The Meghan Markle Effect is changing lives around the world.
During the royal tour in Australia, the Duchess of Sussex selected a pair of jeans by Outland Denim, which prides itself on providing a living wage to its seamstresses in small villages in Cambodia.
The company initially started as a way to help survivors of human trafficking on the path to recovery but has recently expanded to include “those at risk of falling into poverty,” according to its website.
“Thanks to the Duchess’ choice in denim, we’re pleased to announce that it will be possible to employ a further 15 to 30 seamstresses in our Cambodian production house in the coming weeks, and the recruitment process has already begun,” Outland reps wrote on Twitter.
She wore the jeans once before on her royal tour with Prince Harry, 34, when they visited Dubbo, Australia. Once Outland posted about the star’s look on Instagram, insights company Dash Hudson reported the photo received 77.85 percent engagement, up significantly from its average of 4.07 percent engagement. Its account also garnered over 3,500 followers the week after Meghan wore its pieces.
The mom-to-be, who’s due in the spring, has made several humanitarian fashion choices recently. The sneakers she wore at the sailing event were by French footwear brand Veja.
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Veja sneakers are known for their minimal, trendy designs, and more importantly, their sustainability. The tops are often made from tilapia skin or a leather-like material from curdled milk, according to Fast Company, and they’re also packaged by people who are struggling to find work, including individuals who’ve previously been incarcerated.
Meghan and Harry have a few more days left on their royal tour, which has included trips to Australia, Fiji and Tonga. On Saturday, they spoke at the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games. Next, they’re heading to Wellington, New Zealand, on Sunday, followed by Auckland on Tuesday and Rotorua on Wednesday.