Former Project Runway contestant Michael Costello is in hot water with the BeyHive. He allegedly tweeted out a racial slur in a heated moment over a stolen dress design. Now he is known to have dressed black celebrities like Tamar Braxton, Ashanti, Gabourey Sidibe, and many others. He also uses black models in his fashion shows. Money is the color of green however so if he is a racist, that will not stop him from getting money from black people.
So here is the tea! Two weeks ago, an up and coming designer named Maxine James was beyond elated when she received a payment for a dress from Costello’s partner Stephanie. That excitement turned into anger when she saw the dress posted on Costello’s Instagram page with no credit given to Maxine as being the designer. It was posted as if it was their own design. Maxine says
When I received pymt from @mtcostello @michaelcostello a week ago I was lost for words… excited but a TAD confused … I called wubs like “wow my favorite designer just purchased a dress from me wow he wants a dress from little ol me?! Like this man makes dresses for freakin BEYONCE and he just bought a dress from me!” a week later This happens he literally bought my EXACT dress … Put it on HIS model took pictures in HIS showroom as if he designed this piece his self. It’s so disheartening I couldn’t help but shed a tear… Him as a designer should know first hand how heart breaking it is for ppl to take something you worked so hard on …..It’s like why? Who does that? I mean we ALL get inspired from some where but it is completely unfair to take someone’s EXACT design and EXACT dress at that and claim it as your own…. @michaelcostello You are already a well known designer you design dresses for TOP celebrities… Why would you do something so low? I put so much into my brand … I eat sleep breath it… I paid for so many mistakes while making this design I went through so much to make it perfect …for it to fit perfectly… patterns..grading …cut… Production …photo shoots ALL OF THAT and you literally take my EXACT DRESS and claim it as your own … I tried to reach out to you and you block me ? Like seriously … It’s extremely disheartening I TRUELY did look up to you as a designer…you were one of my favorites….I hope this lasts you for a life time … because God will never continue to bless someone who does evil malicious things like this…. Period
Maxine also posted receipts…..no actually real receipts to prove it.
Once this was posted, readers of Maxine accused Costello of stealing. He then responded:
The BeyHive got wind of him dropping Beyonce’s name in the same sentence. They went to Bey and her stylist Ty via Twitter and Facebook pleading with them to cut ties with a racist.
Costello then posted saying he never said any racial slurs.
The hurtful screenshot circulating is fake and does not represent my views on society, nor do I condone the use of such a terrible term. It deeply saddens me that an individual would go to such lengths at an attempt to demean and misrepresent my character. My designs are centered on accentuating the inherent and natural beauty found in EVERY woman. My career would not be where it is today without the support of individuals from all walks of life.
We are currently looking into this urgent matter to identify the culprit. At this time, we have reason to believe the fake image was edited and circulated by a disgruntled intern who is no longer employed at Michael Costello. Once the individual is fully identified, we intend to pursue legal action.
John Legend’s wife got into the mix by posting:
For his sake I hope he didn’t say that but you never know. This is a shady business!
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