Victoria Beckham has been accused of mocking depression with a new T-shirt.
The 44-year-old is known for her own chic sense of style, as well as her fashion-forward designs, but is often criticised in the press for her supposed inability to smile.
Beckham decided to poke fun at this assumption in one of her new designs – a $150 (£95) T-shirt reading: “It’s a dark but happy place.”
However, the jibe has not gone down well with everybody, with many accusing her of showing insensitivity towards those with mental health issues.
The controversial slogan also features on some of Beckham’s sweatshirts, which retail at $222 (£175), and fans flooded her social media pages to slam the star for her choice of words.
“Depression is dark but not a happy place!” one person fumed under a sponsored Facebook post advertising the range, while another added: “I’m a bit confused as to why this is on clothing, especially when there is a massive mental health campaign right now.”
The mother-of-four previously posted a photo of her wearing a grey version of the slogan sweatshirt to her Instagram page, which she paired with jeans, red heels, and a nonchalant pouty pose.
“When you’re smiling on the inside (three laughing emojis) As the sweatshirt says!!” the fashion mogul captioned her snap.
In a past interview with British Vogue, Beckham shared that “Why don’t you ever smile?” is her worst question to be asked, and joked that while she is smiling on the inside, she contains her glee because: “I feel that I have a responsibility to the fashion community.”
Beckham has yet to respond to the controversy.
– Cover Media0