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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

a good perspective on the mac/juarez

 rodarte bullshite. well the story isn't, it's mac this time (yeah, mac effed up. we ALL do from time to time). like i said, i'm ALL for edgy. i'm NOT ALL FOR MURDERED AND/OR MISTREATED WOMEN. period. end of story

 

Making up for make-up: a win for the feminist blogosphere

by jaz

Over the last month or so, I’ve been following this story about trendy makeup company MAC’s inappropriate collaboration with design duo Rodarte. It was reported that the unnamed collection, due to launch in September, was inspired by Rodarte’s trip through Texas which exposed them to Mexican culture; and thus they named a couple of their nail polishes, “Juarez” and “Factory.” The Frisky blogger, Jessica Wakeman, pointed out the apparent insensitivity, since Juarez has received an influx of impoverished people who are looking for work in factories (especially those that produce makeup and clothing) and is known to be a hotbed for femicide and drug violence, notably for the women who travel to work in these factories.
According to In These Times, Rodarte’s designers, Laura and Kate Mulleavy, say their collection was inspired “by the idea of workers in Mexican maquiladoras walking half-asleep to the factories in Juarez, after dressing in the dark,” i.e. underpaid and overworked women in dismal and dangerous conditions trying to make a living and sustain their families. Doesn’t that make you want a manicure?.............

 

2 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, big misstep for MAC.

a rose is a rose said...

i still have to give 'em a shout out for their store hiring policies. they have THE best peeps working for them behind the counters