13 inspirational women—and their words of wisdom

In celebration of International Women’s Day (8 March), we’re turning our attention to some of our female brand founders—strong, empowering women who have created their own businesses (from newly-hatched to long-time industry favourites) to rise to the top of their game on Planet Beauty.

In the spirit of paying it forward (and always bringing you the inside word), we’ve tapped 13 of our favourite beauty role models to share their advice, words of wisdom and important life lessons. Take note.


“What would you do, or attempt to do if you know for sure you could not fail.” Rae Morris

“Follow your intuition, do what you want to do but…go beyond the boundaries of your possibilities.” Terry de Gunzburg, By Terry

“Always be honest and never let anyone have access to your bank account. LOL.” Rose-Marie Swift, rms beauty

“Put kindness into the universe and it comes back to you (just maybe not immediately!). Random acts of kindness as well as empathy and listening instils a kind of powerful energy of its own that empowers and creates good will.” Kat Burki

“My mother, Carol Cole, is the most inspirational woman I know. She was a single mother of two, who worked seven days a week to put food on the table for my older sister and me. Throughout the 1980s, she worked day and night travelling from San Diego to Los Angeles, lugging her large professional microcurrent “facial exercising” machine from home to home, treating around 10 clients a day. When I was 19, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to go back to work DAYS after her mastectomy. I remember she told me ‘even when times are tough, surround yourself with good people…and people that believe in your vision…so collectively you can create great things’.”Tera Peterson, NuFACE

“Just to treat people the way you want to be treated.”Tiffany Masterson, Drunk Elephant

“One of my father’s heroes was Winston Churchill who said: ‘success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.’" Ellis Faas


“To trust that things will work out—they always do. And to stay true to yourself, no matter what. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Trust yourself!” Sylvie Chantecaille, Chantecaille

“Believe in yourself even if people try to discourage you, even if you feel different… I believed in myself and stayed focused on my own project. Now, I even receive compliments from the people who tried to discourage me. More often than not, they’re projecting themselves onto you; their lack of confidence, their fears.” Angelik Iffennecker, Le Sourcil

“The biggest lesson I've learned is to approach challenges ‘step by step’. In fact, it is my mantra. I often advise my employees (and myself!) to break challenges down into manageable pieces. I have also learned that it is best to remain open-minded when resolving challenges. By putting yourself in other people's shoes, you will overcome challenges far more readily than with a closed mind.” Jin Soon Choi, JINsoon

“I’ve learnt that you can't be great at everything and asking for help can actually open doors you never anticipated. More often than not, there is someone who is already an expert in that field and can accomplish the task far better and more efficiently. The trick is to find these wonderful humans and persuade them to join forces—spoiling them with champagne doesn't hurt! That goes hand in hand with asking for help. I am constantly asking for help. You never know who may know who and how someone may be involved in some part of your industry.” Bee Shapiro, Ellis Brooklyn

“My biggest lesson…you can usually control your business but you can’t always control life. Things happen, and when they do it’s important to trust yourself and really listen to your intuition. Sometimes that can get cloudy as the business grows but it’s important to take the time to think about your choices and your decisions as they will ricochet throughout the rest of your life.” Sasha Plavsic, ILIA

“I've learnt the value of a great team. When you surround yourself with the right people, not only do you have incredible talent but you have a second family. I'm so grateful for everyone at Tatcha.” Vicky Tsai, Tatcha

As told to Helene Pappas
March 2018


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