Beyonce’s Ivy Park collection criticised for excluding plus-size customers

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was rel…

Beyonce’s new Ivy Park line has received criticism for failing to cater to plus-size customers.

The superstar’s Adidas x IVY PARK collection, a gender-neutral line featuring activewear such as jumpsuits, cycling shorts, hoodies, and sports bras, was released over the weekend and quickly sold out.

However, many customers were disappointed to discover that the range only went up to an XL, which translates to a U.S. size 16-18 or U.K. size 20-22, and took to social media to criticise Beyonce for using inclusivity to promote the line but not including larger sizes.

“I love Beyonce. 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 people from her athleisure line. And this isn’t the first time,” one user wrote, referring to Beyonce’s first Ivy Park release with Topshop in 2016.

“We can love her and still say Bey is wrong for Ivy Park’s size exclusion. You can’t celebrate the inclusivity of your other projects, having plus-size dancers and background singers, but ignore us *again* when it comes to this,” another fired. “The exclusion is intentional and I’m tired.”

To promote the line, Beyonce told Elle magazine that she was making the clothing gender-neutral after realising how many men were fans of her 2016 Ivy Park release, and also sent the entire collection to an inclusive range of celebrities including Ashley Graham, Reese Witherspoon, Zendaya, and Lizzo.

On Monday night, the 38-year-old took to Instagram to thank her fans for making the new collection a success.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of the incredible human beings who stood in those long lines in the snow and rain,” she wrote. “All the beautiful people who waited in the waiting room online. All of the friends and family who took the time to film videos and dress up in the unboxing. I am humbled, grateful and proud. Y’all look so good in your IVY PARK. I love you deep. B.”

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Jonah Hill confirms collaboration with Adidas

Jonah Hill has confirmed he’s collaborating with Adidas.The Wolf of Wall Street actor officially announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he has teamed up with executives at the German sportswear giant for an unspecified project. “This is the official…

Jonah Hill has confirmed he’s collaborating with Adidas.

The Wolf of Wall Street actor officially announced on Tuesday via Instagram that he has teamed up with executives at the German sportswear giant for an unspecified project.

“This is the official announcement that I’m partnering with adidas,” he wrote in the caption besides a video showing the Adidas logo besides his name handwritten in capital letters. “Thank you adidas for trusting me and believing in my ideas and pushing them to become even better. This is a dream for me to start the journey of creating with a team I respect and love. Thrilled to show you all what we’ve been working on. More coming very soon. @adidasoriginals.”

In the comments, his celebrity friends showed their support for the partnership, with Naomi Campbell posting a series of clapping and heart emojis, Olivia Wilde writing, “Coooool” with a clapping emoji, and his mother Sharon Feldstein, who called herself a “proud mama”.

The 36-year-old didn’t reveal any further details about the collaboration, which he had teased a year ago on the Failing Upwards podcast.

However, it was rumoured on social media earlier this month that they were releasing two colourways of the Samba shoe and a new iteration of the Superstar shoe. These details haven’t been confirmed.

Jonah has been a longtime fan of the Adidas brand and helped promote their updated Lxcon sneakers on his Instagram account in October 2018 before their official release.

The star joins the likes of Kanye West and Beyonce, who have developed their Yeezy and Ivy Park collections with the company.

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Beyonce gifts Reese Witherspoon and Cardi B new Ivy Park collection

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his share…

Celebrities including Reese Witherspoon, Cardi B, and Zendaya have been gifted Beyonce’s upcoming Adidas x IVY PARK collection.

The superstar originally launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon Philip Green, but after buying his shares to assume full ownership of the brand, Beyonce revealed in April she was partnering with Adidas bosses to release the new Ivy Park, which is due for release on Saturday.

To promote the line in the run-up to the launch, the Formation hitmaker decided to send the entire unisex collection, contained in a big orange box on wheels, to a bunch of celebrities, who took to social media to gush about their coveted gift.

The Legally Blonde star shared a video on Instagram of her mother wheeling the orange box up her driveway before the pair unclipped the front. The footage then turned into a montage of Reese stepping out of the box and posing or dancing in a variety of Ivy Park ensembles, such as the purple jumpsuit, the purple form-fitting dress, sneakers, and a beanie hat.

“Does this officially make me the newest member of the #Beyhive?” she wrote in the caption. “Thank you, @Beyonce for the #IvyPark swag!”

Cardi also posted a video of her standing in front of the orange box before filming herself sifting through items on the rail.

“So, I just got home and look what I got. B**ch Beyonce done give me a closet… I gotta open it,” she can be heard saying.

Zendaya simply shared a picture of her posing in front of the orange box on her Instagram Stories and thanked Beyonce in the caption, while model Hailey Bieber shared a video of her going through the rail and called it “the coolest thing I’ve ever been sent”. She was photographed wearing the purple crop top and matching tracksuit bottoms while she visited a dance studio on Wednesday.

Actresses including Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi, and Issa Rae were also sent the surprise gift.

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Beyonce creating unisex Ivy Park collection

Beyonce decided to make her upcoming collection for Ivy Park unisex because she saw so many men wearing her earlier lines. The music superstar launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon, Philip Green, but brought back his shares to as…

Beyonce decided to make her upcoming collection for Ivy Park unisex because she saw so many men wearing her earlier lines.

The music superstar launched the athleisure company in 2016 with Topshop tycoon, Philip Green, but brought back his shares to assume full ownership of the brand in late 2018 after he was hit with a series of sexual assault allegations. It was announced in April that she was partnering with bosses at sportswear giant Adidas to release Ivy Park, which will relaunch in January.

Discussing her first collection with Adidas in a rare interview, Beyonce revealed that she decided to make it unisex after seeing how men have embraced her designs in the past.

“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,” she explained to Elle magazine in a cover interview. “I appreciate the beauty of gender-neutral clothing and breaking the so-called fashion rules. I took a chance on myself when I bought my company back. We all have the confidence in us to take chances and bet on ourselves.”

The 38-year-old posed in new Ivy Park outfits for the magazine and also offered a sneak peek at the new range on her Instagram page on Monday, when she announced the collection would be released on 18 January. The Instagram posts showed an Ivy Park gold grill and earring, a wine-coloured, long-sleeve bodysuit, and white sneakers with Adidas’ iconic three stripes in a deep purple hue – Ivy Park’s first footwear offering.

“I am excited for you to see the campaign for the first collection of this new partnership,” Beyonce told the publication. “It incorporates my personal style and expands that to include something for everyone. I love experimenting with fashion, mixing high and low, sportswear with couture, even masculine and feminine. This new line is fun and lends itself to creativity, the ultimate power.”

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Beyonce: ‘I feel more womanly and secure with my curves’

Beyonce pays no attention to comments about her fluctuating weight because she feels “more womanly and secure with her curves”.In a rare cover interview with Elle magazine, the music superstar answered questions submitted by fans via social media and e…

Beyonce pays no attention to comments about her fluctuating weight because she feels “more womanly and secure with her curves”.

In a rare cover interview with Elle magazine, the music superstar answered questions submitted by fans via social media and email, and when asked how she feels about people constantly commenting on her appearance, she explained that growing up and having three children has helped her value herself beyond her looks.

“If someone told me 15 years ago that my body would go through so many changes and fluctuations, and that I would feel more womanly and secure with my curves, I would not have believed them,” she replied. “But children and maturity have taught me to value myself beyond my physical appearance and really understand that I am more than enough no matter what stage I’m at in life. Giving zero (f**ks) is the most liberating place to be. Also knowing true beauty is something you cannot see. I wish more people focused on discovering the beauty within themselves rather than critiquing other folks’ grills.”

Beyonce, who is mother to Blue Ivy, seven, and two-year-old twins Sir and Rumi, admitted that she sometimes reacts to negative comments but during those vulnerable moments she tries to “remind myself I’m strong and I’m built for this”.

“Thank God most of the noise bounces off of me after all of these years,” the singer added.

When asked about self-care routine, the 38-year-old revealed she uses acupuncture, meditation, visualisation, and breathing exercises, researches homeopathic medicines and tries to maintain a healthy diet.

Beyonce gave the interview to help promote the relaunch of her athleisure brand Ivy Park, which is now a creative collaboration with Adidas. The collection will drop on 18 January.

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Beyonce recruits teen figure skaters to model new Ivy Park collection

Beyonce is shining the spotlight on student figure skaters from Harlem, New York in a new advertisement for her latest Ivy Park clothing collection. The Formation superstar has recruited young women from the Figure Skating in Harlem non-profit organis…

Beyonce is shining the spotlight on student figure skaters from Harlem, New York in a new advertisement for her latest Ivy Park clothing collection.

The Formation superstar has recruited young women from the Figure Skating in Harlem non-profit organisation to model items from her Spring 2018 athleisure line, in an effort to highlight the benefits of the after-school programme, in which girls of colour are encouraged to strive for academic achievement and sporting discipline through skating.

“We believe that, given access to artistic sports like figure skating, girls will soar in all areas of their lives and be better equipped to accomplish their dreams,” Sharon Cohen, group founder and CEO, explains to Vogue.com.

“Beyonce is a fierce, authentically powerful woman of colour,” Cohen continues. “She inspires young women and girls globally who look just like her to do the exact same – to be fearless, free, and proud of themselves.”

The partnership with Beyonce’s sportswear firm was such a dream come true for her students, Cohen reveals they were “in shock and over-the-top excited” at the opportunity.

“They idolise her, and she sees them,” Cohen adds.

The 60-second promo, released online on Wednesday (18Apr18), features the girls practising their moves on the ice, all while wearing Ivy Park-branded sweatshirts, coats, leggings, and socks, as the students express their passion for the sport in voiceovers.

Beyonce, who made her live performance comeback at California’s Coachella festival on Saturday (14Apr18) after becoming a mother-of-three last year (17), launched Ivy Park in collaboration with bosses at popular British retailer Topshop in early 2016.

The singer starred in previous ads for the line, while Black-ish actress Yara Shahidi and Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox have also served as faces for the company in more recent shoots.

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