Let them drink Lemonade: Beyonce sells images of women’s liberation, while also selling clothing produced by women’s exploitation

These quotes are taken from a very well written piece in The Fashion Law blog. I noticed I hesitated before posting this, both because Queen Bey is so well loved (an understatement) and because I am not a black woman. But at the end of the day, the people who matter most to me are not the Beyhive but the seamstresses whose products are being sold to “support and inspire women.” 

Beyoncé’s new Ivy Park collection is made in sweatshop conditions by laborers, who earn as little as $6.17 a day, according to sources, including The Telegraph. The mega-star and so-called feminist’s collection hit shelves last month and allegedly aims to “support and inspire women.” …

The workers, mostly young women from poor rural villages, can only afford to live in boarding houses, which are often provided (at a cost) by the factory owners, and work more than 60 hours a week to make ends meet…

Beyonce’s team has released a statement saying: “Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading program. We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams worldwide work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance.” [link]

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