Right from looking good to helping other women look good, women are at the crux of it all, especially when it comes to beauty and skincare. mySkin celebrates Womens history month with four revolutionary women who have left an indelible mark in the world of beauty and skincare.
While these women might not be celebrated in history books across the globe, they have certainly impacted a million women around the globe with their beauty contributions. Right from the early 1900’s to the 20th century and beyond, here are four notable names that have created beauty history and, continue to do so.
Empowerment of African-American Women: Madam C.J. Walker
Madam Walker (1875), as she was fondly called, built herself name, fame and fortune out of practically nothing! Touted as 19th century’s most successful women entrepreneurs, she was born to former slaves in Southern America, and was orphaned at the age of 7. She, herself suffered from a condition of the skin on her scalp and lost most of her hair during treatment. Thus, Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower was created. By 1917, she had become an inspiration for women entrepreneurs and the women in the African-American community.
Strong Entrepreneurship: Estée Lauder
Come 20th Century and we cannot ignore Estee Lauder, a name that finds place on our shelves even today. What we know as a billion-dollar legacy today, initially started as a small company by Estee Lauder, nee Josephine Esther Mentzer, selling skin care products developed by her chemist uncle, to hotels and salons. Eventually, success in sales led to the opening of her own counter at New York City’s Saks Fifth Avenue in 1948. This was just the beginning. Lauder’s innovative marketing techniques and her team’s dedication expanded the brands name worldwide with product lines including Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Origins and MAC.
Beauty with a humane touch: Anita Roddick
Anita Roddick lived her dream. Literally. Her interest in environmental activism at a young age and her way of living slowly emerged into a business, The Body Shop. Today, with more than 2100 stores worldwide and a whopping 77 million customer base, the company is dedicated to the pursuit of environmental and social change by establishing community trade relationships in more than 20 countries. Today, even as part of the L’Oreal Group, and even after Anita Roddick’s death last year, the company echoes the values and dedication to social change as Anita Roddick did.
Luxury with a conscience: Josie Maran
A model, a singer and an actor, with a string of famous performances in music videos, movies and advertisements, Josie Maran, launched her own cosmetic company called Josie Maran Cosmetics in 2007 at the young age of 28. Talented as she is, she is also a true follower of her company’s motto: luxury with a conscience. Committed to protecting and improving the environment, her main ingredient in her skin care products is fair trade argan oil, that is grown and harvested by co-operatives formed by Moroccan women.
Though these women come from different times and eras, they have one thing in common: entrepreneurial motivation! They give us hope and they give us inspiration, only to strive to make the world a better place.
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