For fashion and beauty, 2023 has been a wild ride. Companies in both categories are finishing the year forever changed, having spent 12 months contending with unprecedented headwinds, overhauling central strategies, rallying teams around new ideas and placing big bets. Rather than wait for the next shoe to drop, those that are emerging victorious took action that proved beneficial, either by changing customer perception, innovating a product segment, setting a new industry standard or striking a common nerve — which, for some, meant going viral. And their success can be credited to the bold leaders who stepped up.
In our seventh annual list, we celebrate those individual changemakers. They include executives who took their companies into new, competitive categories, industry newcomers who disrupted age-old processes, dealmakers who led groundbreaking partnerships and creatives whose work managed to cut through the noise. Meet the 2023 Glossy 50.
These drivers of a growth-fueling change made a big impact in-house.
These passionate advocates forwarded fashion or beauty for good.
The transactions of these business leaders transformed fashion and beauty.
These fierce competitors made moves to go up against leaders of thriving markets.
These multi-hyphenates proved their star power translates to fashion and beauty.
These thought leaders advanced their respective industries with groundbreaking products or ideas.
These founders and CEOs are taking their influential brands into the next phase of growth.
It was a breakout year for these founders, designers and TikTokers.
The work of these creators was at the center of industry buzz.
The work of these executives and creatives influenced competitors, or the masses.