Pat McGrath is often referred to as the “Mother of Makeup” within the industry. The British beauty entrepreneur has another high achievement to celebrate after recently receiving a coveted recognition from Queen Elizabeth while making history in the progress.
Last week, Queen Elizabeth unveiled her list of New Years Honors to bestow numerous figures within British high society with one of the highest accolades given by the crown. McGrath is the first makeup artist to receive damehood, the female equivalent of knighthood. McGrath oversees a billion-dollar makeup empire in addition to serving as beauty editor-at-large for British Vogue.
“I am truly delighted and humbled to be given this wonderful honor,” McGrath said to Vogue.com about the notable distinction. “My mother’s obsession with beauty and fashion ignited my passion for this amazing industry, and I feel blessed to have the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people throughout my career.”
McGrath also went on her Instagram to share the news with her legion of loyal followers. “I want to thank all of the amazing people in my life—my mother Jean McGrath, my family, friends, colleagues, and you, my fellow Beauty Lovers, who contributed to this award. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that one day Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would recognize me to be amongst the incredible recipients of this honor both past and present,” she wrote in her caption.
“When I first launched my brand, PAT McGRATH LABS, it was designed to inspire self-expression and individuality. I dedicate this honour in tribute to Makeup Artists everywhere, I adore each and every one of you. Never give up on your dreams—with hard work, creativity, and perseverance anything is possible.”
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