Iconic star, Beyoncé, has spent the week teasing her latest fashion project. Beyoncé’s brand-new collection of athleisure has been debuted by celebrities such as Hailey Bieber, Reese Witherspoon, and Janell Monae. They were orange crates filled with Adidas x Ivy Park.
The high-profile fans were surprised by the singer’s new collection but Beyonce’s fans were stunned when they found out that the collection does not include plus sizes.
Reports earlier stated that the singer’s collection would be available in sizes XS-XL. The major form of argument by critics is the fact that Beyoncé had included all sizes in her earlier collection.
Freeblackgirl, a Twitter user, shared:
I love Beyoncé. I am a noted member of the Beyhive. It is also incredibly disappointing that a woman who has made inclusion a part of her brand willfully excluded plus-size shoppers from her athleisure line. And this isn’t the first time.
Ivy Park was a collaboration with Topshop before the singer released the collection with Adidas. When the collection hit stores in 2016, the sizes available were only XS-XL.
It’s an odd oversight considering that Beyoncé’s stage shows have almost always included fat people. Beychella featured dancers in an array of sizes. The Mamas have long been Bey’s backup singers (though I’m unsure if they still are). It is odd and disappointing.
Days after launching the “Adidas x Ivy Park” collections, Beyoncé sent gifts containing the collections to some notable celebrities in the industry including hip-hop star Cardy B and actress/producer Reese Witherspoon. There has also been so many reactions from fans in connection to this, one that stood out reads:
The fact that @Beyonce didn’t sent @GabbySidibe an #IvyParkXAdidas box has me all like
Gabourey Sidibe is an American plus-size model and actress.
The singer had also said that the collection was made for everyone.
Beyoncé told Elle:
I focused on designing a unisex collection of footwear and apparel because I saw so many men in Ivy Park. The way they have embraced the brand is an unexpected gift. I appreciate the beauty of gender-neutral clothing and breaking the so-called fashion rules.
Adidas also mentioned that collection is inclusive of all sizes.
A press release from Adidas reads:
This unique relationship champions the values of inclusivity, community and diversity and will take consumers on an unconventional journey starting with this capsule collection for Spring ‘20.
Adidas has, however, produced plus-size collections in the past. Last year, they partnered with Universal Standard to produce a collection that included size 4X.
During the period, the vice president of concept development at Adidas, Alison Stewart, told Teen Vogue:
Inclusive sizing is an important part of Adidas’ commitment to enable more women to participate in sport by creating a more diverse range of products for them. This is the first step in the journey, with much more to come.
Lovers of Beyoncé will not be able to enjoy the singer’s fashion project collaborated with Adidas. But with critics expressing their views, we hope that the singer will listen and things will change.