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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Manicurist Aya Fukuda is accused of stealing away Lady Gaga as a client from nail salon

                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                         


 Lady Gaga's nails are the focus of a lawsuit against manicurist Aya Fukuda.
Lady Gaga's nails are the focus of a lawsuit against manicurist Aya Fukuda.
The claws are out at a Manhattan nail salon after one of its former manicurists allegedly stole top client Lady Gaga.
Cuticle guru Aya Fukuda is accused in a $35,000 Manhattan lawsuit of stealing the Fame Monster from Hair Room Service, a high-end salon service run by hair guru Michael Duenas.
According to the suit, Fukuda, a native of Japan, agreed when she signed an employment contract with HRS in July 2010 that she would not “appropriate any client” from Duenas’ business.
HRS says it booked Fukuda to work with Lady Gaga on many occasions between December 2010 and June 2011.
That’s when Fukuda’s lawyer told HRS she wanted to end their contract.
HRS said that when it refused to give Fukuda a termination agreement, she quit and continued to work with Gaga, billing her directly.
Fukuda's elaborate designs, including the creation of Gaga’s talon look and her fingertip application of Swarovski crystals and precious metals, have received a fair amount of attention in the last year.
HRS touted Fukuda's skills, telling the world that she designed Gaga’s fingertips for her “Born This Way” video.
Fukuda promised the firm 40% of everything she charged for the $200-plus manicures, court papers show.
Now the celebrity beauty service is asking for $25,000 in commissions and $10,000 in legal fees.
HRS, which says it services VIPs from Mariah Carey to Michael Bloomberg, does not name Lady Gaga in the suit.
Fukuda was unavailable to comment, but published reports quote her as saying that she has been “inspired by (Gaga’s) eccentric yet glamorous style.”
bross@nydailynews.com

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