Jasmine Star was once voted to be a “Top 10 Wedding Photographer in the World,” and one of the “Top 5 Most Influential Photographers” in her branch. Her work graced the pages of the world’s leading wedding publications and she was featured in industry publications alike. She claimed it was the business of her dreams and started teaching entrepreneurs on how to do the same.
However, the second stage of her career probably didn’t go down as smoothly as she would have hoped. Some three years ago, StopStealingPhotos.com brought to light how Jasmine had been plagiarizing inspirational quotes on Instagram and Facebook. After trying to spirit it away by deleting some of her posts, she eventually sort-of admitted by seemingly sincerely apologizing on Facebook, promising she would change.
But it seems like she’s having a little trouble with actually doing so. Three years after she “let people down with my social media interactions,” Jasmine seems to be at it again, once again publicized by StopStealingPhotos.com.
This time, SSP concludes there is some “heavy inspiration” to be found in Jasmine’s blog post “Insipiration Is For Amateurs,” when compared to a quote from Chuck Close. More and more people are agreeing with the findings and are trying to confront her with them. Some of those reactions seem to “disappear” after a while, suggesting that Jasmine might be trying to cover things up again. So far there’s been no official reaction from Jasmine, but we’re patient to see if one will ever come.
After reaching out to Jasmine for a comment, we received this reply on Wednesday:
Many thanks to the kind people who pointed out that this post strikes similarities to a Chuck Close quote. I am—and remain—totally inspired by who he is. I read his words and it stirred the desire to write my thoughts on Inspiration. My apologies for not attributing inspirational credit to him, but you can find his full quote where I first discovered it HERE. The similarities in words in like “do the work” and “waiting for lightening to strike” and “inspiration is for amateurs” were never intended to take credit for his words, but, rather, a distinct reflection of the verbiage I use with regularity, which blurred the lines of attributing credit. And this was a mistake. To those I’ve offended, I apologize. To those who’ve extended support and grace, thank you. – Jasmine Star