MAC and Rodarte Collaboration Cancelled over Label Controversy

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Earlier this year, MAC and cult fashion label Rodarte announced plans for a limited edition makeup collection. The line, inspired by designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy's road trip through the Southwest, featured beauty products named after Juarez, Mexico, a border town plagued with violence against women.

It wasn't long before several writers pointed out the distaste in naming makeup after an impoverished factory town, where the yearly murder rate is in the thousands. MAC and Rodarte were quick to apologize, announcing plans to donate all of the collection's global profits to women's organizations that aid Juarez and changing the names of the products at the same time.

But apparently it was not enough. On Tuesday, MAC announced, "Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women of girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our MAC Mexican staff and colleagues, MAC has made the decision not to ship the MAC Rodarte limited edition makeup collection."

"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 MAC 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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