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6 Things You Don’t Know About Mary Kay
International beauty and skincare brand Mary Kay celebrates its 50th anniversary in Dallas, Texas with a gathering of more than 50,000 independent beauty consultants.

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For international beauty brand Mary Kay, celebrating the big 5-0 means more than just a slice of birthday cake.

This month, 50,000 Mary Kay consultants are gathering at the company’s headquarters in the city of Dallas to honor the brand’s storied past – and look ahead.

“We wanted to honor the heritage and the accomplishments, but this is a future-oriented anniversary,” says Sheryl Adkins-Green, the chief marketing officer for Mary Kay, Inc. “We are keeping Mary Kay’s dream alive and relevant.”

Here are 6 facts you may not know about the now 50-year-old beauty powerhouse.

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Founder Mary Kay Ash began the company with her life savings of $5,000 in 1963, after her husband passed away. She attempted to get a bank loan and was denied, because she was a woman.

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There are 3 million Mary Kay independent beauty consultants operating in 37 countries. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, Mary Kay hosted 44,000 makeovers all over the world.

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While Mary Kay’s headquarters are in Texas, Adkins-Green says the company is growing the most quickly outside the U.S., in markets like Brazil, Russia and China. Mary Kay saw $3 billion in worldwide sales this year.

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The 50th anniversary celebrations are expected to bring an estimated $49.4 million to the city of Dallas, thanks to spending by the company and by the independent sellers visiting the city.

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Mary Kay’s motto is “One Woman Can.” With that in mind, Adkins-Green says she’s thrilled that the anniversary convention is being held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, in honor of the female U.S. Senator from Texas.

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At any one time during the two-week celebration, Adkins-Green says there will be hundreds of the brand’s iconic pink Cadillacs – the biggest reward given to high-performing sellers. She says there will also be plenty of Black Mustangs, which are also “career cars” given to outstanding consultants.

6 Things You Don’t Know About Mary Kay

International beauty and skincare brand Mary Kay celebrates its 50th anniversary in Dallas, Texas with a gathering of more than 50,000 independent beauty consultants.

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