Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick Dies at 64 - Beauty Addict

Friday, September 14, 2007

Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick Dies at 64

This is so very sad and a huge loss for the beauty community. Anita was a true leader and a role model for women in business. Break out your favorite Body Shop products today in honor of her!

The death of Anita Roddick, 64, on Monday after a brain hemorrhage signified the passing of an advocate of entrepreneurship and social responsibility. She was one of the best-known founders of THE BODY SHOP - a company that combines the goal of making a profit with giving back to society and empowering others through the Community Trade Program.

With no training in business, Roddick opened the first Body Shop store in Brighton, England in 1976, making her own products out of natural ingredients. She grew the franchise through franchising and took it public eight years after its opening.

In 2006 Roddick sold the The Body Shop to L'Oreal, so she could dedicate her time to philanthropy but remained involved on numerous levels.At a time when few to no female business owners were in power, Anita's work introduced new generations of women to the possibility that they could run their own future and thrive outside of traditional corporate America.