Made in Texas: Meet the woman whose cosmetics company helped millions of other women thrive in a male-dominated business world

Mary Kay's TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Foaming Cleanser. (Mary Kay - Facebook)

HOUSTONWelcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State.

Today, we’re featuring the cosmetics brand which has helped millions of women worldwide make a living while having a flexible schedule and becoming their own boss, Mary Kay Inc.

The brand

Mary Kay Inc. is an American company that sells skincare, makeup and fragrance products exclusively through independent beauty consultants.

The founder and the brand’s story

It was 1963 when 45-year-old entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash used her life savings of $5,000 to open up a small storefront in Dallas.

Ash had recently retired from a successful 25-year-old direct sales career and after realizing there was a lack of advancement opportunities for women in the industry, she decided to write a book to share her experiences and help women thrive in the male-dominated business world, according to the company’s website.

Ash had a dream to inspire women to transform their lives, and in doing so, help other women achieve success, according to the company’s website.


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