WOMEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Our spotlight features women of color who are making a mark in beauty and fashion. Periodically, we will highlight new women and their groundbreaking achievements.
Elaine Welteroth, Teen Vogue's new Editor-In-Chief
At just 30 years old, Welteroth is the first African-American and youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast’s 108 year history. She’s truly remarkable. Welteroth has made an indelible mark on Teen Vogue magazine, bringing to the Condé Nast family table a unique editorial eye that prioritizes inclusivity, offering a fresh perspective on the issues facing young adults today.
Balanda Attis, Chemist, L'Oreal Women of Color Lab
In 2014, L’Oréal Paris opened the Women of Color Lab in Clark, New Jersey to create cosmetic products for women of color. Chemist Balanda Atis, who created foundation colors for Lupita Nyong’o's Lancôme campaign, now heads the lab. Atis, who grew up in a Haitian community in East Orange, New Jersey, joined L’Oréal in 1999 as a researcher and gained patents for products she created in the mascara lab.
Milly Almodovar, TV Beauty Expert and Brand Consultant
As former senior beauty editor at Cosmo Latina, Milly is a famed beauty guru and the industry's go-to source for latest and greatest products. She gives presentations on the power of the Latin market to beauty industry execs and advertisers. Milly has been seen on The Today Show, Wendy Williams Show, Steve Harvey Show and more. She is a wife, mom and is an active member of the Writers Guild East.
Lisa Price, Founder, Carol's Daughter
Founder Lisa Price began working on the products for her line, Carol's Daughter, in the 1980s, when she was working on the set of The Cosby Show. In her free time she made organic beauty products in her kitchen, including pure oils such as sweet almond, jojoba, and soy.Her experimentation eventually led to a mail-order and online business in 1993, followed by the first store opening in Brooklyn in 1999.During the fall of 2005, she opened a second store on 125th Street in Harlem.
Chanel Martin and Candace Mitchell, Cofounders, Techturized, Inc.
Techturized, Inc. is a beauty technology startup creating innovative solutions to solve the hair needs of women of color. Their first product is Myavana, a mobile app where consumers share hairstyle tips and techniques through photo sharing. The app connects the consumer to local stylists through location-based listings and provide a niche advertising opportunity for hair care brands and salons. They strategically target African-American women, who drive 1/3 of sales in the U.S. hair care retail market. The utility of this mobile based solution is well positioned to disrupt the $10 billion hair care retail industry. The mobile app will revolutionize current consumer behavior through personalization and establishing a go-to resource for black hair care.
Katia Beauchamp, Founder, Birchbox
Katia began her career as an entrepreneur after graduating from Harvard Business School in 2010, where she met Hayley Barna, her Birchbox Co-founder. Their connection grew into friendship and the pair’s collaborative idea for Birchbox inspired the company’s debut in September 2010.
Prior to founding Birchbox, Katia worked in structured finance and commercial real estate for three years. Katia’s love for all things beauty and style combined with her skills from a deal-focused and finance background are instrumental in forming partnerships with brands as well as in growing and scaling the Birchbox business.
A native Texan, Beauchamp has a master's degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College.
Madison Maxey, Fashion Designer, The Crafted
Madison Maxey works in the smart apparel and wearables industry. Her work and contributions to the wearable technology space have been featured in Wired, FastCompany and New York Magazine and she has provided e-textiles insights to the likes of the White House and Google. In her teens, she interned at Tommy Hilfiger and Nylon Magazine and is a Teen Vogue and CF+DA scholarship recipient. She is a Forbes 30 under 30 Member and on the NYCBLK 28 under 28 list. She has held creative tech residences/ fellowships at Autodesk, The School of Visual Arts and Undercurrent (acquired by Quirky) and is on the board of the Urban Assembly Maker Academy, a school focused on fabrications and design thinking.
Additional work categories include 3D printing, digital fabrications and computational design.
Delfina Delettrez, Jewelry Designer, Delfina Delettrez
Delfina Delettrez Fendi is an Italian jewelry designer born in 1987 in Rome, Italy. As a fourth generation Fendi, she is the heir to the Italian fashion house, and just like her great-grandmother Adèle Fendi, grandmother Anna Fendi and mother Silvia Fendi, Delfina Delettrez Fendi has a veritable passion for fashion and accessories. During her childhood, the designer spent her time between Rome and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and attended a French elementary school before going to an American high school. After her studies, she worked three internships in Paris at the Chanel style office for haute couture. As her creative vision and taste for all things beautiful developed and influenced her style choices, Delfina Delettrez decided to take up the gold and silversmith trade. The designer enjoyed working with gold, silver and precious stones as well as leather, glass and exotic woods, all of which helped her find her bold and fantasy-laden style. Delfina began creating jewelry with rock, romantic and sometimes gothic influences and her designs started to take on her iconic floral, animal, insect, cross and skull motifs. Like the celebrated Leonardo de Vinci whom she admires, Delfina Delettrez uses the human body as a source of inspiration.