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.


What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

Updated 20 July 2019
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What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

In January, my family celebrated my birthday by gifting me a “Hubb Collection” necklace that I had wanted ever since I laid eyes on it, when one of my relatives wore it.

The design of the word ‘Love’ — written in Arabic Farsi font and angled in a way that makes it heart-shaped — fascinated me, and I have worn the necklace ever since I got it, partly out of sentiment, but also because I find it so beautiful and unique.

Jeddah-based Yataghan Jewellery — the maker of the “Hubb Collection” — has a variety of gold designs, stackable jewel-ornamented hexagon rings, necklaces, bracelets and rings engraved in Arabic Farsi.

The store’s Instagram account @yataghanjewellery documents its trademark pieces and shares customers’ experiences along with how they choose to stack their Yataghan pieces.

Customer favorites include their Allah necklace, and the “Hubb Collection” (rings, necklaces and bracelets in crystalized or standard gold, silver or rose gold with a single colorful or silver crystal).