M.A.C pulls the Rodarte makeup collection

M.A.C has announced that they won’t be shipping the makeup collection created by Rodarte‘s Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The collection, which, like the pair’s Fall 2010 collection, was inspired by Mexico–specifically the troubled town of Ciudad Juárez. Controversy ignited around the line after some bloggers protested that the names of the products–a polish called “Juarez,” a lipstick named “Ghost Town”–glamourized poverty and violence against women in the factory town. M.A.C responded by offering to donate profits from the collection to charitable initiatives in Ciudad Juárez, but yesterday posted the following on their Facebook page:

M·A·C Decides Not to Ship M·A·C Rodarte Makeup Collection Out of Respect for Women & Girls of Juárez and their Families

by MAC Cosmetics on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:27pm

This decision will not impact M·A·C ‘s commitment to donate all of its projected profits from the collection to benefit the women and girls of Juarez.

Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women and girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our M·A·C Mexican staff and colleagues, M·A·C has made the decision not to ship the M·A·C Rodarte limited edition makeup collection. This decision will have no impact on M·A·C’s commitment to donate all of its projected global profits from this collection to local and international groups that work to improve the lives of the women and girls of Juarez. We are currently conducting due diligence to ensure we donate to organizations with a proven record of directly supporting the women and girls of Juarez.

M·A·C and Rodarte are deeply and sincerely sorry and we apologize to everyone we offended. We have listened very closely to the feedback of concerned global citizens. We are doing our very best to right this wrong. The essence of M·A·C is to give back and care for the community and Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. We are grateful for the opportunity to use what we have learned to raise awareness on this important issue. 

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