Who is Your Beauty Role Model? For Renée Rouleau, it Was Her Grandmother

My beauty role model was my grandmother. I was introduced to the beauty business by my grandmother who owned her own beauty salon in the Midwest where I was raised. She was an entrepreneur back in a day when most woman stayed at home and raised their children while the men went off to work.

Growing up in her beauty salon, I observed how a woman would come in to her salon feeling down, and would leave glowing— both inside and out. I never underestimate how powerful looking good can positively affect a women’s self-esteem. (This resulted in my life-long volunteer work with women who have been affected by domestic violence.)

My grandmother was a very hard worker, a great people-person with a fun personality and I really admired that. She was my #1 fan and gave me my first dollar when I started my company in 1991. I have a guardian angel pin of hers that I keep so I know she is always looking down on me.

I also need to give some credit to my Mom as well. She got regular monthly facials and took great care of her skin, so this instilled in me from early on.

Who is your beauty role model and why?

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