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MEET OUR FOUNDER

London-based beauty entrepreneur, Maria Hatzistefanis, founded her ground-breaking beauty group, Rodial, in 1999 by identifying a niche for treatments targeted to specific skin concerns. With a growing global beauty empire, her results-oriented products excite with evocative tongue-in-cheek names such as Dragon’s Blood and Snake. There are 3 brands – Rodial, Nip + Fab and Nip + Man – sold through 20,000 doors across 35 countries worldwide. Today, the cutting-edge products are available in the most prestigious stores around the world, while high profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner front the brands’ campaigns.

In 2014, Hatzistefanis expanded Rodial with a makeup collection and an exclusive sculpting bar and counter in London’s Harvey Nichols. She pioneered the concept of communicating with the consumer in the digital age via social media with her own social media handle @mrsrodial covering Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. She is also the executive producer and star of the docu-series “The Mrs Rodial Project”. A project she led with Central Saint Martins University where she worked alongside supermodel Erin O'Connor and fashion designer Henry Holland to brief 2nd year BA Product Design students to create an innovative makeup brush case. 

Maria started her career as a beauty writer before moving to New York where she received an MBA from Columbia Business School. After a stint in corporate finance at Salomon Brothers, first in New York and then London, she followed her passion and instinct for beauty by founding Rodial. Maria has become a respected and sought-after opinion-leader. Her point-of-view attracts followers both online and off, and she is increasingly in demand to speak at fashion, business and digital conferences such as London’s Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, Web Summit, Fashion Tech Forum and WWD Digital. Maria is a patron of the British Fashion Council and recently partnered with Central Saint Martins on a new product design.

Maria has also made guest appearances as a mentor in US fashion series on Lifetime TV, Project Runway: Fashion Startup that aired in the Fall 2016.

Maria's latest venture is the launch of her first book - How To Be An Overnight Success. Exploring Maria's journey so far, the book provides insights into how she built and began her brands and the challenges and fun that she encountered along the way. Released on 6th July 2017, pre-orders can be made here.

Maria loves to travel, practices Jivamukti yoga, meditates and is interested in nutrition. She lives between her homes in London and Oxfordshire with her husband and two sons.

Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box
- Maria Hatzistefanis

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