Miley Cyrus might be the latest celebrity designer to come in contact with controversy — thanks to this whole unfortunate toxic jewelry thing (still less dangerous than listening to “Party in the U.S.A.” on repeat) — but she certainly isn’t the first. After the jump, a few clothing-centric scandals involving celebrity designers that made headlines.
- Sean “Diddy” Combs had to apologize to The Humane Society Of The United States back in 2007 when his Sean John line was outed for using raccoon fur in the hood of its jackets instead of faux fur.
- In 1996 the National Labor Committee found that sweatshop labor was used to make clothes for Kathie Lee Gifford’s Wal-Mart line. And then three years later, a Salvadoran worker accused Gifford of forcing her and others to produce her line under poor conditions.
- Also in 1996, Kathy Ireland’s Brooklyn, New York factory for her K-Mart line was raided by law enforcement and several managers were arrested for sweatshop practices.
Cyrus might have a problem on her hands. But it’s hardly irreversible, right? Tell us, PopWatchers: Will you buy her new line once the jewelry meets industry standards?
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