Although Friday marks 16 years since her sudden and untimely passing, joyous news has come the day before — MAC Cosmetics will create a makeup collection in honor of Aaliyah which is set to hit store shelves in Summer 2018.
“Aaliyah is truly one in a million — an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all, wrote MAC in a video Instagram post on Thursday. “Today we join her countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the M·A·C Aaliyah collection. You made it happen! Stay tuned in 2018.”
Aaliyah in 2001 ©Hamish Brown
Jennifer Risinger launched a petition in 2015, as well as social media accounts, calling for MAC to produce a line inspired by the late singer and actress, who was also a fan of the makeup company. “Mac Cosmetics, We want an ”Aaliyah for Mac Limited Edition Collection. Aaliyah stands for Mac’s mission of “All ages, All races, All sexes,” Risinger stated.
“She was a risk taker, innovator, edgy, street but sweet, & R and B’s Princess. She continues to influence today’s mainstream artist & people around the world still love and celebrate her life and music every year… Our mission is simple, we want her legacy to continue and be reintroduced through a collection with Mac Cosmetics.”
Although the brand was eager to respond to her fans on whether the collection would become a reality, MAC had to wait on the approval of Aaliyah’s family.
In a statement to Fashionista, Catherine Bomboy Dougherty, MAC’s Senior Vice President of Global Communications had this to say: “There is a certain something about each of our collaborators that inspires MAC — with Aaliyah it was the incredible passion from her fans that was everywhere we turned. We admire Aaliyah because she was a not only an exceptionally talented artist, but a risk-taker and innovator who still influences the worlds of music, fashion and beauty. She continues to be a role model whose legacy inspires us all to follow our hearts. We are honored the family trusted MAC to bring Aaliyah and her fans’ vision to life. We made a lot of people really happy today and that feels good.”
Similarly, MAC announced in July 2015 that they would create a Selena-inspired collection (following a fan petition in 2014), which made it’s debut in October 2016. The line was so successful, selling out within seconds, it had a relaunch online in December 2016.
There’s no doubt that Aaliyah x MAC will be a hot sellout as well.
We love you Aaliyah!