The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description.Steve Maraboli
Since time immemorial, men have dominated the society and its industries. However, in recent years, women have made groundbreaking changes by coming out and protesting against the shadows of social evils. Things are changing as more women step outside their houses every day to go to work. These winds of changes have also affected the business industries as women like Coco Chanel led the pathway.
Women embody the new world, which is daring, unapologetic and willing to take risks. The tables have turned as women have realised that they are the masters of their own fate, and have proved so. Emboldened with the triumph and acknowledgement gained by the Feminist movement, the past decade has seen an upsurge in women entrepreneurs who have carved out a niche for themselves.
Some, with little or no background and aid in their chosen entrepreneurship endeavour, have not only managed to overcome barriers of patriarchy but also showed the world how to do business. From making a social impact to being hands-on with technology to opening up new vistas and inspiring their own, these women are the leaders of today. The coming of age industries have especially witnessed and supported the rise of women tycoons like Huda Kattan, Indu Jain, Tory Burch, Vera Wang, Ritu Kumar and Ashley Graham to a name a notable few. This industry keeps flourishing and strives to do better every day by providing scope to young and fresh influencers frantically searching for a platform to express their creativity.
These women have taught us that a positive outlook, courage, and confidence can take you a long way! Today, these remarkable women are establishing their business and making a brand out of their home name. To know how to step out for work in style And, not only that, they also inspire you to do the same.
Best Women Entrepreneurs The World Has Seen
From the beauty/fashion industry to technology and publishing, here are the best women entrepreneurs:
- Coco Chanel, (Chanel Label)
- Indu Jain, (Bennet, Coleman & Co. Ltd) (TOI)
- Vandana Luthra, (VLCC)
- Huda Kattan, (Huda Beauty)
- Cher Wang, (HTC Corporation)
- Ritu Kumar, (Ritu Kumar Label)
- Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, (Biocon Limited)
- Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post)
- Jennifer Hyman (Rent the Runway)
- Falguni Nayar (Nykaa)
1. Coco Chanel (Chanel Label)
Coco Chanel, a French fashion designer anf an iconic diva led the revolution back in the Post-World War 1 era. At a time, when the woman's role was restricted to domestic service, she created her own fashion label. She liberated women from the painful "corseted silhouette" and introduced a comfortable sporty chic look. She revolutionised fashion for the feminine standard style and encouraged women to ditch the traditional corset garment. However, her journey wasn't as smooth as it would seem now. She wasn't spared the judgement and criticism of the conservative orthodox society. Standing up against all odds, she spread her aesthetic influence to the field of jewelry, handbags, footwear and fragrance. Thus, even after 100 years of its inception, the Chanel brand is unrivalled, best in the business and one of the top luxury brands of the century.
2. Indu Jain, (Bennet, Coleman & Co. Ltd)
Indu Jain is a popular name known to budding entrepreneurs. Another inspirational woman, Indu Jain is the chairperson of the Bennet, Coleman & Co. Ltd that owns India's leading newspaper daily, 'The Times of India'. The 82-year-old woman inspires the youth of India every day to rise, shine and to stand up on their own feet. Thus, even at the age of 82, Indu Jain is undefeated and glows like no other! Indu Jain was awarded the prestigious and coveted Padma Bhushan Award in 2016 for her phenomenal contributions.
3. Vandana Luthra (VLCC)
Vandana Jain was a homemaker who was tired of the walls of domestic life. Thus, she came up with a futuristic wellness and beauty company, VLCC in 1989. She revolutionized beauty, fitness, and wellness for the average Indian woman by catering to the needs of all. Today, VLCC stands as a beauty giant specializing in ayurvedic and organic recipes for skincare and beauty. VLCC is a household name. Vandana Luthra, also a passionate traveler, borrowed insights from countries like the UK and Germany for her own company VLCC. Therefore, absolutely dedicated to her brainchild, VLCC, she strives every day to come up with better products. Her hard work, determination, and persistence won her the esteemed Padma Shri award.
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4. Huda Kattan,(Huda Beauty)
The beauty mogul, Huda Kattan, used to be a makeup artist. Disappointed with the low quality of makeup available, especially with false eyelashes, she set out to produce her own fake eyelash brand in 2013. Soon, she branched out to create an entire cosmetic lined called Huda Beauty. Thus, in just six to seven years, Huda Kattan owns a beauty and makeup empire worth $550 million. Huda Cosmetics is loved worldwide and sworn by popular celebrities including Kim Kardashian. In just the span of six years, Huda Beauty has received a positive reputation. Huda Kattan was crowned as the Richest-Self Made Woman and one of the Top Three Beauty Influencers by Forbes.
5. Cher Wang (HTC Corporation)
Considered as one of the most successful women in technology, Cher Wang is the co-founder of the iconic HTC Corporation. HTC is a household name in every country. The billion-dollar company HTC, founded in 1997 is dedicated to manufacturing innovative smartphones and laptops. Initially, it began as an original design manufacturer. However, it soon branched out to new and innovative fields. Single-handedly, Cher Wang strives to produce better models each day and has also led the company to glory. Today, the HTC company is worth even more than 1.6 billion dollars, thus, making Cher Wang one of the most powerful and successful women in the world.
6. Ritu Kumar (Ritu Kumar Label)
One of the most popular and influential names in the Indian fashion industry, Ritu Kumar is a self-made fashion designer. Her fashion business had humble beginnings in Kolkata where she started off with hand-block printing mechanism. She started with her bridal collection and evening wear in 1970's and soon spread to the international market. Currently, she co-owns the Ritu Kumar Label with her son Amrish, and is worth $10 billion dollars. Her designs primarily focus on traditional Indian or ethnic prints and natural fabrics. She has a famous sari, bridal wear, swimwear, formal and evening wear line. Her designs have created history in the Miss India pageants. Her efforts didn't go unnoticed as the Government of India awarded this hard-working woman with the Padma Shri Award in 2013.
7. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Biocon Limited)
Known as one of India's first women entrepreneurs, the sixty-five years old Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has created her own name. She founded the breakthrough business company Biocon Limited in 1978, which is devoted to selling bio-pharmaceuticals to over 120 countries. Her company is worth $3.5 billion dollars and she herself as staggering wealth. Thus, with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw's leadership, Biocon Limited is dedicated to research for diseases affecting India like diabetes and cancer.
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8. Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post)
An author, a columnist and also a businesswoman, Arianna Huffington is a name worth mentioning. The founder and CEO of Thrive Global and also the author of over fifteen books, Arianna Huffington came up with The Huffington Post in 2005. The Huffington Post is an avant-garde news and blogging website. Thus, her website, HuffPost or Huffington Post is a global online portal and a digital outlet for news, fitness, wellness, and lifestyle-related topics. Her contribution to the media has been unparalleled and truly phenomenal. At the age of 68, she makes over $50 million. She was also declared as one of the most powerful and successful women by Forbes.
9. Jennifer Hyman (Rent The Runway)
Making every fashion enthusiast's dream come true, Jennifer Hyman is the CEO and co-founder of Rent The Runway. She makes runway affordable for all the connoisseurs of fashion. Rent The Runway is a state-of-the-art is a fashion and technology logistics company that allows home rentals from over 500 designer brands of clothing, footwear and accessories. Rent The Runway caters to women and children. It has developed an unique package subscription that allows you to rent a dress, wear it for an occasion and return it! This revolutionary subscription package is loved worldwide!
10. Falguni Nayar (Nykaa)
Nykaa, an e-commerce shopping/retain website for clothing, makeup and skincare is breaking myths in India. Founded and led by Falguni Nayar, Nykaa was launched in 2012. Nykaa is known for the quality of its products, their guarantee and express shipping. Beauty bloggers and youtubers across India swear by Nykaa. Recently, Nykaa has launched its very own in-house skincare and makeup brand and has made Jahnvi Kapoor the brand ambassador. Nykaa is also an all-inclusive website and caters to every woman in India. Every day, the influential Falguni Nayar is achieving great heights.
Women are not the problem. They're the solution.Sheryl Wudunn
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