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16th May 2016

Reports allege Beyoncé’s Ivy Park range is manufactured in sweat shops

Seriously Mrs. Carter?

Well, this is disappointing.

Beyoncé is on fire lately – her Lemonade visual album is selling like hot cakes, she made a flawless appearance at the Met Gala Ball and she’s currently travelling the world with her Formation tour.

How does she do it all?


via Giphy

But these new reports are kinda bursting the Beyoncé bubble for many fans as the allege her Topshop Ivy Park collection is being manufactured in sweatshops.

Considering Beyoncé and husband Jay Z are worth a combined €964 million, it’s a little odd to think Queen Bey is only paying her Sri Lankan seamstresses just €5.46 a day.

The workers, mostly young women from poor rural villages, can only afford to live in boarding houses and work more than 60 hours a week to make ends meet.

One machinist speaking to The Suntold of how she earns 18,500 rupees (€110.71) a month, which is about half the Sri Lankan average wage, for a nine and three-quarter hour shift, five days a week, plus overtime.

bgifvia Giphy

The 22-year-old machinist, living in a cramped 100-room boarding house near the factory in Katunayake, close to Colombo airport, said:

“All we do is work, sleep, work, sleep.”

What the hell Bey?

Beyoncé has yet to comment on the matter.