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PETA first confronted Beyoncé back in 2006 for wearing fur and using it in her fashion line, according to the Examiner. More recently, the animal-advocacy organization Friends of Animals criticized Beyoncé's decision to wear a three-quarter-length Christian Dior mink coat to the presidential inauguration, where she sang the national anthem. They asked her in an open letter to discontinue wearing fur. "Opulent, elegant, but most of all conscientious alternatives to fur abound, and to commit to ethical fashion statements would educate your fans in a meaningful way. You have the power to turn your message around," the letter said. However, she has continued to disregard the sources of her clothing, as exemplified at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Although Beyoncé's fierce performance trumped many of the most recent Super Bowl performances, she could have been more considerate in choosing her outfit. It would have been easy to use faux leather or a completely different material altogether for her suit. As one of the most popular artists today, it is crucial that Beyoncé recognize her status as a role model and dress in an animal-friendly manner.
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