Catwalk Controversies a speaking activity for c1 students

Work with a partner and discuss the following prompts or questions.

Think about it:

Many fashionable clothes are manufactured by poorly paid people in developing countries. This practice, known as sweatshop labor, has come under major scrutiny and has been condemned by a wide range of critics. Particularly concerning is the employment of young children.

Now, read the following comment made by someone living and working in Cambodia:

The only thing a country like Cambodia has to offer is terribly cheap wages; if companies are scolded for paying those wages, they will shift their manufacturing to marginally richer areas… ” (Kristoff and WuDunn).

• Why do some companies employ children?
• Won't abolishing child labour just hurt working children and their families?

The fashion industry is not a pretty business. The former editor of Australian Vogue, Kirstie Clements, describes the fashion industry as a thin-obsessed culture in which starving models eat tissues and resort to surgery when dieting isn't enough,

Do You Think Model Size Should Be Regulated?
Does fashion's obsession with skinny models affect how you feel about your own body? Does it affect your actions?
Fashions that use real animal fur support the fur industry, which is infamous for its inhumane treatment of animals. Fur is acquired either by trapping wild animals and skinning them or by raising animals domestically for their fur. Is fur an ethical clothing choice? Is it hypocritical to protest against the fur trade while most people eat animals daily? Is The Fur Debate a“Class War”?

Consumer Over Consumption

Despite its environmental and labour costs, shoppers love fast fashion. Will that ever change?

Bringing out a new line of clothing every year encourages fashion enthusiasts to buy new clothes that they don't really need. While some people see this as harmless or as a boon to the economy, others believe that it encourages mindless consumerism.

Do you agree or disagree with the following?

it’s been easy for consumers to turn a blind eye to the costs of fast fashion
Influencers, on social media sites, drive the fast fashion economy and affect how normal people think about their own clothing choices,
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Cristina Cabal


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