Monday, 15 December 2008
Anti-Fur Week, London
Image: Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins is to open the Harrods Sale this Saturday.
She will be given a tour of Knightsbridge in a horse-drawn carriage and will then be responsible for cutting the ribbon, at 9am.
Every year Harrods chairman Mohamed Al Fayed asks a celebrity guest to open the sale and the likes of Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria have been among those invited in the past.
The Harrods Sale received more media coverage than usual as singer Leona Lewis turned down the £1 million to open the sale as she opposes the stores selling of fur products.
The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade are holding an Anti-Fur Week, with protests across London every day to draw attention to their cause.
I was personally surprised that the Welsh singer had agreed to open the Harrods Sale, although she has said that she does not support the fur trade.
I was contacted by the action group who suggest that those who disagree with Harrods selling fur products should contact Jenkins' agency.
I decided to do so to see what they have to say about Saturdays big event. Tara Joseph from her agency sent me this reply:-
Thank you for the email.
Katherine does not support the fur trade. She is simply opening a sale.
Harrods is by now the only department store in the UK to sell fur.
Katherine Jenkins will be £1 million richer for being the face of the Harrods Sale 2008 but last year she was listed in the Western Mail as earning £6 million, so she is definitely not short of cash.
It is a shame that she did not turn down the offer by making a stand against a store that is refusing to end a trade that is ethically wrong.
Grazia have a great article surrounding fur in the fashion industry. You can have a look at it on the link below:-