"Hypocritical idiot!": Victoria Beckham slammed for owning nearly 100 handbags made from exotic animal skin
While her designs have never used fur as a feature, the former Spice Girl has extensively used snakeskin bags and shoes in the past
Victoria Beckham has been branded a 'handbag hypocrite' after she stopped the use of animal skins from her fashion brand. Although the former Spice Girl member was initially praised for her thoughtful move, the same people who were in her favor earlier turned against her after they found out that she herself uses such bags in her daily lifestyle.
Thousands of Posh Beckham's supporters have now turned against her and are pressurizing her to let go of her own personal collection of designer handbags, many of which are made of ostrich, snake or crocodile skins. The fashion designer is said to be the owner of at least a hundred Hermes Birkin bags, in a collection valued at over £2 million, reports the Mirror.
Elisa Allen, director of PETA, told the Daily Star : "Victoria has taken a vital first step by ridding her brand of exotic animal skins, and we bet this decision will soon be reflected in her personal wardrobe choices... fake snake and mock croc beat the corpse couture of yesteryear, vintage or not."
Few people would know this, but it apparently takes three crocodiles or one adult ostrich to make one bag. When the news of Posh's personal collection first hit the internet, the uproar was extremely huge. One shopper, Misty Night, wrote: "Is she also going to get rid of her entire collection of Birkin handbags she personally collects?"
Another added: "What about all the shoes and belts she wears? Hypocritical idiot." Victoria also owns a £290,000 diamond-encrusted White Himalayan Crocodile Birkin, gifted to her by husband David on her birthday. According to Hermes expert Jane Finds, the "holy grail" bag was "possibly the rarest and most desirable handbag in the world."
While her designs have never used fur as a feature, the former Spice Girl has extensively used snakeskin bags and shoes in the past. A Victoria Beckham brand spokesperson told Women's Wear Daily: "As a business, we have been looking to action the use of more ethically sourced products that have less environmental impact for some time."
The statement further read, "We are happy to confirm that we will cease using exotic skins in all future collections as of our main fall 2019 ready-to-wear presentation. This decision reflects the wishes of not only the brand, but also that of our customers."
At the time, PETA gave its thumbs-up to the move. "Victoria Beckham’s decision to ban exotic skins will spare countless remarkable animals immense suffering, and PETA calls on other luxury brands to follow her kind example," said Allen.