Made In China: A Look Inside The Life Of A Factory Worker

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Meet the people that make our clothing, from our friends at Remake

Remake is building a conscious shopper movement, unmasking the humans who make our clothes through video stories and providing readers with sustainable fashion alternatives to current trends through style guides and their Instagram. Using their collective voice and giving the outsider world an look inside, they hope to improve and shape the lives of these workers.

Eighty percent of our fashion is made by women who are only 18 – 24 years old. Sadly, we only hear about them when tragedy strikes. Disasters such as the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh in 2013 or the horrific fire at Ali Enterprises in Pakistan in 2012, are the tragedies through which we hear about the women who make our clothes. The hopes and dreams of the women behind our fashion are masked by heartbreaking headlines of the fast fashion industry.

Made in China is the story of one vibrant young woman who makes our clothes. She doesn’t want our pity. She wants us to know her and think of her when we see the clothing label “Made in China.”

We hope this short will move you to feel more connected to her and to your closet. From here, you can help #remakeourworld by building a sustainable closet that contributes to a better world.

Ming Hui

“I was 19 when I left my home village in Yulian and headed to the city to find work at a factory. That’s what many girls from my village do. I was so curious and excited to explore the world outside. Three years later my entire life is the factory, full of long hard hours on my feet. My main job is to look for defects in the fabric. For 12 hours a day, I stare at fabric ensuring that it’s perfect. I would love to meet you. The woman who wears the fabric I stare at all day long. I bet you look cool!”

Making Of The Film

Made in China is the second installment of Remake’s Meet the Maker video series. We visited fabric mills, factories, factory dormitories and homes throughout the world in search of the women who make up fashion’s supply chain. So far we’ve been to Haiti, India, Pakistan, and China to sit down, listen, and learn about the triumphs and the heartaches of the women who make our clothes. For our first short, Made in Pakistan, we partnered with the Oscar winning duo, cinematographer Asad Faruqi and producer Haya Iqbal.

In immersing ourselves in Chinese mills and factories, we found that:

1. Fabric dying is dirty business and humans are continually exposed to harsh chemicals.
2. People dedicate their lives to our wardrobes, working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.
3. Millennial makers hopes and dreams are no different to millennial shoppers. Ming Hui hopes to find love someday, she loves to shop and wants to see more of the world. You can read more about our reflections from Guangzhou here.

We hope you enjoy a glimpse into Ming Hui’s life and think about her the next time you see "Made in China." 

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.