Beyonce’s new Ivy Park fashion line is supposed to ‘inspire and support women,’ but it may not inspire a livable wage. Bey’s sportswear is reportedly manufactured by Sri Lanka workers who are only paid 63 cents an hour!
Beyonce, 34, famously said that girls “Run The World.” They may also make her clothes for less than seven dollars a day. Bey’s come under fire after a report claims her Ivy Park fashion line are mad by “poverty stricken workers” who get paid just pennies per hour!
Beyonce’s new high street sportswear is made by sweatshop labor, according to a report by The Sun. Bey’s clothes are reportedly put together by “mostly young women from poor rural villages” in Sri Lanka who work 60 hours a week. Plus, after all their efforts, they reportedly only make about £4.30 (aka $6.19) a day.
“When they talk about women and empowerment, this is just for the foreigners,” one machinist told The Sun. Many workers were “reluctant to speak” out of fear of getting fired, but the one who reportedly raised their voice said, “They want the foreigners to think everything is OK.”
Despite these shocking claims, the workers are actually making twice the legal minimum wage, according to Women’s Wear Daily. In Sri Lanka, the absolute lowest one can get paid for a day’s work is 400 rupees or $2.68. MAS Holdings, the factory that makes Bey’s clothes, pays its workers almost three times the minimum wage. However, workers tell The Sun that they realistically need to make 43,000 rupees a month in order to live comfortably.
Ivy Park has slammed these allegations of sweatshop labor, claiming it “has a rigorous ethical trading program,” according to Vogue. “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.”
Sadly, even when making twice the minimum wage, the workers at this factory may never be able to afford the Ivy Park leggings they make. A single pair can run around $144, while other pieces in the collection range from $11 to $230.
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