It’s not often that you cross paths with trail-blazers who have transformed industries and eschewed messages of positivity along the way. But, when that rare occasion does happen, it sparks immeasurable joy and calls for a celebration. Our featured guest today is renowned as a self-made make-up mogul, influencer and leader in women’s empowerment. All of us at Grit Daily are enormously pleased to share Bobbi Brown’s perspective on the fashion movements and the next generation of entrepreneurs that she’s inspired.
Grit Daily: You’re Bobbi Brown, you can literally do anything in the world that you want to do and spend your time however you like, so how do you choose who to mentor?
Bobbi Brown: I like to mentor those around me who work really hard, and remain positive at all times. Ever since we began a start-up, my small but mighty team has worn many hats and worked very hard for every one of our accomplishments. I’m proud of my girls and love watching them grow and develop professionally.
GD: Your message and efforts have always been about empowerment. How has that changed as you’ve aged and since you’ve sold your brand?
BB: My message will never change. I believe that all women should feel empowered, and I have always said that women can do that by taking care of themselves from the inside, out, to look and feel their best. I want women to be their most confident selves, as confidence is beautiful.
GD: Minimalism has been your signature. It’s been evident in your make-up, personal style, The George Montclair inn decor and even in your message regarding consuming alcohol and pizza. “Only in moderation” is your approach. So, when you said that you liked glitter and disruptive ideas in an interview with Sali Hughes, it sparked this question. What do you think is today’s most disruptive innovation, in any field or discipline?
BB: I think one of the most disruptive ideas today is that people are starting to become conscious of what they’re putting on, and inside, their bodies. I don’t see the “clean beauty” trend going anywhere, and I love to see all these new indie brands coming out in the beauty industry.
“The better you take care of yourself on the inside, the better you look on the outside.” – Bobbi Brown
GD: You’ve taken a beauty-from-the-inside-out philosophy and applied it to a new venture. This seems like a natural evolution on your entrepreneurial journey, but it also seems like a dramatic pivot. What’s the reaction been to Evolution_18 to date?
BB: Ever since the beginning of my career and even in my first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty, published in 1997, I have always said that what you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your face. Taking care of yourself on the inside is the key to living a happy, and healthy, life. When I left the brand, it only seemed like a natural extension for me to start a company that was based on just that – beauty from the inside out.
GD: What do you wish entrepreneurs knew before they started their journeys?
BB: That if one door closes, the answer is not to give up, but to find a window to go through. You have to keep trying and keep pushing the limits in order to be successful.
GD: You have been associated with so many movements, brands, and events. At the end of the day, what do you want to be celebrated for?
BB: My authenticity. Whether it was the makeup I was putting on the market or my wellness products, I want women to know I am answering a need for them by creating the best possible formulas. I have always believed in simplicity. Makeup and wellness shouldn’t be hard.
GD: Thank you, Bobbi Brown, for making so many of us feel more confident in our own skin and feeling better about ourselves. We know that your time is valuable and truly appreciate it.