The title “beauty mogul” is bestowed on almost everyone these days with a viral cosmetic brand and a TikTok following. But they all just follow a blueprint – consciously or unconsciously – elegantly designed for them by original beauty magnate, entrepreneur and icon Estée Lauder. In a new book, Estée Lauder: A Beautiful Life, out today, Jane and Aerin Lauder look back on their grandmother’s legacy and reveals never-before-seen images, letters and advertisements from the company’s archives.
“My grandmother, Estée, was an incredible role model. When she started her business in the 1940s, she was ahead of her time and taught me so much of the important lessons I know now,” says Aerin Lauder. “She passed on the importance and value of family, passion, dedication and beauty in everything you do. This book is a personal expression of her beautiful life. I hope her story inspires you as much as it inspired me.”
The hardcover coffee table book contains over 200 pages of behind-the-scenes photos and personal letters that illustrate Lauder’s rise as she built one of the world’s most successful beauty companies from the ground up. But it also reveals Lauder’s passion for family, friends and entertainment, with appearances by Princess Grace of Monaco, Hubert de Givenchy, Diana, Princess of Wales, Nancy Reagan and Frank Sinatra.
This is, of course, an Assouline coffee table book – and one of the most beautiful. It comes in a floral pattern slipcase decorated with a glamorous portrait of Lauder. When the cassette is off, the book cover turns out to be a light blue, reminiscent of the shade Lauder had so famously chosen for her jars and bottles. She noted at the time that the shade conveyed a sense of luxury and that it matched all bathroom furnishings. This book achieves the same and would be the perfect holiday refresher for any room in your home. Buy it for yourself and leave it on top of the stack of books for guests to flip through at their leisure. Or buy it as a Christmas gift for your mother, grandmother, sister or beauty-obsessed girlfriend. After all, as Lauder herself said, “Never underestimate a woman’s desire for beauty.” This also applies to coffee table books.
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