Mimi ON Nov 21, 2008 AT 5:35 pm
Whilst most little girls experiment with make-up resulting in a painted face fit for the circus, it is hard to imagine Aerin Lauder, heiress to billion dollar cosmetics giant Estee Lauder having a bad make-up moment – ever. When your Grandmother is the founder of an iconic brand renowned for its classic cosmetics, it is safe to say that looking good comes naturally.
At 38 years old, Aerin Lauder is no longer known merely for her namesake; with her contributions to the family business, fairytale marriage, impeccable sense of style, and strong social connections granting her an apt reputation as a New York socialite with much more to offer than a scandalous tabloid story. Rated at number six on the Forbes ‘Hottest Billionaire Heiresses’ list, Lauder’s cover girl looks are undeniable, whilst her role as Senior Vice President and for the Estee Lauder brand affirms this heiress’s impressive work ethic and shrewd mind for business.
Although Lauder likes to portray herself as a normal working mother, her enchanted upbringing and privileged lifestyle suggest that this lucky lady is far from average. Raised between Manhattan, Washington DC and Vienna (where her Father was the American Ambassador for Austria), Aerin spent term time at a prestigious school with the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, whilst holidays were taken at vast family piles in Palm Beach and The Hamptons. A spell at The University of Pennsylvania set the backdrop to a romance between Lauder and Eric Zinterhofer, a handsome equity broker who would become her husband and the father of her two small sons- Will and Jack. Aerin and family now reside in a stately residence on Park Avenue in Manhattan with a nanny to help home life run smooth.
With an effortless ability to juggle a family and an extremely demanding career whilst remaining the epitome of classic chic, Lauder has earned herself a lofty position on the social circuit’s pecking order. Flitting from launches to lunches, Lauder is never left off of guest lists, nor absent from the party pages of fashion glossies, whilst her creative know how and influential friendships have seen collaborations with fashion frontrunners such as Tom Ford, propelling the Estee Lauder brand into the 21st Century.
With the humble brand which started in 1942 now a megawatt conglomerate providing an umbrella over huge global brands such as Clinique, Prescriptives, MAC and Jo Malone, Aerin Lauder is at the forefront of a to-be-reckoned-with cosmetics clan with serious clout. So, with a career going from strength to strength, a picture-perfect family life and some serious social stamina, it is no exaggeration to say that this heiress has certainly got it all.