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Lauren Ezersky photographed for 1010ParkPlace by Noel Sutherland, styled by Mark Grischke
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This week I caught up with glamorous gal about NYC, Lauren Ezersky. Lauren’s in L’Oréal’s new classic Voluminous Mascara campaign on television, print and online. She appears with Diane Keaton, Deborah Harry, Julianne Moore, models Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, transgender model, Hari Nef and a host of other cool ladies. Once again, L’Oréal hit a home run by featuring “fresh, creative, confident women who are iconic in their own right.”

In a press release L’Oréal said, “We are excited to bring together trailblazing individuals in celebration of the mascara women have loved for over 25 years… we want to encourage everyone to embrace their originality, take chances and make a statement.”

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I come from incredibly strong, resilient people... so I’m empowered by their strength and by the notion I better do something with this life because they worked very hard for me to get where I am.
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FROM ATTORNEY TO AUTHOR, FILM PRODUCER, ENTREPRENEUR & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, HEALTHY YOU NOW

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

Tonya Lewis Lee is an accomplished woman on many fronts. She’s an attorney; an advocate for gender and race equality; a film producer; author of three children’s books; an entrepreneur and founder of HealthyYouNow, a site designed to help women make good healthy choices. She’s also a mother and the wife of Spike Lee.

Women need to be talking and sharing what we learn along the way with one another.

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Dayle Haddon is the only model to have had four major contracts as the face and international spokesperson for L’Oréal, Revlon, Estée Lauder and Max Factor.
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From Covergirl and Supermodel to Championing Education for Girls

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

“The times when you have the most growth and make the most progress are when you’re challenged and have obstacles,” said Dayle Haddon. “That happened to me when I lost my husband and most all my finances. At nearly 40, I went back to zero with a teenage girl to support and an industry that didn’t want me.”

“Educate a girl, and you change the world.”

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“Every time you remember the icky bits, you start to realize it can happen again.”
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Marla Ginsburg, Founder & CEO of Marla Wynne

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

“It was hard in the beginning to talk about my story, because every time you remember the icky bits, you start to realize it can happen again,” said Marla Ginsburg. Marla, a former television producer of successful shows like “Highlander” and “La Femme Nikita,” was riding high in Hollywood until a few failed TV pilots and the 2007 Hollywood writer’s strike cratered her career. When her lifestyle and her life savings disappeared, Marla feared she and her kids would wind up living out of their car. With nothing to fall back on, Marla dug deep and got creative.

“When I realized how many people go through what I went through, I hope they can apply my story to their own journey,” said Marla.

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 “If you’ve got a basic black dress and good jewelry, you can go anywhere.”
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New Business Manager of Monteris Medical’s Central Region; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board for Texas Christian University; Member of the Governor’s Commission for Women; Former President, Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of the Charity Ball Association; Former Board Member of the San Antonio Museum of Art for 10 years and Trustee Management.

By Brenda Coffee photographer Jennifer Denton

With a background in selling heart monitors; orthopedic hips and knees; a laser probe for end-stage angina and a radio frequency ablation tool for people with unresectable liver cancer, Stephanie Cavender now teaches brain surgery to brain surgeons. As the New Business Manager of Monteris Medical’s Central Region, Stephanie travels the country, selling an FDA approved laser probe to hospitals for use on patients with inoperable tumors or lesions in their brain. But her job doesn’t stop there. She helps surgeons understand how to use this cutting edge tool.

“TIME IS NOT INFINITE ANYMORE, AND SO YOU REALIZE YOU JUST DO THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.”

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Lauren was host of “Behind The Velvet Ropes,” the Style Network’s successful, long-running television show.
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Former Host of “Behind The Velvet Ropes,” The Style Network; Columnist for “Lunch With Lauren,” Paper Magazine; “Girl Reporter,” Better TV.

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

Lauren Ezersky is a study in contrast and style. With her trademark, dark smoky eyes and layered approach to jewelry, Lauren subscribes to the “more is more” philosophy. A familiar face on the fashion scene, Lauren Ezersky is strikingly beautiful. “Because I wear a lot of black, people come into my apartment and are surprised it’s not black and all goth,” said Lauren.

In fact, it’s just the opposite: an elegant, feminine pied-à-terre, fit for Marie Antoinette.

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VETERAN FASHION INDUSTRY WRITER, “ASK TERI,” COLUMNIST, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL; AUTHOR OF HIJACKING THE RUNWAY, HOW CELEBRITIES STOLE THE SPOTLIGHT FROM FASHION DESIGNERS ANDTHE END OF FASHION, HOW MARKETING CHANGED THE CLOTHING BUSINESS FOREVER

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

It should come as no surprise that Teri Agins is one of the most well-respected and influential reporters in the fashion industry. She was the first reporter to develop the fashion beat at The Wall Street Journal, starting in 1989, which she covered until 2009. She continues to write the Journal’s popular “Ask Teri”column, answering readers’ questions about all things fashion.

“IT WAS VERY CLEAR TO ME THE KARDASHIANS WERE A SOUFFLÉ THAT WAS NOT GOING TO RISE, SO SEARS FINALLY PULLED THE PLUG.”

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“Sara Blakely built a big, beautiful business, but I’m the creator of the shapewear category.”
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CEO & FOUNDER, FASHIONFANTASYGAME.COM; FOUNDER OF THE SHAPEWEAR CATEGORY: NANCY GANZ BODYSLIMMERS-HIPSLIP

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

Nancy Ganz swore she would never work on 7th Avenue in the clothing business, but designing and manufacturing clothes is in her DNA. Both of her parents were clothing entrepreneurs, each with a great sense of style. Nancy’s mother, Norma, started working with her father, Harry, when Diane von Furstenberg chose Harry as the first person in the U.S. to manufacture her blouses.

“I WOULD GO ON THE SHOW AND SAY, ‘I EVEN COOK DINNER IN MY HIPSLIP,’ AND MY HUSBAND WAS LIKE, ‘REALLY? YOU DON’T EVEN COOK DINNER.’”

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VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL SCIENCE & INNOVATION, ACTAVIS; FORMER SR VP, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, KADMON PHARMACEUTICALS; FORMER GROUP DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC TRANSACTIONS GROUP, GLOBAL MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS LEAD, BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB; ROBERTSON STEPHENS, BIOTECHNOLOGY EQUITY RESEARCH ANALYST; BOARD MEMBER, GILDA’S CLUB; BOARD MEMBER, SPRINGBOARD ENTERPRISES

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

Ellen Lubman is an amazing, self-made woman. In some ways, Ellen’s story is reminiscent of many of the Jewish Holocaust survivors during World War II. When Ellen was three-years-old, she and her family were “refusenik’s,” part of the Jewish immigration in the 70s and 80s that fled Kiev—now the capital of Ukraine—in the former Soviet Union. Because they’d been denied employment, imprisoned, and worse, by 1992, one-and-a-half million Russian Jews left their belongings and their country behind them. What started as a small grassroots effort became one of the most successful human rights campaigns of all time.

“WE WERE ALLOWED TO LEAVE WITH ONE SUITCASE AND WERE PUT ON TRAINS BOUND FOR VIENNA, THEN ROME, UNTIL OUR PAPERWORK WAS COMPILED,” SAID ELLEN. “EVENTUALLY WE CAME TO THE US.”

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OWNER, THE SECRET GARDEN, FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS; FORMER ONCOLOGY SALES REPRESENTATIVE, ASTRAZENECA PHARMACEUTICAL; BUYER, JOSKE’S DEPARTMENT STORE

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“Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was own my own clothing store,” said Kathy Gutierrez. “Of course I was five when I decided that and 49 when I got it. I majored in clothing, textiles, merchandising and design, with a minor in laboratory science. My counselor said you had to have something to fall back on which, for me, is exactly what happened.”

“IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO REALIZE THE ONLY ONE COMING FOR DINNER ARE THE HORSES IN THE BARN, AND I’M OKAY WITH IT.”

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