The 2022 Beauty Inc Awards took place on Wednesday, celebrating the year’s most outstanding innovations, launches and industry leaders.
In a ceremony hosted at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center in New York City, honorees including Hailey Bieber, Pat McGrath, Jo Horgan, Trinny London and Drew Elliott were presented with awards celebrating their respective accomplishments.
Hailey Bieber was honored with Newcomer of the Year for her minimalist beauty brand Rhode, which debuted in June; Coty Inc. took home the Sustainability in Beauty Award; Walmart accepted the Mass Retailer of the Year award and Nars and Trinny London Skin Care took home Product of the Year awards in the skincare and makeup categories respectively.
Amanda Gorman, who is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and The Estée Lauder Cos.’ first named global changemaker, was awarded the Changemaker of the Year award.
In a pre-recorded video, Gorman said, “I hope if you get anything out of this honor I’ve received in this award, it’s to recognize that you are as much a changemaker as I am. I’m excited to see what everyone in this room is doing to redefine beauty, empower people around the world, and change tomorrow for the better.”
Following the awards ceremony, Jenny B. Fine, executive director of WWD and Beauty Inc, beauty, had a fireside chat with Jo Horgan, Pete Born Impact Award winner, founder and co-CEO of Mecca.
In the 25 years since its founding, Mecca has become Australasia’s largest prestige beauty retailer, managing to double its business in the few years since the pandemic broke out on its own.
“We started with a small shop, so I had a more ‘It’s a wonderful life’ approach in the early days: If you can touch a few people and fill their cup, and keep doing it, that [impact] it just zooms in and zooms in,” Horgan said.
Mecca operates 109 stores in Australia and New Zealand and is on the verge of opening its largest to date: a 40,000 square foot hub in Melbourne in early 2023.
“I’m a big believer in the future of retail. We have a bit of a rule where we like to think of ourselves as logical incrementalists, which means we like to move one foot in front of the other – this [upcoming store] it feels more like a jump,” Horgan said. “We have a flagship that we opened during the pandemic in Sydney, Australia, and it has done incredibly well, so we decided to double it down.”
Next: Mecca is gearing up for global takeover, setting a goal of establishing itself as the world’s most beloved beauty destination over the next 25 years.
Here’s the full list of winners from the 2022 Beauty Inc Awards.
The Pete Born Impact Award: Jo Horgan
Wellness Brand of the Year: goop
Mass brand of the year: Elf cosmetics
Prestige Brand of the Year: MAC Cosmetics
Breakthrough Brand of the Year: Elta MD
Prestige Launch of the Year: Chanel No.1
Mass Launch of the Year: Mrs CJ Walker lady
Product of the year, hair: K18 Biomimetic Hairscience
Product of the year, makeup: Nars Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation
Product of the Year, Skincare: Trinny London Skincare
Product of the year, Fragrance: Dries Van Noten Eau de Parfum
Market Maker of the Year: Laura Slatkin
Newcomer of the Year: Hailey Bieber, founder, Rhode
Large distribution of the year: Walmart
Specialist dealer of the year: Ulta Beauty
Brand Builder of the Year: Charlotte Ros, president, North America, Parfums Christian Dior
Transformative Deal of the Year: P&G Beauty Specialties
Journalist of the Year: Carol Hamilton, Group President, Acquisitions & West Coast Headquarters, L’Oréal.
The Wellness Award: Nutrafol
Corporate Social Responsibility: Guerlain
Changemaker of the Year: Amanda Gormann
Sustainability in Beauty Award: Coty Inc.
Brilliant Collaboration of the Year: Pat McGrath x Bridgerton
Targeted initiative of the year: The campaign for every body