Queen Muva of Beauty PAT MCGRATH: #SelfMade and Taking the Throne
When Forbes trolled us last week with their Kylie Jenner cover story stating she was #selfmade I, like many, rolled my eyes into the back of my head and skipped over to the dictionary because possibly I may have forgotten what it meant and well it's 2018 and our country is being ran by incompetent man child so well anything goes.
But, lone and behold, the actual twitter account for the Dictionary had already spoken on the matter and reaffirmed that self-made was not exactly what Ms. Jenner was professed to be.
And as American literary and scholar, Roxanne Gay reminded us "words have meaning." And we should do our best to use them wisely and correctly.
And although Jenner is not self-made, she did indeed create a $900M empire by capitalizing on her celebrity, wealth, mentorship ( Momager of the century, Kris Jenner), and the digital age. So kudos to her I guess...
But as the Kylie Jenner story went viral, many folks countered with people who were actually self-made and yesterday, it was reported that the Queen Muva of the beauty industry, Pat McGrath's Pat McGrath Labs will surpass $1B valuation thus taking realm of the coveted beauty throne. Reminding us once again why she been heralded the most influential make up artist by none other than the illustrious, Anna Wintour.
So about this self-made thing...
The British-born maven has no formal beauty training and never finished her Art degree at Northampton college. She notes that her single mother, Jean McGrath, a Jamaican expat, was the one who inspired her love of make up and fashion through watching classic films. Jean truly laid the foundation ( no pun intended) for what would soon become her destiny.
From an early career collaborating with now Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue, Edward Enningful who was the Fashion Director at I-D Magazine in the 90s and catapulting it to international notoriety to befriending and shooting with the legendary photographer Steven Meisel on notable editorials and fashion campaigns, McGrath has always been a force. Meisel admires and entrusts McGrath's creative vision so much that he rarely shoots without her.
Can we say #BOSS!
This #ladyboss has quite the resume as noted in her bio. Having launched cosmetics with Giorgio Imani, to being the "Global Beauty Creative Design Director by Procter & Gamble in 2004, Pat McGrath oversees Covergirl, Max Factor and created Dolce & Gabbana: The Makeup. Recently, she also designed and launched Gucci’s debut cosmetic collection." She has been an innovator, creator, and collaborator with some of the worlds most renowned fashion brands and magazines. Her take on beauty has inspired generations of the past and those to come. Her influence, expertise, and execution is simply unmatched. We can't wait to see what's to come with Path McGrath Labs! This trailblazer and #selfmade mogul is (and has always been) one to watch.
Kudos on creating a $1B empire Pat. And changing the face of beauty!