Today is International Women’s Day, which is a global celebration to show appreciation and respect for women who have achieved social, political, and economic milestones. The beauty industry in particular has some powerful girl bosses who are changing the game in major ways—these ladies are charitable, entrepreneurial, and are disrupting the beauty space in the best way possible. Keep scrolling to find out who they are!
At 34, Eva Chen became Lucky magazine’s editor in chief, making her the youngest editor at a major women’s magazine in the U.S. It wasn't long, however, before Chen was snapped up by Instagram as Head of Fashion Partnerships. Chen is a style and beauty authority, offering up the best advice for the everyday essentials that we need in our lives. And where would we be without her incredible Tumblr and Instagram feed? Completely lost, that’s where.
Bobbi Brown has been a force in the makeup industry for more than two decades, inspiring women with one simple beauty philosophy: “Be who you are.” Her Pretty Powerful Campaign promotes that message by empowering women and girls around the world.
When former Vogue assistant Emily Weiss couldn’t find anything on the Internet that inspired her, she decided to start her own beauty blog, Into the Gloss, in 2010. Fast-forward six years and ITG is one of the most popular sites in the industry, with product reviews and interviews with models, makeup artists and influencers. Weiss also launched Glossier, a beauty brand that offers a line of skin essentials for the modern cool girl.
If there’s one word to describe Pat McGrath, it’s incomparable. Don’t believe us? Vogue magazine called her the most influential makeup artist in the world. Over the past two decades, McGrath has worked her magic on the runways from New York City to Milan, yet her international career seems to just be warming up. She’s also the Global Creative Design Director of Procter & Gamble, overseeing the cosmetic divisions of Cover Girl, Dolce & Gabbana and Max Factor. Oh, not to mention she's the proud creator of her own sell-out products that caused a frenzy online each time they dropped.
Thanks to Hannah Bronfman, if you're ever in NYC you can schedule same-day beauty and wellness services at the touch of a button. Bronfman is the co-founder of Beautified, a mobile app that offers an easy way to book appointments without the wait time. In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Bronfman is also a model, DJ, and fitness and lifestyle guru of HBFit. Go check out her Instagram account for some healthy inspiration!
Now here is a woman that proves age is nothing but a number. At 66, Linda Rodin is the ultimate badass, with an amazing skincare line and major modeling campaigns. The former fashion stylist (she’s dressed Madonna, Halle Berry, and Gisele Bündchen!) launched her beauty brand Rodin Olio Lusso in 2007 after creating her signature Luxury Face Oil (£105) by mixing essential oils in her bathroom. Her lavish skincare brand also includes body oil, hair oil, lip balm, body cream, and perfume.
Tell us below which girl boss inspires you!
Ed Note. This feature was originally published in 2015.