Watch What Happens When a Fashion Blogger Visits a Sweatshop

Our awareness of sweatshops—and outrage over them—is something that seems to only get stirred up when something tragic happens, like the 2012 fire in a Bangladesh garment factory, or the building collapse just a year later in the same country. A new Norwegian reality show featuring bloggers visiting a sweatshop in Cambodia is hoping to change that.

Produced by one of Norway's largest newspaper Aftenposten, the show sent three of the country's most well-known bloggers—Annikden Jorgensen, Frida Ottesen, and Ludvig Hambro—to a sweatshop in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh. The results are incredibly emotional.

Blogger Hambro is especialy disturbed by a trip to a Mangostore, where he learns that a $35 blouse there costs more than a month’s worth of rent. “I think it was tough to be at Mango,” Hambro says. “Those who make the garments should also be able to afford them.”

After visiting the sweatshop, as well as the homes of some of the workers, Hambro says, "You think you know [conditions here] are bad. But you don’t know how bad it is until you see it.”

Watch the clip of the bloggers' visit below (in Norwegian), then head to Cosmopolitan U.K. to learn more about their trip.


What do you think about the bloggers' sobering trip to a Cambodian sweatshop? Sound off in the comments below!

Meghan Blalock
Managing Editor

Hailing from the heart of the South and cutting her teeth on the mean streets of New York, Meghan has six years of experience covering fashion, style, celebrities, culture, and human behavior. A longtime devotee of rap music, tacos, and generally perfect weather, she is excited to put down roots in Los Angeles. Her top three style staples are a good pair of cutoff shorts, virtually any kind of colorful digi-print, and a solid set of shades.