MAC becomes latest company to break ties with Kuwaiti blogger Sondos Al-Qattan

Sondos Al-Qattan, who has 2.3 million followers on Instagram, faced huge backlash for criticizing Kuwait’s new labor law. (Instagram: @sondos_aq)
Updated 26 July 2018
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MAC becomes latest company to break ties with Kuwaiti blogger Sondos Al-Qattan

DUBAI: The fall-out over comments made by Kuwaiti beauty blogger Sondos Al-Qattan continues after another firm fired her over controversial comments made about Filipino domestic workers.
MAC Cosmetics, one of the world’s largest make-up brands said in a statement on Wednesday that it “did not support” Al-Qattan’s beliefs, and would be “ending its relationship” with the make-up blogger.
“We currently do not have any partnerships with her and will no longer be working with her on any brand activities,” the company said.
The statement went on to say that MAC strives “to align ourselves with partners that share our core values and in no way tolerate excluding anyone.”
MAC joins a host of companies, including Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido and South Korean brand Etude House, both of which distanced themselves on Tuesday from the controversial blogger and her comments.
Al-Qattan, who has 2.3 million followers on Instagram, faced huge backlash for criticizing Kuwait’s new labor law.
“All I said was that the employer was entitled to keep the servant’s passport, and that many Kuwaitis and Gulf nationals agree with me,” she said.
“I have the right as a kafil (sponsor) to keep my employee’s passport, and I am responsible for paying a deposit of up to 1,500 dinars (around $4,900),” she said.
Al-Qattan insisted the practices are not an “insult to the employee, and do not concern humanity or human rights because I did not deprive the employee of her salary or beat her.”
“The servant lives in the house just like the owners, he eats the same food, sleeps, rests and goes out shopping... this is a natural right. He’s not like a waiter who works fixed hours, so we give him a weekly leave,” she added.
Al-Qattan’s comments in the now deleted clip sparked outrage on social media, with many Twitter and Instagram users calling on brands that work with the makeup artist to sever ties.


The Six: Designers at Dubai Fashion Days

Dubai Fashion Days is set to run from Nov. 21-25 in Citywalk and Dubai Design District. (Shutterstock)
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The Six: Designers at Dubai Fashion Days

DUBAI: Set to run from Nov. 21-25 in Citywalk and Dubai Design District, Dubai Fashion Days will showcase a mix of regional and international designers.

Amato Couture
Launched in 2002, Amato Couture is the brainchild of designer Furne One and textile expert Rashid Ali, who are set to show off their collection on Nov. 21. The label has been worn by the likes of Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez.

Michael Cinco
Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is known for his gorgeous couture gowns and glittering client list, including Rihanna and Lady Gaga. His show is set to take place on Nov. 25.

Yara Bin Shakar
Yara Bin Shakar is an Emirati fashion designer with an uber cool aesthetic. Her latest collection is inspired by vintage Hollywood and will be showcased on Nov. 21.

Soraya B. Couture
Portuguese fashion designer Soraya Bacai is the face behind the Dubai-based fashion house that will show off its wares on Nov. 25.

THISNORTHAT
Lin Yu Bo and Tan Li Chen are the duo behind the label THISNORTHAT that will dress models for the catwalk on Nov. 21.

Sophia Nubes
A Switzerland-based label that creates ready-to-wear pieces, fashion lovers can see its latest collection on Nov. 23.