London-based beauty entrepreneur, Maria Hatzistefanis, founded her ground-breaking skincare 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 or Snake Serum. There are 3 brands – Rodial, Nip + Fab and Nip + Man – sold through 20,000 doors across 35 countries worldwide including Saks Fifth Avenue, Space NK and Harrods. 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, with over 1 million followers across Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. She is also the executive producer and star of the docu-series “The Mrs Rodial project”, about the drama and glamour of the world of beauty, fashion and celebrities.
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 her latest appearance at 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 made guest appearances as a mentor on US fashion series, aired on Lifetime TV, Project Runway: Fashion Startup. Maria will also be appearing as a guest mentor at the next season of Project Runway All Stars in Fall 2017.
Maria launched her first book – How To Be An Overnight Success, in summer 2017, which became a number one bestseller on Amazon. 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.
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