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Shahnaz Husain rose to fame as the iconic face of India’s herbal beauty business.
Married and a mother at 16, Shahnaz Husain started with a loan of Rs. 35,000 from her father and a verandah as her workshop. Today her herbal beauty business has progressed to 400 franchisees all over the world and her beauty products are sought after by the rich and the famous.
Shahnaz Husain had a profound interest in beauty and cosmetics apart from being a prolific writer. So, when her husband was transferred to Tehran, she started writing for a beauty magazine to provide for her higher education in cosmetics and beauty.
She soon realized that most skin disorders are due to the absorption of cheap cosmetics and hence turned towards nature and started churning out natural cures and herbal cosmetic products.
Shahnaz Husain has represented India at a number of global conventions and events. In 1980, she attended the CIDESCO World Beauty Congress and was chosen as the President and a year later, she was named Chairman of the International Beauty Congress.
Shahnaz Husain was awarded the Udgoy Rattan Award for Export Excellence. Success magazine lauded her with the World’s Greatest Entrepreneur Award and she became the first woman after a huge gap of 107 years to receive it.
Why we find her inspiring:
– Marriage did not deter her from completing her education and her dream
– She battled with adversaries and moulded herself according to the circumstances to achieve success
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