MAC Rodarte to Donate Proceeds to Mexican Families

Yesterday, when fellow Styleite blogger — and fellow brown person — Rika Nurramah commented on how MAC and Rodarte‘s Mexican-inspired makeup collaboration had seemingly little to offer for women with any appreciable level of melanin, she also touched on another bit of controversy the new lipsticks and eye shadows sparked this week.

On Thursday, Jessica Wakeman of The Frisky wrote a post on the insensitive naming of two of the collection’s nail polishes. One is called Juarez and the other goes by Factory.

“Why’s it tasteless? Juarez is an impoverished Mexican factory town notorious for the number of women between the ages of 12 and 22 who have been raped and murdered with little or no response from police.

Most of the young women are employees at the border town’s factories, called maquiladoras, and disappeared on the way to or from work. Activists have been applying constant pressure on Mexican police, who have shown little response to properly investigating the murders, allegedly because the victims are poor women.”

We here at Styleite picked up the story, and so did Lillit Marcus at The Gloss. Amy Odell at New York Magazine‘s Cut Blog also wrote a post, pressing MAC for a comment. The company responded thus:

We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.

Rodarte also released a statement saying that the names were meant to evoke the natural beauty of Mexico, and not to offend.

That attention has been brought to the plight of these women is fortunate, and hopefully sales of the makeup will help the women in need. Hats off to Miss Wakeman, who has proved once again that style bloggers really can change the world.

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