Beyoncé's ‘Empowering’ Activewear Range Is Reportedly Made Using ‘Sweat Shop Slavery’

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 3 years ago | News

Image: Beyoncé models one of her Ivy Park pieces. Image source. 

In news that will surprise no-one who understands the 'fast fashion' supply chain, or the hypocrisy of developed world feminism, Beyoncé's new activewear range is
reportedly being made by sweatshop workers in Sri Lanka, who earn as little as £4.30 per day.

Beyoncé's new activewear range is called Ivy Park, and is a ‘joint design project’ between herself and Topshop. Beyoncé has said the range will “support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance” and Topshop claimed the clothing will “empower women through sport”, but the Sun on Sunday has reported Ivy Park was made by women in Sri Lanka earning half the minimum wage.

One 22-year-old sewing machine operator reportedly told the Sun on Sunday she earned 18,500 rupees per month ($172 a month, which is around half the Sri Lankan average wage).

While MAS Holdings reportedly pays all of its workers at least the minimum wage of 13,500 rupees per month, campaigners argue the living wage is actually around three times this: 43,000 rupees.

Jakub Sobik, from the charity Anti-Slavery International, told the Sun on Sunday: “This is a form of sweat shop slavery”.

While the conditions this machinist is reportedly working under are reprehensible under any circumstances, the fact that they are in the service of producing clothing which markets itself as being empowering for women is so much more problematic.

Via the Sun on Sunday, the Telegraph, and the Daily Life.

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