Pat McGrath is often referred to as the “mother of makeup” in the industry. The British beauty entrepreneur has another great achievement to celebrate after recently receiving coveted recognition from Queen Elizabeth while making history.
Last week, Queen Elizabeth unveiled her list of New Year's awards to bestow one of the crown's highest accolades on numerous British high society figures. McGrath is the first makeup artist to receive Damehood, the female equivalent of chivalry. McGrath oversees a billion dollar makeup empire and also serves as the beauty editor for British Vogue.
"I am delighted and humble to receive this wonderful honor," McGrath told Vogue.com of the remarkable award. "My mother's obsession with beauty and fashion sparked my passion for this amazing industry, and I feel blessed to have the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people during my career."
McGrath also went to her Instagram to share the news with her legion of loyal followers. “I would like to thank all of the amazing people in my life – my mother, Jean McGrath, my family, friends, colleagues, and you, my fellow beauty enthusiasts, who contributed to this award. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would one day recognize me as one of the incredible recipients of this honor, past and present, ”she wrote in her caption.
“When I first launched my PAT McGRATH LABS brand, it was designed to encourage self-expression and individuality. I dedicate this honor to makeup artists everywhere, I adore each and every one of you. Never give up your dreams – anything is possible with hard work, creativity and perseverance. "