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Kim Kardashian accepts no imitations! The reality star has settled the multi-million dollar lawsuit she brought against Old Navy last July, after the clothing brand allegedly used a Kim K lookalike in an ad campaign.
Kardashian settled on Wednesday for an undisclosed amount, but it's most likely a big chunk of change -- since she was reportedly suing the company for $20 million dollars. Why the big number? The reality star alleged that Old Navy intentionally sought out an actress who looked like her, so that people would think she was associated with the brand. Sure enough, the actress in the commercials, Melissa Molinaro, has a very Kardashian vibe. (Watch below and see for yourself!)
Molinaro, however, insists that it was never Old Navy's intention to mimic Kim's look. In an interview with E! News last year, the commercial actress explained that she answered a casting call for a "true dance-pop superstar" in the vein of Prince, Lady Gaga, Madonna and David Bowie. In other words: Old Navy wanted her to play a music-world celebrity, not a reality star.
Furthermore, Molinaro swore she doesn't resemble Kardashian in real life, and claimed that she's more often compared to other celebs like Eva Longoria, Nicole Scherzinger and Vanessa Marcil. (Molinaro is an aspiring pop star in her own right, and was a contestant on Making the Band 3 in 2005). Nor did she have any intention of profiting from the resemblance.
"You're not going to find me at a bar mitzvah or someone's birthday doing (a Kim Kardashian impersonation)," the commercial star joked.
The terms of the settlement between Kardashian and Old Navy are confidential -- but it's a safe bet that Old Navy commercials will feature actual celebrities from now on.