Victoria Beckham’s fashion brand starting group to address inclusivity – Insider – INSIDER

  • Victoria Beckham announced on Friday that her brand has set up an internal working group to address issues of inclusivity at her company. 
  • In her statement, the designer said the group will be looking at everything from their teams and casting to suppliers and partners. 
  • Beckham founded her eponymous label in 2008 and serves as the creative director of the brand. 
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Victoria Beckham announced she’s taking steps to address issues of inclusivity at her brand. 

On Friday, the designer announced that her fashion label is going to set up an internal working group that will hold the business accountable. According to her statement, the group will be looking at everything from their teams and talent to casting, suppliers, and partners. 

I’ve taken a step back this week to focus on the tragic events that have been highlighted recently. Watching things unfold and learning more about the Black Lives Matter movement, I’ve been truly sickened by how deeply ingrained racism is in our society. It’s clear that it’s each of our responsibilities to speak out and I want to use my platform for education, conversation and change. The fashion industry has a huge role to play, and for me, it starts with representation, both within my business and who we work with externally. I’ve always aimed for inclusivity, but we all need to look inwards and be better. At Victoria Beckham, we’ve set up an internal working group as a first step and will provide additional support to ensure that we are listening to each other, discussing the issues, identifying unconscious bias in ourselves and ensuring our short and long-term actions reflect all our learnings. Whilst things won’t change or be solved in a day, we clearly can’t wait another day to start and I am absolutely committed to being better and doing more, both personally and professionally. I hope you all share my sentiment and are doing the same with your friends, family, brands and businesses so that we all play our part in this vital issue. x vb #blacklivesmatter

A post shared by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on Jun 5, 2020 at 6:21am PDTJun 5, 2020 at 6:21am PDT

“The fashion industry has a huge role to play in the Black Lives Matter movement, and I can be better. We can all be better. It starts with representation, both within our businesses and who we work with externally,” a statement shared on Beckham’s Instagram read. 

The statement continued: “At Victoria Beckham, we have always striven to be inclusive, but we need to look inwards and be better. As a first step, we’ve set up an internal working group to look at everything from our teams and talent to our casting, suppliers, and partners. This group will help hold the business accountable and ensure our short and long-term actions reflect our learnings.”

Beckham also said the fashion brand will be providing additional team training and support

The additional team training will ensure everyone is listening, discussing the issues, and identifying unconscious bias within themselves and the business as a whole, according to Beckham’s statement. 

“It’s each of our responsibilities to speak out and use our platforms for education, conversation, and change,” Beckham said. “Things won’t change or be solved in a day, but we clearly can’t wait another day to start doing more.”

In her caption, Beckham added that she had taken time to reflect on what she can do better, writing: “I’ve taken a step back this week to focus on the tragic events that have been highlighted recently. Watching things unfold and learning more about the Black Lives Matter movement, I’ve been truly sickened by how deeply ingrained racism is in our society.”

She added: “It’s clear that it’s each of our responsibilities to speak out and I want to use my platform for education, conversation, and change. I am absolutely committed to being better and doing more, both personally and professionally. I hope you all share my sentiment and are doing the same with your friends, family, brands, and businesses so that we all play our part in this vital issue. x vb.”

Beckham’s brand has been criticized for a lack of inclusivity in the past

In 2017, Beckham was criticized for not casting enough models of color at her New York Fashion Week show. According to a diversity report from The Fashion Spot, in the Spring 2018 NYFW season, Beckham’s brand only cast five non-white models out of a group of 31. 

“Victoria Beckham also failed to adequately represent women of color, casting only 5 nonwhite models in her 31-strong lineup (in other words, 16%),” the report states. 

Victoria Beckham did not respond immediately to Insider’s request for comment. 

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