This major beauty company has just named its first ever female CEO

She's the first female chief in the brand's 86-year history...

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She's the first female chief in the brand's 86-year history...

Today is a great day for women at work, as one of the biggest beauty companies in the world announced yesterday that they've appointed a woman as their CEO.

Debra Perelman, who was named COO just four months ago, has just been promoted to CEO of Revlon. The brand hasn't had a female chief in its entire 86 year history, so this is huge news.

It's even more important when you note that many of the brand's biggest competitors – Estée Lauder, L'Oréal, LVMH, Shiseido and Coty, for example – are all headed up by men.

'We're in a position where we have a beauty company that really thinks about women and puts women at the forefront of what we do in the market, in terms of our messaging, and I believe that having it be run by a woman is incredibly exciting,' Perelman said of the appointment, according to Fast Company.

'I think this is another first for the company that I'm really honoured to be a part of.'

Earlier this year, Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot was announced as the new face of the brand, and they can also count Ashley Graham and Adwoa Aboah as ambassadors for their live boldly campaign – so they're no strangers to having strong, powerful women representing them.

We're really excited to see where Perelman takes the brand in her new role.

Here's to seeing more women at the top in beauty from now on!

Lucy Abbersteen
Beauty Contributor

Lucy is a freelance beauty editor and contributor at Marie Claire, and has written for titles including Glamour, Refinery29, Popsugar, woman&home and more. She was previously Marie Claire’s junior beauty editor. During her career, she’s covered everything from backstage beauty at fashion week to interviews with famous faces like Drag Race royalty and Little Mix. As for her beauty ethos, she’s a big advocate for not having to spend a fortune on beauty products to get good results, and when she’s not got beauty on the brain you’ll find her reading or hanging out with dogs.