The 10 Most Influential Women in Beauty – Beauty With Brains – Daily Glow. (original article no longer exists unfortunately)
If you’ve ever wondered how today’s and yesterday’s beauty brands got their start, take a minute to look at The Daily Glow’s brief history and photos of the visionary women who created them.
Over the past few years, I saw a couple of documentaries on PBS about the early days of beauty brands that really had an impact on me.
- The first one, shown during Black History Month a while back, told the story of Madam C.J. Walker, illiterate daughter of recently freed slaves who started her business at the turn of the 20th century creating haircare products for African-American women. She became America’s first self-made woman millionaire. Amazing. The documentary was reissued as “Indiana Legends: Madam C.J. Walker”, based on award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s 1987 documentary “Two Dollars and a Dream”.
- The second one, “The Powder and The Glory” by Grossman and Reisman, chronicled the not-so-friendly rivalry in the first half of the 20th century between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, America’s first ladies of modern cosmetics.
I hope they become available again to view on PBS TV (they’re available for purchase). Both documentaries are inspiring and fascinating to watch.
So, click on the link above and get to know the stories of the women entrepreneurs in beauty, some of whom made it against all odds.