Rodarte’s Mexico-Inspired MAC Line Sparks Controversy

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Rodarte for MAC. Photo: Courtesy of MAC

Rodarte's MAC collection, which launches on September 15, is inspired by Mexico's colors and culture, and the products are named accordingly. For example, one pink blush is called Quinceañera, while a sheer white lipstick is called Ghost Town. However, the frosty pink nail polish called Juarez isn't sitting well with blogger the Frisky, who finds it "tasteless":

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. The crime channel TruTV even called Juarez a “serial killers’ playground”! And it’s not like the Juarez murders are some big secret: Jennifer Lopez even starred in a film,“Bordertown,” playing a reporter who writes about the rapes and murders.


However, plenty of blogs haven't made this same connection politicizing the nail polish, and are just plain excited about the line. We've reached out to MAC for a comment and will update when that comes through.

MAC/Rodarte Makeup Collaboration Names Nail Polish After Impoverished, Murdered Women [Frisky]