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The fashion industry exploits its employees, models and the consumer - Do you feel that you are a 'victim' of the fashion industry?

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The fashion industry exploits its employees, models and the consumer. Do you feel that you are a 'victim' of the fashion industry? I enjoy spending money on clothes, which are sometimes quite expensive, but I think that 'victim' is too strong a word to use to describe my relationship with the fashion industry. I have a choice over what I buy and I am not forced to spend more money than I can afford. I don't feel the need to buy clothes of a new style that I don't even like. I actually enjoy the whole experience of shopping for clothes and like discussing the latest fashion with my friends. I like the way some new fashion looks and in a way I am also helping to create jobs for the clothes designers, makers and retailers. I am aware that there are several negative aspects to the fashion industry but on balance I feel that I have control over what I buy. ...read more.

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The children who are 'victims', however, spend all hours in the factories, which are of really poor condition. The food they receive at mealtimes isn't very healthy and some workers get very ill because of the food quality. There have even been cases where children and sometimes even adults were treated cruelly in the manufacturing sweatshops but if they try and stand up for themselves they are at risk of losing their job. Most consumers do not realise where their clothes are being made or how unfairly the fashion industry treats both them and the workers by retaining most of the profits for themselves. The fashion industry puts the consumer in a very difficult position because when something is decided to be the latest fashion e.g. three quarter length skirts they; make everyone want to have them. If certain people do not like the style they may be forced into buying it as no other types or styles are available on the market, which only leads to only one conclusion, you end up buying it because you have no other choice. ...read more.

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There are very few models who are famous or rich and the fashion industry gives models no job security. As they usually start modelling at a young age they can't finish their studies. This means that when they are no longer suited to be a model they are not able to go into another job, as they have no academic qualifications. As a consumer I really don't feel that I am a 'victim' but I am sometimes a willing victim in the sense that I do buy some of the latest fashion even though I know all the facts concerning it. There are however people who will pay ridiculous prices for an unpractical style of fashion just because it's seen to be worn by the models. This is what I feel a victim is: someone who gets everything and anything said to be the latest fashion and don't know about all the negative of it. On balance I feel that the fashion industry does exploit their employees and also the models in some countries more than others. I do however think that models do have the choice whether or not to be exploited. ...read more.

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