Reality star responds to criticism for manufacturing products in Turkey
Celebrity and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West on Thursday received criticism from advocacy group Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) for manufacturing her shapewear collection in Turkey.
ANCA asked Kardashian, who is of Armenian descent on her father’s side and a supporter of efforts to have the events of 1915 recognised as a genocide, why she chose Turkey for her products in a tweet.
Dear @KimKardashian: Thank you for championing #Armenian #Genocide recognition & raising so much global awareness about #Armenia.— ANCA (@ANCA_DC) September 26, 2019
We saw that you are making some @skims products in Turkey. Please consider making them in Armenia which is known for great craftsmanship & service.
Kardashian said her team’s research showed the best option to be Turkey. The country offers low-cost manufacturing for textiles, with the low wages for the Turkish and migrant women working in the textile industry and the currency crisis that has seen the lira lose almost a third of its value in the last year, and is favoured by a diverse range of European and other Western brands.
The reality television star said she stands against discrimination against any individual or nation “based on the past”, and stated her belief in working with people of differing opinions to affect change.
Turkey staunchly rejects any claims that the events of 1915 constitute a genocide. According to estimates, some 1.5 million Anatolian Armenians lost their lives as a result of policies implemented by the Committee of Union and Progress cadres, who later took part in the founding of the Republic of Turkey.
In 2016, Kardashian sponsored a full-page ad in the New York Times as a response to Turkey’s ad in the Wall Street Journal denying the Armenian Genocide.
We consulted with experts and searched globally for the best in class options, some which was found in Turkey. We believe strongly against discrimination of any kind; against anyone or any nation based on the past. @ANCA_DC— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 26, 2019
I am a strong believer that in order for change to happen, you must be willing to work with all people, even when you have differences in political opinions. @ANCA_DC— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 26, 2019