Beauty News. Beauty Can Sometimes be an Ugly Business

October 21, 2010 • Beauty

It may be time to retire!

The beauty world has been rocked lately with stories of scandal, suing and now—slurs. Of the racial sort, to be exact. Taking some of the thunder away from the ugly lawsuit between L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain created his own headline by using a racial slur during an interview on French television last Friday.

His age-old company, Guerlain, scrambled to alleviate some of the damage, stating right afterward that Guerlain’s comments were “intolerable” and went against the “culture, values, and ethics practiced by the enterprise, which promotes the diversity of talents of all origins.” In their official statement, the company stressed that Jean-Paul Guerlain, the fourth and last generation in the legendary beauty clan has not been a shareholder since 1996 and officially retired in 2002.

Yet the 73-year old still holds some clout, as a consultant for the company’s perfumer. Guerlain appeared on France 2’s lunchtime news show to promote the brand's iconic fragrance Samsara and, in talking of how hard he worked to create the fragrance, Guerlain used a racial slur. Eek. It seems sometimes the business of beauty can be less than beautiful. Let's just hope the Bettencourt case settles soon.


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