Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Elizabeth Arden

Canadian-born cosmetics executive Elizabeth Arden was born today (December 31st) in 1878.
Planning to get rich by making other women pay to be beautiful, and backed by nothing more than determination, a gift for salesmanship and a fictitious name, she proceeded to create a new industry. Some said her success lay in treating women like horses and horses like women. She certainly tyrannized over both her staff and her clients, only cosseting her derby-winning thoroughbreds and her pet dogs. Her business took the place of romance, and her racing stable gave her the entree into society she longed for. What need did she have for men?

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