Jamie Kern Lima, co-founder and CEO of IT Cosmetics, has a protracted record of accomplishments – beginning her personal enterprise, promoting her firm to L’Oreal for $1.2 billion in 2016 and being honored on the annual Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Achiever Awards are just a few.
“I’m just not sure women will buy makeup from someone who looks like you, you know, with your body and your weight,” the investor instructed Lima after she had pitched him her concept.
Rather than imagine him, the as soon as profitable TV new anchor says she discovered a brand new mission – to show the investor unsuitable.
Lima, a sufferer of rosacea and hyperpigmentation, wanted merchandise that may assist her along with her particular pores and skin points, which pushed her to create a line of accessible magnificence merchandise for all girls.
But Lima wasn’t solely out to introduce her line of cosmetics in shops – she wished to create extra range in magnificence. In her merchandise launch on QVC, which offered out, she selected fashions that went in opposition to the grain – a 73-year-old girl and an African American mannequin with zits.
“You see now, seven years later, almost all makeup brands showing real women in before-and-afters,” Lima says.
Other magnificence manufacturers are usually not the one ones being attentive to Lima’s billion-dollar success. The authentic investor reached out to Lima after her L’Oreal acquisition.
“Congratulations,” the investor stated in an e-mail. “I was wrong.”
Lima identified in her speech that “It would have been the most successful investment in [the investor’s] company’s history.”
But she’s not completed lobbying for inclusivity in magnificence and cosmetics. She ended her speech with a remaining name to motion for these “people who singlehandedly decide the images billions of women see around the world.”
“[Ask]: How will these images impact your mothers, and your sisters, and how will they impact your daughters?”