When I first heard that my favorite cosmetics brand and one of my favorite design teams were teaming up to launch a Rodarte for MAC capsule collection, I was thoroughly excited. When I realized what the collection was based on, my excitement waned a bit.
Rodarte for MAC, much like Rodarte’s most recent clothing collection, is based on the women of the border town of Juarez, Mexico. For those who aren’t aware of the situation in Juarez, it’s a manufacturing center that plays host to an egregious amount of poverty and, in particular, violence against women. To have MAC and Rodarte theme a makeup collection on such disgusting violence without doing anything to simultaneously speak out against it seemed insensitive at best, and at worst, totally tone-deaf and cruel.
Luckily the intrepid bloggers over at Temptalia were able to get MAC and Rodarte’s reactions to the widespread criticism over the Juarez-themed collection, which included promising $100,000 in aid to the women of Juarez. Is it too little, too late? Perhaps. The whole idea of makeup based on beaten women still turns my stomach.