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8 women from fashion and beauty who really mean business

Star2 logo Star2 21/3/2019 BERVIN CHEONG

Fashion and beauty rely on women as consumers. So it does not come as a surprise that female entrepreneurs are taking the reins and laying down their mark in the running of the industry.

Here’s a look at notable female bosses – both from within Malaysia and around the world – who have made strides with their respective brands.

Neelofa

Neelofa, with her modest fashion business, is a force to be reckoned with. She made it into the 2017 Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list (retail and e-commerce category), which honours the best of young talents in their respective fields.

Tory Burch

Despite having no prior business experience, Tory Burch built a multi-billion dollar fashion empire in less than a decade. Today, women everywhere are wearing clothing and accessories bearing her distinctive double-T logo.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney carved out a niche for herself by focusing on an eco-friendly and cruelty-free approach to fashion. Her label has flourished over the years, spurred by the message of sustainability and social responsibility.

Alia Bastamam

Alia Bastamam has long cemented her presence in the local fashion industry. Starting off with custom and bridal orders, her brand then moved on to conquer the ready-to-wear market with trendy everyday pieces.

Tory Burch standing in front of a window: women © Provided by SMG Business Services Sdn Bhd. women Stella McCartney smiling for the camera: women © Provided by SMG Business Services Sdn Bhd. women a woman posing for a picture: women © Provided by SMG Business Services Sdn Bhd. women

Izrin Ismail

As the founder of Innai Red, Izrin Ismail certainly knows a thing or two about building a brand. Her label celebrates femininity, and is the go-to label for different occasions such as Raya and weddings.

Jenn Low

Jenn Low started her business from her bedroom, but today, international stars the likes of Gigi Hadid, the Kardashians and Jessica Alba are wearing her jewellery. The Wanderlust + Co brand is currently stocked in stores all over the world.

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown first found success in designing cosmetics to highlight a woman’s natural look. Since leaving her eponymous brand in 2016, she has continued to command attention, both as a sought-after speaker and celebrated author.

Kat Von D

Capitalising on social media fame, Kat Von D transformed her eccentricity into mainstream success. Her 100% vegan makeup line is definitely a big deal, with a buzz generated each time she releases a new product.

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