President and CEO, LVMH Perfumes and Cosmetics North America
On becoming a city girl
I grew up on a ranch in South Dakota. When I was 12 years old, I ordered a pair of Italian shoes from a catalog for cash on delivery. When they arrived, my father looked at me like, “What’s this?” I said, “These are my shoes!” He signed for them and said, “You’d better go to college, because there’s not a boy in this town who can afford this.”
On taking big risks
I was working as a retail makeup artist in Los Angeles when I landed an interview in New York to be a national artist for Charles of the Ritz [then a very successful makeup line]. To pay for the plane ticket, I sold the car my mother had given me. She didn’t talk to me for a year, but I got the job.
On asking for what she wanted
Late in my career, I realized I wanted to be in fashion because that’s my true passion. So at a 2007 interview, I voiced that desire—which is how I became in charge of both fashion and beauty for Dior.
On her buzzworthy skin staple
I love honey-infused products, like Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask [$130; fresh.com] and Guerlain Abeille Royale Face Treatment Oil [$98; nordstrom.com]. My skin absorbs them so quickly in the winter.
On borrowing from the boys
One of my favorite scents is Dior Homme [$84; dior.com], which is actually for men. I like fresh, citrusy perfumes, and the top note on that one is divine.
On steering the next generation
I mentor students at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Columbia. It’s rewarding to be a sounding board for someone else.