A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
You are what you read.
Bobbi Brown shares why she chose the following books for her Bookprint:
1. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
“A great story about love...one of my favorite books.”
2. Flights of Marceau: Race to the Rescue by Joe Brown; Michael Pukac (Artist)
“This book was written by my father who used to tell stories about a taxi cab driver named Marceau to my siblings and me. These adventures that my father would dream up were a huge part of my childhood, and I passed them on to my children, so Marceau has a special place in my heart.”
3. Amelia Bedelia Books by Peggy Parish
“Amelia is one of the most beloved children's characters of all time. The stories are hysterical and make reading fun for children.”
4. The Promise: President Obama, Year One by Jonathan Alter
“I'm a political junkie, so it was fascinating to read such an intimate portrayal of what has gone on behind the scenes in the White House during the president's first year in office.”
5. Divided Lives: The Public and Private Struggles of Three American Women by Elsa Walsh
“As a business woman and mother, I completely related to this story about three successful women who have to make tough decisions between work and family. It was insightful and compelling.”
Bobbi Brown changed the face of makeup with a handful of lipsticks and a simple philosophy: "Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident." As a freelance makeup artist in the Nineties, Bobbi couldn't find makeup shades or textures that looked natural on a wide range of complexions and in 1991, she created a collection of 10 lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. The universally flattering, brown-based lipsticks were a dramatic departure from the cosmetics available at the time, and they ushered in a new era of wearable, natural-looking makeup. Bobbi's unique approach to cosmetics was an instant hit with women who wanted a more natural look and caught the attention of cosmetics empire Estée Lauder Companies, which acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995.
Almost 20 years later, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has expanded beyond lipstick to a full range of color cosmetics, fragrance, skincare, tools and accessories. With a global presence in 56 countries, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is coveted by women around the world who appreciate Bobbi's unique approach to beauty and her ability to translate the latest trends into wearable, real-life looks.
In addition to running a company, Bobbi regularly shares her expertise online, in magazines and newspapers, and on television around the globe. She is the exclusive beauty editor of NBC's “Today Show” and Contributing Beauty & Lifestyle Editor of Health magazine. Also a New York Times bestselling author, Bobbi has written five instructional and engaging beauty and lifestyle books, and launched her sixth book, Beauty Rules, in fall of 2010. Bobbi continues to work editorially and is a permanent fixture backstage at New York Fashion Week, having worked with some of the industry’s most influential designers including J. Mendel, Rachel Roy, Tory Burch and Stella McCartney.
However, Bobbi's impact extends well beyond the beauty and fashion industries. Committed to empowering women of all ages, Bobbi supports the Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers in Bronx, NY, and Dress for Success by providing generous financial and in-kind support to both on a year-round basis. She currently sits on the boards of Dress for Success and her alma matter Emerson College, where she launched Bobbi Brown University, a series of workshops for aspiring makeup artists. Bobbi also received an honorary doctorate from Montclair State University in 2008.
Furthering her message of self-confidence, Bobbi launched the Pretty Powerful campaign in January 2010, inspired by Bobbi’s belief that all women possess natural beauty, and with the right tools and knowledge, are empowered to be their very best. Praised by women everywhere for the empowering message, the ad campaign was the first in the beauty industry to feature before photos of women without makeup alongside after photos of the women looking Pretty Powerful with makeup.