Rodarte’s Line For M.A.C. Stirs Up Controversy With Nail Polish Named After Juarez, Mexico

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The fashion label Rodarte, created by California-based sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy, teamed up with makeup giant M.A.C. cosmetics to create a new makeup and nail polish line for fall. The line is full of dusky, desert-themed colors inspired by a road trip that the designers took along the Mexican border. But two of their nail polishes have stirred up a truckload of controversy.

The name of the controversial lacquers are Juarez (a frosty pink hue) and Factory (light opal mint frosty). And while the colors are quite pretty, the names are not. Juarez is a poverty-stricken factory city in Mexico known for the Las Muertas de Ju├írez, the countless murders of young women as they walked to work at factories named maquiladoras. The murders remain unsolved due to police corruption. Once bloggers at The Frisky pointed out the obvious misstep of naming a nail polish after the city, Rodarte and M.A.C. offered an apology on New York magazine’s The Cut blog, and pledged money towards the women of Juarez.

As we thought about this situation, it reminded us of At the Drive-In’s 2001 music video “Invalid Litter Dept.,” a song that was made to draw attention to the Juarez murders. Nearly ten years after this video was made, Rodarte, even though unintentionally, draws attention to the situation once again.