Sustainability is strongly correlated to the respect of the human race, and therefore to work towards more ethical and respectable working conditions, such as fair wages, gender equality in salaries, equal opportunities, and good treatment for both men and women in the supply chain. In this sense, fast fashion is a women’s rights issue. It is a form of disrespect towards them and their efforts in labor work. As Hayat Rachi wrote, “you cannot exploit women in one country to empower them in another”.
Moreover, fast fashion poses another problem to feminism as it is usually an extremely sexist and racist industry. As a matter of fact, Lina highlights that “if you talk about body image, even if brands are accepting more types of bodies now and everything seems super diverse, it’s not always true. It’s like greenwashing. So they show people different kinds of models, but in general, it’s still the super skinny women and mostly white women who get featured. There are transgender women and black women, but they always have to talk about their stories.” Focusing on this last point, the matter of diversity doesn’t seem to be always genuine in the fashion industry. Why do larger women, women of color, or transgender women have to prove themselves when they’re supposed to be equal to white, skinny women?