The Loss Of A Beauty Business Icon

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Last week, the beauty community lost a groundbreaking leader. Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, died unexpectedly from a brain hemorrhage at age 64.

Roddick’s conscious approach to beauty was ahead of its time. She integrated her human rights, animal rights and environmental activism into her hugely popular business, and today’s growing green movement can be easily traced back to a trend she helped start.

“She was so ahead of her time when it came to issues of how business could be done in different ways, not just profit-motivated but taking into account environmental issues,” Greenpeace executive John Sauven told the UK’s Telegraph.

Roddick’s approach to life was one of determination and realism, especially since her hepatitis C diagnosis in 2004. Only last year, she had sold The Body Shop, founded in 1976, to L’Oreal.

To make a donation to one of the charitable causes Roddick supported, click here.

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