You may not realize it but as women, we’re fortunate to be alive in this professional era. More and more females are breaking through the glass ceiling and pursuing careers once thought impossible just a generation ago. From Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of the U.S. presidency to Shonda Rhimes’ claim over Thursday night television, women are stepping in front of their male counterparts and this month’s cover story is no exception.
Renata Helfman, Hollywood makeup artist and founder of the nonprofit Lipstick Angels, is changing the landscape of her respective industry through what she describes as perseverance and fearlessness. “Even when you’re fearful, if you’re fearless your dreams will come true,” she told Lioness Magazine.
Helfman has spent more than 15 years as a makeup artist and has dedicated much of that time to educating the public about natural products. In her 30s she went chemical-free and has since used such products to help Lipstick Angels maintain serious and terminal patients’ “dignity and identity throughout their hospital stay.” Helfman and her Angels prove that beauty isn’t only skin-deep.
Three more trailblazers are featured in this month’s issue: Russian superstar songstress Valeriya, footwear designer Konstantina Tzovolou, and Tiffany Zakka, founder of Kidnetics.
Valeriya has been a chart-topper for more than two decades with 15 albums and approximately 20 #1 hits under her belt. She has built her brand on the back of her vocal prowess and dedication to artistry. She can currently be seen on the Ukrainian version of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Tzovolou has become an innovator in her own right, creating Italian handcrafted footwear using such unique materials as PVC and mesh. Born into a family of immigrants, she said she finds inspiration and perseverance within her Greek-U.S. heritage.
Zakka has dedicated her life’s work to human services and occupational therapy, founding the Miami-based Kidnetics. She uniquely incorporates kinesiology – the study of human movement – into her programs for children struggling with fine motor skills due to diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.
With so many remarkable female entrepreneurs out there, not just the aforementioned of course, I can’t wait to see what the next generation of women professionals will bring to our world. If you’re a Lioness, let me hear you roar!