DALLAS – Sept. 13, 2018 – Mary Kay Inc., a top beauty brand and direct seller in nearly 40 countries worldwide, celebrates its 55th anniversary.  Recognized as one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs, Mary Kay Ash changed the world of business when she founded “Beauty by Mary Kay” on Sept. 13, 1963 with her life savings of $5,000 (USD), the support of her family and nine Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants.  Today, Mary Kay is a cosmetics powerhouse with more than 700 products in its global portfolio and a legacy that has helped millions achieve their entrepreneurial dreams. 

“Since our company’s inception in 1963, our mission has been and always will be to enrich women’s lives,” said David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mary Kay Inc.  “With a 55-year history and operations in nearly 40 markets around the world, Mary Kay is a proven corporate leader, a trusted beauty brand and an unrivaled entrepreneurial success story for millions of women. We are proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary alongside our independent sales force and our global Mary Kay community.” 

To support the company’s future needs in producing best-in-the-industry skin care, color cosmetics and fragrances, Mary Kay Inc. invested more than $100 million in a new, U.S.-based global manufacturing and research and development facility ready for move-in later this year.  With a global portfolio of more than 1,400 patents for products, technologies and packaging designs, Mary Kay has fostered a culture of innovation and invests millions of dollars annually in research and development to ensure the highest standards of safety, quality and performance.

This year marked another milestone for Mary Kay, May 12th would have been Mary Kay Ash’s 100th birthday.  Her century-long legacy lives on not only through the millions of independent sales force members worldwide but also through the company’s global cause-related initiatives including the Pink Changing Lives®  campaign.  Since the program started in 2008, Mary Kay has donated more than $13 million (USD) to charitable organizations worldwide benefitting women and their families.  Now in its 10th year, the campaign strives to provide Mary Kay independent sales force members around the world the power to use their businesses to give back. 

In celebration of Mary Kay's 55th anniversary and the beauty brand’s signature pink color, the company partnered with The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) in New York City to unveil its special exhibition, ‘Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color.’  The exhibition is open to the public Sept. 7, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019.  For more information, click here.

About Mary Kay

At Mary Kay, success lies in our dedication to irresistible products, a rewarding opportunity and positive community impact.  For 55 year, Mary Kay has inspired women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals in nearly 40 countries.  As a multibillion-dollar company, we offer the latest in cutting-edge skin care, bold color cosmetics and fragrances.  Discover more reasons to love Mary Kay at www.marykay.com