More than a year ago, we featured an award-winning, Norwegian, documentary-style TV show Sweatshop: Deadly Fashion, which sent three young Norwegian fashionistas to Phnom Penh — the capital of Cambodia — to work in the city's sweatshops and live the lives of garment workers. The show exposed the harsh realities of people who make our clothes, revealing that the backstage of fast-fashion is far from glamorous.
"We see all these stories on TV about people having it real tough, but we don't care. We switch the channel to watch our favorite TV show and eat some popcorn," Anniken Jørgensen, a fashion blogger cast on the show, told A Plus in an interview later that year. "But when you have a person next to you, you understand that it's a human being. Worth as much as you, your family, and your friends. This as real as it gets for this person."
Now the show's producers are back with the second season, which we're excited to feature on A Plus.
This time around, Norwegians Jørgensen and Frida Ottesen from the first season are joined by two other Swedish fashion bloggers, Sarah Tjulander and Lisa Tellbe. The four young Scandinavian women return to Cambodia as activists, no longer tourists. The show investigates how much, and if anything, has actually changed in the last year.
You can watch the first episode of the new season below:
Make sure to check out A Plus next week for the second episode.