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MAC Cosmetics cut ties with social media influencer Alqattan

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MAC Cosmetics – one of the world’s largest cosmetics brands has broken it’s silence. In a wednesday statements said that the company “does not currently have any partnerships with the Kuwaiti influencer Sondos Alqattan and will no longer be working with her on any brand activities.”

The statement added that the company works “to align ourselves with partners that shore core values and in no way tolerate excluding anyone.”

Recent Instagram posts on the page of MAC Middle East were filled with dozens of calls urging the company to condemn Alqattan.

On Wednesday, one user urged the company to cut ties with Alqattan, whom she described as a “despicable advocate for modern day slavery and the violation of human rights.”
Similarly, Anastasia Beverly Hills, a US-headquartered cosmetics brand, announced that it was “deeply disappointed” with Alqattan’s remarks.

“These comments complete [sic] contradict the core values of Anastasia Beverly Hills and we have not and never will condone any hateful, discriminatory views,” the company said in an Instagram post.

“Sondos is not affiliated, employed or collaborating with ABH. As a result of her statements, ABH has unfollowed Sondos and removed her from our PR list,” the statement added.

With their announcements, MAC and ABH become the latest in a string of companies that have distanced themselves from Alqattan, alongside companies such as Max Factor Arabia, French perfume brand M. Micallef, the UK-based Chelsea Boutique, as well as cosmetics brands Shiseido and Etude House.

Alqattan, who has 2.3 million followers on the social media network, criticised recently introduced laws giving Filipino workers a day off per week and banning employers from holding their passports.

Earlier this year, Kuwait and the Philippines signed a memorandum of agreement, ensuring that Filipino workers, often employed as maids or housekeepers, would be given greater protections.

This agreement effectively banned the practice of an employer holding their maid’s passport, whilst requiring that workers be provided food, clothing, health insurance, and one day off each week.

Alqattan has refused to apologise or back down from her comments, and has instead hit back at critics by saying that the “foreign media campaign” against her is an attack on Islam, the Hijab and Kuwait. (Source)

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