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Victoria Beckham, who is married to David Beckham, shared her thoughts on the current Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd which has sparked protests across the US. The 46-year-old, who launched her own fashion label in 2008, admitted wanting to do “better” in a statement.
In view of her 12.4 million followers, Victoria posted a lengthy post calling for “change”.
She penned: “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.”
Victoria continued: “At Victoria Beckham, we have always strived to be more inclusive, but we need to look inwards and be better.
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“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 hold business accountable and ensure our short and long-term actions reflect our learning.
“We will also be providing additional team training and support to ensure that we are listening to each other, really discussing the issues and identifying unconscious bias in ourselves and the wider business.”
She concluded: “It’s each of our responsibilities to speak out and use our platforms for education, conversation and change.
“Things won’t change or be solved in a day, but we clearly can’t wait another day to start doing more.”
Victoria also shared the message via Instagram where she added she has taken a “step back” this week to “focus on the tragic events that have been highlighted recently”.
“I’ve been truly sickened by how deeply ingrained racism is in our society,” Victoria wrote.
Her comments follow protests unfolding in America and across the world following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed when he was apprehended by US authorities, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Earlier this week, Victoria revealed she had spent time with her family at the weekend “talking and reading about the issue”.
She wrote: “It’s impossible not to be deeply moved by the tragic death of George Floyd.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and as a mother of four, what’s struck me the most is how important it is to not sit by and watch from the sidelines without doing anything.”
Victoria continued: “So as a family, we spent a lot of time this weekend talking and reading about the issue.
“At first, it was about how shocked and devastated we all are that this still happens in 2020, but has turned more to how we can be actively anti-racist.
“How we can stand in solidarity with the black community (not just right now, but always), and how we can make a difference.”
Victoria highlighted a variety of campaigns, including Color Of Change, to help her with “listening and learning”.
The entrepreneur and former Spice Girl founded her fashion label in 2008.
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