Suzan Antonowicz, Head of Beauty & Lifestyle, Evening Standard and self-confessed beauty maven, make up aficionado and skincare addict!
What’s your key Beauty tip or quote? –
“Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world.” I love that my red lippie can be a personal confidence booster and that it is actually rooted in history, specifically during the Suffragette movement. As these SHEros fought for their rights, their red lipstick became part of their armoury. A mark of an independent, emancipated woman, synonymous with power and strength! Hmmm now who does that remind you of???!!!
What advice would you give to someone starting in the beauty industry today?
Be curious. When you are curious you push boundaries and redefine yourself. An enquiring mind will catalyst change and have uplifting and motivational benefits on those around you. You will be able to look beyond the present and imagine new possibilities - essential in these current volatile times.
What’s your number 1 most important part you will take from last year and what’s your new focus for 2021?
I will never fail to be amazed by the indomitable spirit of others. Captain Tom, NHS frontline workers, 5-year-old Tony Hudgell, Marcus Rashford and parents juggling home schooling are only a fraction of this mammoth roll call. With the rising crisis in mental health among young Londoners in the wake of the pandemic, The Evening Standard has recently launched Young London SOS to address the extra 500000 children who now need mental health support. These figures come on top of the one in six already identified by the NHS. Never underestimate the difference you can make. The time to act is now.
We are looking to share all things positive. Do you have a positive memory, phrase, or an event you can share with us?
“Nothing beats kindness” said the horse “its quietly beyond all things.” * Having been floored by COVID, break of this year, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of help and love that I received, when I was at my lowest ebb. It was the elixir that propelled my recovery and reminded me that however dark life gets, people are the tonic that pull you through.
*The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse
How Important is COPRA to you?
The Evening Standard is proud to be a long standing, close working partner of COPRA, working together to ignite the London economy and support retailers as they adjust their sails to new shopper safety regulations. With 80% of prestige beauty sales happening at counter and London being so key to keeping those tills ringing, the challenges are rife. That said, to date the Evening Standard and COPRA has shown a defiant demonstration to stand by Londoners and I am excited to see how this same buoyant conviction can reboot our high streets and drive our readers and members back responsibly.