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Victoria Beckham’s Paris Fashion Week show stormed by animal rights protesters

By Amy Woodyatt, CNN

(CNN) — Victoria Beckham’s Paris Fashion Week show was disrupted by animal rights activists as they joined her models on the catwalk to protest her brand’s use of animal products such as leather.

Protesters in white vests reading “turn your back on animal skins” and “animals aren’t fabric” walked along models on the runway on Friday, holding signs reading “Viva vegan leather,” before being escorted away by security.

Animal rights group Peta said that although Beckham’s brand has banned the use of fur and exotic skins in its collections, it still uses leather, including calfskin.

“No garment or accessory is worth violently slaughtering and skinning a sensitive and intelligent animal,” PETA Vice President for Europe Mimi Bekhechi said in a statement.

“We are urging Victoria Beckham to turn instead to the ethical and eco-friendly innovations available today, such as high-end leather made from apples, grapes, pineapples, mushrooms, and more,” Bekhechi added.

Peta activists also previously protested the catwalks of Coach in New York, Burberry in London and Fendi in Milan, according to the group.

At the end of the show Beckham walked the length of the runway on crutches, which her husband David said was caused by a gym accident.

Her autumn/winter 2024 collection showcased styles including sheer dresses, garments with sculpted curved hems and necklines, and boxy blazers.

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