Beauty's Women Entrepreneurs
Who's the Boss?
Nine of beauty's fearless female leaders share their best advice and what being a Girl Boss means to them.
By Erica Lopez
The strength of female entrepreneurs is a thing of beauty, and the only thing more beautiful than a woman in control of her own destiny is one who supports others on their own journeys to success.
We want to introduce you to a collection of dynamic women from our Nordstrom beauty family who lead with unwavering passion and make us feel amazing while they do it, from their organic facial oils and innovative hair devices to the advice and inspiration they impart, giving us the confidence and courage to chase our own dreams.
"My mantra is 'Give a woman the right makeup and she can conquer the world!' I am so passionate about empowering women to feel and look their best because everyone wants and deserves to be the best version of themselves. I built my brand to share the power of makeup. Makeup can give you the confidence to get the job you always wanted, move abroad, ask for a pay rise, speak at a conference.
"It is incredibly important to have female bosses as role models in any industry and in your personal life too. Personally, I have looked up to many inspirational females during my career who have and are transforming lives around the world—Helena Rubinstein, Estée Lauder, Coco Chanel, Oprah, Amal Clooney. They were/are true visionaries who continue to inspire with their wit, intelligence and style. It makes me very proud to think I am now inspiring other women to believe in themselves as powerful businesswomen as well as mothers and wives."
"Being a Girl Boss means being real, being honest and taking care of your employees. Everyone who is part of our Tata Harper Skincare family is like my extended family. We spend so much time together that it is important that we all work well and productively together and, of course, at the end of the day, have fun doing it."
"Taking a vision and turning it into a reality is one of the greatest feelings of success. Growing a company that focuses on empowerment, creativity and spreading love and beauty into the world is what being a Girl Boss is all about. From stories of women that were born with limitations, to hairdressers that developed wrist problems, to everyday women balancing life—it's incredible to hear how they are finally able to curl their hair and how The Beachwaver has given them more confidence. The journey of being a Girl Boss is in the day-to-day stories, moments and experiences."
"I am a woman, a founder and a CEO with all of the responsibilities of stewardship that the titles imply: ensuring my team is cared for, focused and in their right work; learning from, teaching and maintaining quality relationships with our extended professional community; serving, educating and delighting our patrons; and last but certainly not least, embodying the example of integrity and thoughtfulness that our team collectively upholds.
"The means are the ends: If you want beauty, begin with beauty. If you want kindness, be kind. If you want to live a creative life, create."
"Never lose your curiosity, your tenacity or your fearlessness. Take risks. Stay humble and keep both feet on the ground. I love the term Girl Boss because it sounds badass. Other than that, though, the word boss doesn't apply to me and my team. We all operate on an equal level characterized by friendship, trust and professionalism."
"Having had many senior roles over the years, I am and have been empowered and supported by so many great women. Aromatherapy Associates was set up in 1985 by two of these women, Geraldine Howard and Sue Beechey. It's always been a brand that has been driven to support women in the art of living well and being kind to themselves while staying true to our roots. Those attributes are what it means to be a Girl Boss. I'm honored to be able to talk about self-care, kindness, emotional balance, mindfulness, trust and empathy—all life skills we need to have if we're going to create a more balanced and happy everyday in the workplace or home."
"Well, even to be called a Girl Boss is pretty cool. I suppose it means that I, along with the help of my truly remarkable team, am helping pave the way and show women and girls everywhere that they really can do whatever they set their minds to, and that there is no one way to achieve success and happiness."