Beyoncé’s new range of women’s sportswear is made using sweat shop labourers who earn as little as £4.30 a day, The Telegraph reports.

The American pop star’s Ivy Park gym gear is sold by Top Shop, the high street fashion retailer owned by Sir Philip Green, who is already facing criticism over the collapse of department store BHS.

The Sun on Sunday reported the clothing range – which Beyoncé said she hopes will “support and inspire women” – is made by Sri Lankan seamstresses some of whom earn £4.30 a day.

Workers are paid more than the legal minimum but campaigners described the labour as a “form of ”.

Top Shop has claimed the Ivy Park range will “empower women through sport”.

One machinist told tabloid: “When they talk about women and empowerment this is just for the foreigners.

“They want the foreigners to think everything is okay.”



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Written by David Barret