Barbie Tingz, has been treated to her own signature 'Barbie-que' flavour potato chips from US snack maker Rap Snacks. With a honey truffle flavour (obviously), the chips come in packaging that features Minaj with pink hair, a pink dress and a Barbie pendant, and a font that bears more than a passing resemblance to the official Barbie logo. And if the snack company thought Barbie's manufacturer might not notice, it was very wrong. It should perhaps read our guide to how designers can deal with plagiarism.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.