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Tyra Banks Sues

Wigmakers Stole

My Very, Very Famous Name

10/1/2013 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1001-tyra-banks-wig-gettyYou can't go slapping Tyra Banks' name willy-nilly on wigs -- not without her slapping back with a massive lawsuit for 10 million dollars ... TMZ has learned.

Tyra just filed a lawsuit in L.A. County against 10 companies that make wigs ... and in the suit she claims they're all biting her "name, photograph, image, and identity" -- as well as her trademarks.

We know squat about wigs ... but some quick research revealed several of the companies do have Tyra's photos and Tyra inspired wigs on their websites.

A few examples: The Yaki straight[Tyra-Banks style] wig, the Tyra Banks custom lace wig #046, and our fave -- the Tyra Banks inspired human hair wig. We're guessing it's not actually TB's hair you're buying ... although it does cost $300!

Several pages of the lawsuit are spent on spelling out how valuable her trademark is because she's a huge star ... and to prove it her IMDB profile -- all 11 pages -- are attached to the suit as Exhibit A.

To be fair, the suit also refers to Tyra as a "former supermodel."

TB is suing for an injunction to stop the sale of the infringing products -- and at least $10 million in damages.

Fun fact: Tyra's first acting credit was Jackie Ames on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in 1995. Thanks Exhibit A.

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Dead account Delete at will    

She is absolutely stunning looking.

297 days ago
2.

b    

She wears wigs?

297 days ago
3.

Truth    

OH PLEEEEASSSSE... HER IMDB PAGE IS A JOKE AND WREAKS OF DESPERATION. HER ENTIRE LIST OF CREDITS ARE HER DUMB ASS REALITY SHOWS (EVERY FREAKIN EPISODE), TALK SHOW APPEARANCES, AND GUEST APPEARANCES ON LAME TV SHOWS, AWARD SHOWS. BASICALLY SH*T SHE PLAYS DRESS UP IN... MEHHHH, LAME. #TRUTH!!

297 days ago
4.

Kabala    

Oh shut up girl

297 days ago
5.

KicksandGiggles    

To Tyra: According to Celebrity Networth.com, you are worth about $90 million right now. Please kindly STFU while the rest of us worry about this fkd up govt and if we will be able to pay our mortgages and eat. So sorry $90 million is not enough for you.

297 days ago
6.

Carl    

Did she have a stroke? Her face looks like it is drooping on one side.

297 days ago
7.

Just_Me    

Damn she is GORGEOUS!
Sit on my face any day, Tyra.

297 days ago
8.

FUT THE SHUCK UP    

Yes you're pretty but get over yourself lady. Age is coming.

297 days ago
9.

Piper    

Hate the ugly smelly skank.

297 days ago
10.

Carriejane    

This is 100% different than that stupid Will I AM lawsuit..She actually has a reason to sue ! Go get Tyra !!

297 days ago
11.

Kelly    

She's ashy.

297 days ago
12.

some guy    

Wait... so who's the 'merkin' named after?

297 days ago
13.

theelephantintheroom    

could you guys PLEASE stop using the term willy-nilly. i'm so ****in sick of it.

297 days ago
14.

tmz addict    

hmph... stole... or... did business with :).... one requires to pay tyra and all her friends because out of the million people who see her ad 1,000+ will buy them! For you out there people

297 days ago
15.

EnquirerLover    

Tyra. Be grateful someone still using your name honey.

297 days ago
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