The Fall 2016 NM Faces of Beauty
September 22, 2016
Neiman Marcus celebrates bold women with bold voices who exemplify internal and external beauty. This fall, five new women were selected as the Neiman Marcus Fall 2016 Faces of Beauty. Each woman embodies what it means to have beauty, brains, and passion.
Here, we introduce the trailblazing women and what they hope their contributions will mean for the future.
Founder & Owner, Grit Fitness
Brittani “Brit” Rettig is a Texas born-and-raised entrepreneur and the founder and owner of Grit Fitness studios. The Dallas-based, female-oriented fitness boutique offers a variety of dance-based classes.
Rettig refers to herself as a “Grit enthusiast” in the sense of toughness. She believes the mental strength required to endure a workout is the same strength that can get us through any hardship in life. She says, “Fitness is just a vehicle for cultivating this valuable ability to persevere.”
The moment Rettig is most proud of is leaving her high-profile consulting career to launch Grit Fitness. She strongly believes work does not have to be drudgery—it is possible to wake up and be excited and energized about your job. “Each day I get to be a part of someone’s transformation to being stronger, happier, and more excited about life,” she says.
Founder, Girl Talk
Haley Kilpatrick is the founder of Girl Talk, a nonprofit mentoring and leadership program for middle school and high school girls. The organization’s goal is to serve girls during their most formative years, so they have the resources to grow up as confident women.
Kilpatrick is responsible for advancing the organization, working with national partners, and developing programs and new relationships that will enable the organization to serve more young women. Since 2002, Girl Talk has served more than 55,000 girls in 49 states and eight countries.
Kilpatrick believes confidence is something that you have to work on in all phases of life. “Our confidence will be rocked and challenged throughout our lives,” she says. “Loving yourself and allowing others to love you is key to picking yourself back up and shining your light again.”
San Francisco, California
Photographer, Creator of A Day In My Shoes
Amy Martin-Friedman is a freelance photographer, philanthropist, and the creator of A Day In My Shoes—a photography project to help women of domestic abuse get back on their feet. She has published 17 books and has photographed over 700 women.
In order to combat domestic abuse, Martin-Friedman says, “We have to reach out to women and children, and not be afraid to make some noise.” The photographer aims to shine a spotlight on a tragic epidemic that others have yet to talk about through the platform.
“If you believe in something so strongly, do it,” she says. “No matter how many times you hear ‘no,’ have the gumption to move forward and work harder.”
Brooklyn, New York
Until May 13, 2016 Hannah Bae was the viral news editor at CNNMoney, the business and financial branch of CNN. She has since left the position to pursue her personal passion of writing and journalism.
Bae is making noise as an outspoken advocate of diversity in the workplace, especially in media. “It’s important to me to give back to the causes that have helped me become who I am today,” says Bae. “I didn’t grow up seeing a lot of people who looked like me telling the stories in my community, and I hope that by being outspoken in my field, I can help to inspire future generations of Asian Americans to pursue careers in journalism, writing, and all other forms of media.”
“I want people to remember me as a ‘connector’,” says Bae. “I hope that the connections that I’ve made in my career and in my personal life continue to pay dividends to those around me.”
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Utilize Health
Jessica Harthcock is the CEO of Utilize Health, a complex care coordination solution sold to health plans and provider groups. At Utilize Heath, Harthcock is responsible for formulation and overseeing the vision and strategic plan for the company. Additionally, she is involved in marketing, business development, and product design and development.
Just over a decade ago Harthcock was involved in an accident that left her paraplegic. She has since had an incredible recovery, overcome paralysis, and is devoted to advocating optimism in adverse times. “The experience taught me two things,” says Harthcock. “You can’t do it alone, and don’t give up after the first failure.”
Harthcock aims to change the patient experience within the healthcare system. “When we put patients first and empower them to become active participants in their own care, their outcomes and quality of life improve,” she says. “This affects the entire healthcare system—payers and providers see a large reduction of cost when this happens. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
We asked each of the winners what goes into becoming a noisemaker:
Neiman Marcus: At Neiman Marcus we have the Make Some Noise® campaign that celebrates bold women who are leading the way in technology, fashion, film, music, food, business, and art. What does making noise mean to you?
Brittani Rettig: Making noise means going after what you want fearlessly and being unapologetic for your dreams and decisions.
Haley Kilpatrick: To me, making noise means women confidently using their voices to make a positive impact where we are, with what we have.
Amy Martin-Friedman: For me, making noise means standing up for something or someone you believe in, regardless of how much flak you may have to take for it. Take a stand for the underdog.
Hannah Bae: Now that I’m a person who’s lucky enough to have a mouthpiece, it’s important to me to make noise and spread the word on opportunities that exist so that others can take advantage of them, too.
Jessica Harthcock: In my opinion, making noise means making a difference in the lives of others.
NM: Do you have a motto?
BR: The only person who can hold me back from making my dreams come true is me.
HK: Women need other women. As women, we need to help, love, and support each other.
NM: What is the number one piece of advice that you’d like to offer to young women?
BR: Spend time early in your career understanding what energizes you. Then learn as much as you can about that topic and work your tail off to become the best.
HB: Stay curious! Our world is constantly changing, and my natural curiosity and willingness to learn have served me well in creating new professional and personal opportunities.
NM: What do you consider the most important characteristic of a successful woman?
JH: I believe a successful woman must have the drive to succeed. People are driven very differently, but the people that are the most driven will find a way to reach anything they set their mind to.
The faces of beauty winners also revealed some beauty tips, tricks, and secrets:
NM: What’s the first makeup product you ever tried, and how did it work out?
HK: Clinique’s Lip Color Black Honey. My babysitter had it, and I asked for it for Christmas in 8th grade. Every time I wore it, I thought I was so cool (and totally was).
HB: My mom’s Estée Lauder lipstick. I thought it turned out quite well—I learned how to apply it precisely by following her example—until it came time to take it off.
NM: What’s the one skincare product or routine that you are committed to in the morning? In the evening?
AMF: I know it will sound crazy, but I still wash my face with Ivory soap.
NM: Mascara—waterproof or regular, and why?
HB: Waterproof, because you can never be too prepared for what the day might bring!
NM: Lipstick—where, when, and what color? Daily or occasionally?
BR: NARS Lipstick in Red Lizard on special occasions.
HK: Daily! I have way too many lip colors. One of my favorites is Laura Mercier’s Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalm in Juicy Papaya.
NM: Describe the best pampering experience you’ve had.
HK: An uninterrupted hot bath with Epsom salt and a few drops of lavender oil.
JH: The spa. I love to get an 80-minute deep tissue massage. There’s nothing better!
NM: Fragrance—yes or no? If yes, what kind of fragrance?
AMF: I love fragrance. I wear a few—I’m an addict—but how can you have only one? I think fragrance is a moment—the smell of Europe, of a beautiful woman or man that I have met, of a club with beautiful dancing. I wish I could bottle up experiences with scents—that would constantly give me an opportunity to go back, just for a moment.
JH: Chanel Chance. I’ve worn it for as long as I can remember.
NM: What’s your number one go-to beauty product and why?
BR: Black liquid eyeliner on my top lid. I have very fine, short eyelashes, and one sweep of eyeliner makes me look and feel awake.
HK: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick. It’s super easy to travel with, apply, and can be used for touch-ups, as concealer, or as a highlighter.