MEXICO CITY — The New York-based MAC cosmetics company and the Rodarte design firm of Los Angeles apologized Tuesday for any offense caused by a joint collection inspired by U.S. and Mexican border towns that features some pallid, ghostly hues.
MAC said it will donate $100,000 to help the women of Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican border city plagued by violence and murders of women.
The collection of lipstick, blushes and other cosmetics raised hackles on Mexican social networking sites because it used names like "Juarez," "Bordertown," "Ghost Town" and "Factory."
More than 100 women were abused and murdered before their bodies were dumped in Ciudad Juarez between 1993 and 2003. Many of the victims were factory workers.
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MAC said in a statement Tuesday that "we are deeply sorry that the MAC Rodarte makeup collection offended people. It was in no way inspired by the reprehensible violence against women in Juarez."
The statement said the company would change the product names.