So, if you’re active on Instagram you’ve probably seen the accusations of exploitation against Kendall and Kylie Jenner – it’s not just been reported by media, but it’s been going OFF on Instagram accounts Diet Prada and Remake The World.
here is your daily reminder that kylie jenner is refusing to pay the bangladeshi factory workers that manufacture her clothing line and her/her team have been deleting comments asking about it
— ً (@lifehardfr) June 24, 2020
Iconic Instagram call out account Diet Prada uploaded a post calling out the sister duo for not paying factory workers for clothing that had already been produced – leading poor women in Bangladesh to have zero income and be stuck with nothing.
This totally blew up on Instagram, and now it’s gotten even messier as Kendall and Kylie Jenner have refuted the claims, saying that there’s been a mix up in identification of companies.
How The Heck Does Someone Make That Mistake?
Basically, Kendall and Kylie Jenner were accused of not paying the garment makers who work in the Bangladeshi factories producing clothing for their product line Kendall + Kylie, causing mass anger and retaliation from call out accounts, with some accusing the sisters of “starving Bangladeshi women.”
DONT LET THIS TWEET DIE, THE ORIGINAL ONE WAS FORCED TO BE TAKEN DOWN AS KYLIE JENNER IS REFUSING TO PAY BANGLADESHI FACTORY WORKERS‼️ pic.twitter.com/E9r3VKkwwu
— #PrayForYemen🇾🇪 (@svmiin) June 23, 2020
In a since deleted statement, Diet Prada wrote a lengthy post on Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s mistreatment of workers, referencing this Indy100 article that claims the sisters’ brand is partnered with Global Brands Group, who actually did pull contracts from garment makers despite the fact that items had already been made, and allegedly shipped – so women weren’t getting paid for their labour and were left with nothing.
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REPOSTING because we couldn’t edit the original any further and y’all seemed to get a kick out of Kylie juxtaposed with “Former ‘billionaire’” lol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’ve been contacted by reps from @kendallandkylie who’ve refuted the allegations that the brand is not paying its factories, as reported in multiple media outlets over the last week. They stated the following in an e-mail: “The brand is owned by 3072541 Canada Inc. not GBG and we are not currently producing in Bangladesh using Global Brands Group.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As of now, Global Brands Group still lists Kendall + Kylie under their “Brands” section on their website. It’s unclear at what point they may have changed licensees and manufacturers. A quick search of 3072541 Canada Inc. led to a closed business page, but searching in conjunction with “Kendall and Kylie” you’ll find ties to the brand. Some early press from 2015, and some 2018 legal filings from a lawsuit filed by a photographer against the sisters for using Tupac Shakur’s image—remember that? Never forget that they printed their own faces and logos over photos of deceased iconic musicians and tried to charge $125 for them lol, but anyways… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We’re awaiting comment from Mostafiz Uddin, a manufacturer for Global Brands who has been very vocal in the news the past week about his cancelled orders. Dieters, what are your thoughts? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • #kendallandkylie #kendallxkylie #kyliejenner #payup #kendalljenner #kylieskin #kyliecosmetics #highgloss #dietprada
Cardi B was called out in the media too for her partnership with Fashion Nova, who pulled contracts in LA leaving over 500,000 women with no income.
Basically, big companies are fucking over garment makers, and Kendall + Kylie was listed as one of those companies.
Except, it turns out that Kendall + Kylie is not currently working with Global Brands Group, is actually owned by Canada Inc.
Remake listed Kendall + Kylie as part of their list because the company is still listed on Global Brands Group. Apparently, Kylie’s team is now currently working to get their logo off the site.
So, Did Kendall And Kylie Jenner Exploit Workers Or Not?
Kylie’s spokespeople have since commented, telling Teen Vogue over email that, “The Kendall + Kylie brand is owned by Canada Inc. The brand does not produce in Bangladesh. So [these allegations are] not accurate.”
Surprisingly, they didn’t continue on further to explicitly say that they aren’t exploiting workers, or that the allegations are wholly false – just inaccurate, it seems? Remake, the organisation who started these accusations, seems to think this is odd too.
Remake released a statement on Instagram basically explaining that they had ample reason to think Kendall + Kylie was exploitative as they were actually on the Global Brands Group website, and also mentioned the lack of explanations on Kendall + Kylie‘s end.
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/ Remake has always believed in providing a platform to advocate for vulnerable garment makers, who most often are Black and Brown women. ⠀ We launched our #PayUp campaign to hold fashion brands accountable during COVID-19 and to make sure that they pay factories for produced orders — without this payment, many of the women who make our clothes face homelessness and starvation. ⠀ On June 11, we shared with you that Global Brands Group (affiliated to KENDALL + KYLIE on their website up until TODAY), had refused to pay garment workers for orders produced in February + March following a drop in sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ⠀ ⠀ One day later, the KENDALL + KYLIE brand Instagram account shared their intent, to “better our industry and better each other” which was ironic given the lack of response or commitment to #PayUp. ⠀ Over the last week, others have amplified Kendall and Kylie’s lack of action (@diet_prada). As many look up to the sisters and brand, we expect for them to lead by example and stand behind their words that they support women. ⠀ Today, we received word from a KENDALL + KYLIE representative that they do not have “current” orders with Global Brands Group and will pursue legal action if we didn’t remove our posts and apologize. ⠀ 🤔 We ask: do KENDALL + KYLIE know who makes their label? And if the women have been paid during the crisis? ⠀ Until we receive clear answers from the team that KENDALL + KYLIE have proof they paid garment makers, we will not back down. ⠀ ⠀ If KENDALL + KYLIE really support women then why threaten legal action against a non-profit for women BY women and disable comments? ⠀ We invite them to dialogue w/ us to learn more about the women who bring their label to life. ⠀ — ⠀ Help us hold them accountable: ⠀ ‼️COMMENT on @kendallandkylie post + EMAIL 📧 firstname.lastname@example.org asking for answers ⠀ 📝 SIGN our @changedotorg petition (🔗 in bio) to demand brands #PayUP ⠀ ‼️ To KENDALL + KYLIE’s retail partners (@amazon, @amazonfashion, @ashleystewart, @asos, @bloomingdales, @lebscom, @macys, @neimanmarcus, @nordstrom, @revolve, @saks, @shopbop) why do you carry a brand that is not transparent + supportive of women?
It does seem pretty dodgy that Kendall + Kylie as a brand hasn’t openly and clearly said they aren’t exploiting workers, and has said they don’t have any orders with Global Brands Group “currently” – because, it’s possible they don’t have any this moment due to cancelling or pulling contracts?
Perhaps this is just poor PR communication, but hopefully this is all cleared up soon because right now, it’s MESSY.
Image Sources: Instagram @Diet_Prada, @remakeourworld. ⠀