This past weekend played host to yet another highly anticipated Vogue Festival, which was filled to the brim with fashion and beauty opportunities, master classes and inspiring interviews with industry insiders.
We headed to the festival Sunday afternoon to watch makeup entrepreneur Bobbi Brown and the current face of her brand, supermodel Kate Upton, talk to British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman about building their dreams.
Bobbi and Kate couldn’t seem any more chalk and cheese, but what they do have in common is an inspiring approach to both life and business, and an unprecedented amount of success in their professional lives spurred on by the fact that they are both firm advocates of natural beauty. In a world that’s filled with fake beauty and societal pressure to always look good, it’s refreshing to hear Bobbi’s disdain for Kardashian-style contouring and profess that she likes “to enhance natural beauty and not change someone.”
Similarly, Kate’s naturally voluptuous figure has broken the painfully thin supermodel mould and she was quick to remind us that she hasn’t “paid for any of it” and “it’s all about dressing for your body shape and enhancing your natural beauty.”
Let’s hope that any young women who are considering the Kylie Jenner challenge will take a page out of Bobbi and Kate’s book and realise that you don’t need to be something you’re not in order to be beautiful or successful. In Bobbi Brown’s own words, “If you can’t be a supermodel, be a businesswoman.” Or in Kate Upton’s world, be both!