When Evelyn Lauder died in November 2011, Glamour lost a partner, a friend, and all women lost a hero. But what an amazing legacy!
1) Busy people can still have a life
"When I visited Evelyn at her home in Florida, I saw how much love she and her husband, Leonard [chairman emeritus of Estee Lauder companies] had for each other," says Felicia Milewicz. "She was like that with everyone - she cared about people completely. When you were with her, you genuinely felt like you were her best friend."
2) One woman can change the world
These days, even football players wear pink for breast cancer, but back in 1993, when cosmetics executive Lauder founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the topic was still taboo in many circles. "Every one of us is healthier today because Evelyn stuck her neck out," says Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief. "BCRF supported cutting-edge research that often couldn't get funding elsewhere, so we now have life-saving drugs like Herceptin. And BCRF was one of the first to identify how genes and diet affect our risk. She was a true trailblazer, and
and yet I always knew that if I had to pick up the phone to ask her advice on behalf of a friend or a colleague with a cancer diagnosis, she would focus on it as if it were the only thing in her day, which it surely never was."
3) You can be a power woman and a girl's girl
"The first time I met Evelyn was over lunch after she read my Cancer Vixen cartoon in Glamour," says author and illustrator Marisa Acocella Marchetto. "She ordered some broccoli, then leaned over and whispered, 'Cruciferous vegetables fight cancer.' Here was this amazing woman trading cancer tips like makeup tips! When she e-mailed me weeks before her death, thanking me for art I created for BCRF, I was reminded what a crusader she was."
4) Pursuing work you love matters
"Evelyn spoke about fragrance with such passion," says Milewicz. "I learned to love fragrance because of her. And she was what we call a nose; she could instantly identify a best-seller." Lauder was behind Pleasures and Beautiful - two of the most popular scents of all time.
5) A good mentor empowers others
"Evelyn asked me to attend a big-deal conference with her in Vienna and to speak at it, but I was a nervous wreck," says Milewiz. "She said, 'Felicia I believe in you - you're doing this.' It was a big success. Thank you, Evelyn, for your wisdom, your love, and for showing me what I was capable of."