Beyonce Knowles’ Adidas x Ivy Park Collection got mixed reactions despite the high anticipation for its release. The fashion line, which quickly sold out after it was launched on Saturday, January 18, has received criticism for not being size inclusive.
The collection, which has been described as gender neutral, includes various forms of activewear such as hoodies, cycling shorts, sports bras, hats, shoes and more. But some people took issue with the fact that it was only made available in sizes XS – XL.
Essayist Candice Marie Benbow tweeted, “We can love her and still say Bey is wrong for Ivy Park’s size exclusion. You can’t celebrate the inclusivity of your other projects, having plus size dancers and background singers, but ignore us again when it comes to this. The exclusion is intentional and I’m tired.”
Another similarly complained, “Ivy Park not having plus sizes is so gross considering Adidas did 6.41 billion in revenue last quarter and nothing they’re selling is so revolutionary that it would take time to size up. They can afford to and they know how to. They CHOSE not to.”
One woman, who claimed to be a “noted member of the Beyhive,” said it is “incredibly disappointing that a woman who has made inclusion a part of her brand willfully excluded plus-size people from her athleisure line.”
“I stan Beyonce, but it’s disappointing to see that this collection only goes up to an XL, especially because Adidas recently started selling size-inclusive activewear as well,” someone else weighed in. Another added, “[It’s] sad you left your millions of plus size fans out. WE LIKE TO LOOK [GOOD] TO!!”
Neither Beyonce nor Adidas has responded to the outcry over the limited size range. Previously, fans slammed the “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” songstress for sending a box of Adidas x Ivy Park collection to her celeb friends such as Laverne Cox, Reese Witherspoon Issa Rae, Quincy Brown and Yara Shahidi, who can afford to buy it.