Meet the Women Changing the Beauty Industry in 2019 

New York, NY––August 13, 2019––This year has made one thing clear: women are showing up, stepping up, and taking what they deserve. From politics to pop culture, women aren't just leveling the playing field, they're owning it. As Glamour ramps up to the annual Women of the Year summit, we will be highlighting women across industries who do the work every day. Whether it's the CEO of a multinational retail corporation, a James Beard Award-winning chef, or the World Cup champions, here are the women you need to know right now. 

This month: the 12 women who are making their mark in the world of beauty, where entrepreneurs, artists, influencers, and legislators are fighting to make the industry—and our culture at large—a more inclusive, truly beautiful place.

The full list of women is below.

All beauty features can be found here.

Revisit the College Women of the Year, here, and the Women of the Year in sports, here.

Poosh Founder Kourtney Kardashian: The Safe-Beauty Star 

“I don’t know if cosmetics regulation has been swept under the rug because when you say the word ‘cosmetics’ you think of girls putting on makeup—but it’s so much more than that. It's all personal care products, from things you use on newborn babies to deodorant, toothpaste, and face wash...By calling it ‘cosmetics,’ it's not taken as such a serious issue.”
The eldest Kardashian sister is using her star power to not only bring awareness to the lack of FDA regulation in the cosmetics industry—it’s been 80 years since the FDA last made any changes to cosmetics laws—she’s also pushing Congress to change it.
This year she launched Poosh, a lifestyle website she hopes will spark conversation around health and wellness in a palatable way.

Read her full feature here.

Social Media Beauty  Star Jackie Aina: The Power Influencer

“I truly mean this wholeheartedly, whenever I talk about brands, I want them to actually implement that feedback and use it to their benefit.”

After rising to fame as a beauty influencer, Aina continues to stand out in a saturated field by using her platform to hold brands accountable. The 32-year-old boasts 3 million subscribers on YouTube, and 1.2 million followers on Instagram, and speaks out about beauty brands who lack inclusivity or promote colorism. Her commitment to accountability is working––brands now invite Aina to work behind the scenes to help them ensure products cater to deeper skin tones from the get-go. 

Read her full feature here.

Ashley Armitage: The Body-Positive Photographer 

“I went into photography thinking, I want to bring in a new voice. I want to show different body types, different genders, different skin tones, and things that society would say are imperfect like fat rolls, pimples, or stretch marks. I thought, 'I'm going to have to continue doing this work, because we have to normalize this, apparently.'"

The 26-year-old social photographer shoots dreamy but hyper-realistic images of women’s bodies—whether that’s showing girls handing each other a tampon under the bathroom door, or them grooming their body hair for a Billie’s ad. In 2018, she directed a 30 second commercial that was the first ad ever to show women actually removing body hair. Her focus on the female gaze is a breath of fresh air in the male-dominated film and photography industries.

Read her full feature here.

Model Mama Cax: The Visibility Crusader 

"I'd love to see [more of us] in campaigns about jewelry or wedding rings. Disability crosses so many identities, and oftentimes those aren't represented. Kids need to see disabled people in families, as couples, as a love interest, just like you're representing everyone else. The focus doesn't have to be disability; it needs to be the person. That's what's still missing."

Whether on the runway, in an Olay ad, or on Instagram, Mama Cax brings an important message—that women with disabilities are just that, women, and they deserve to be seen. Cax, who has a prosthetic leg, is pushing for the modeling world to be more inclusive and redefine what beauty looks like.

Read her full feature here.

L’Oréal Paris Deputy General Manager Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle: The Culture-Shifting Exec

“Women are defined by so much more than just their age or backgrounds, and we [L’Oréal Paris] want this to come across in everything we do…At the very heart of my job is creating awareness around every woman’s worth.”

Nelson-Bogle has worked at L’Oreal Paris for 15 years, serving in eight roles and powering some of the brand’s biggest campaigns. Now, as the company’s Deputy GM, she takes on the important job of pushing back against the status quo set by the beauty industry for years. She’s the decision-maker behind all the spokeswomen, and she’s leading the charge with a sharp, forward-thinking vision. 

Read her full feature here.

Beauty Bakerie Founder Cashmere Nicole: The New-Age CEO 

"I lived in this survival mode. As a single mom, you don't really have a choice. If you don't keep going, if you stop today, it's a matter of if you eat or not."

Indie beauty brands are popping up left and right, but none have captured attention quite like Beauty Bakerie and its founder Cashmere Nicole. A black single mother and cancer survivor, Nicole struck gold on the perfect mix of fun, inclusive beauty that caters to all women. Her determination to run a brand on her terms paid off: Beauty Bakerie is now valued at $15 million.

Read her full feature here.

Hair Stylist Lacy Redway: The Stylist Every Celebrity Wants 

“There are still huge hair stylists who work in the business that refuse to learn techniques [for textured hair]. They'll take the job, hire an assistant to come in, and then they'll put their name on it. It's so wild that the industry still supports this behavior. As a hairstylist, I don't think you can truly consider yourself the best unless you can really cater to everyone."

Redway is one of the most sought after stylists in Hollywood. She is a master of textured hair at a time when even many top tier stylists don’t know the basics. Redway is adamant that these huge gaps in education should no longer be tolerated, and demands the industry be more inclusive of women of color.

Read her full feature here.

Megababe Founder Katie Sturino: The Chub-Rub Queen

I got the idea for Megababe because after years and years of using a men's product to stop thigh chafe, I was like, is this the best I can do? A product that's meant for men's ball areas? There was nothing just for women that wasn’t embarrassing or cheesy, and I thought there needed to be a normal, cool product for us. I hope to make chafing something you don't have to whisper about.”
Sturino invented Megabage, a deodorant for the thighs to thwart off “chub-rub,” and revolutionized an industry. Since launching the famed anti-chafe stick and boob-sweat powder, she’s sold out of stock multiple times and has built a community based on honest dialogue around the “embarrassing” body issues women are often shamed for.

Read her full feature here.

The Hair-Discrimination Warriors: Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis, United States Army CPT. Whennah Andrews, State Senator (D-Calif) Holly Mitchell, and EVP and COO of Beauty and Personal Care at Unilever Esi Eggleston Bracey

“I've always believed that being in the U.S. Army we represent a diverse nation, and I wanted our military to converge to that reality. But there we were, limiting folks from joining. You can look like me and still do your job, and I think that's an amazing recruiting tool." —CPT. Whennah Andrews

Until last year, even the government had restrictions on protective styles like braids and locs for women in the Army. That’s finally changing thanks to the collective sisterhood raising their voices to declare this is illegal racial discrimination. 

Read the full feature here.