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After all of the aftermath surrounding Forbes referring to Kylie Jenner as a self-made billionaire, the true self-made queen of beauty, Pat McGrath, is in our midst that I believe we can all get behind.
The British makeup artist was dubbed the most influential MUA in the world by Anna Wintour. With McGrath's hefty resume and track record, that is definitely not a misnomer. She is the artist behind makeup at fashion shows and shoots all around the world and for many publications; Queen Elizabeth II made her a member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to the fashion and beauty industries; she was engaged as the Global Beauty Creative Design Director by Proctor and Gamble in 2004; she has developed and launched luxury cosmetic brands for the likes of Giorgio Armani and Dolce and Gabbana, to name a few; and she conceptualizes and creates beauty looks for more than 60 ready-to-wear and couture shows each season in Milan, Paris, London and New York. It's certainly no surprise that Pat McGrath is the most sought-after makeup artist in the world; her work is legendary!
Her own brand, Pat McGrath Labs is known for breathtakingly beautiful moments on social media, gorgeous pigments and colors and extremely high-quality products. Its most recent success has, if nothing else, has cemented her place in the multi-billion dollar global beauty industry as a leading innovator and creator with endless reach and influence. Pat McGrath Labs was recently estimated to be worth over $1 billion. Pat McGrath has perfected her level of talent and built her reputation, brand and business from the ground up. The hard work and dedication to her craft shows with each runway show, product launch
It's so amazing to see a black woman excel at the top of her industry! Pat McGrath is definitely an inspiration for entrepreneurs in fashion and beauty all over the world. Seeing all of the work that she has done and all of the projects she's had her hands on was super inspiring to me! I can't wait to see what's next for her and her brand.
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Kylie Jenner has managed to create one of the most relavent, influential cosmetic empires of the current beauty landscape, and she’s well on her way to becoming the youngest billionaire.
Her success is commendable, and this milestone is something to be celebrated. At 21, Jenner’s makeup brand Kylie Cosmetics is worth $900 million dollars, with an expected rise to $1 billion coming in the near future. This milestone landed the Kylie Cosmetics owner a Forbes cover acknowledging her success. It was all good until Forbes named Jenner the “youngest-ever self-made billionaire.”
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While we can acknowledge Kylie Jenner’s success and how she has been able to utilize social media and her image to garner success for her brand, make no mistake in conflating her success outside of the Kardashian/ Jenner brand with being defined as self-made.
Self-made is one thing that Kylie is not! That says nothing about her dedication concerning her company and other endeavors, but it makes plain the fact that she had help on her stair climb to billionaire status. She was born into a family with money, and her potential trajectory for success was further cushioned by the platform that came with and the money machine that is the KUWTK franchise. Did she ask for that privilege (that doubles as a blessing and a curse)? No. Does that take anything away from the validity of her brand? Of course not. However, the fact of the matter is that her situation afforded her the familial financial backing and platform that undoubtedly contributed to her success with her brand.
The same would go for any celebrity child or any child born into a family with money and/ or status. The type of situation that includes money, access and status makes it easier to get a business started and off the ground. Even if one would fail, the fall isn’t as hard as it’d be for someone who doesn’t come from the same financial situation. For an entrepreneur who is making moves and making things happen on their own, they feel the effects of failure and missteps deeper than their wealth-supported counterpart would.
Nonetheless, congratulations are in order for Kylie and Kylie Cosmetics. The birth and success of a company is always a great and inspiring thing to witness.
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