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Pat McGrath has just become the first Dame for make-up artistry


TextDominic Cadogan

Congratulations Mother!

It’s without a doubt that Pat McGrath is one of the most influential and legendary make-up artists in the world. Over her years working in fashion, she has transformed faces at the likes of Prada, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Tom Ford, Versace, the list goes on. That’s without even mentioning her own make-up line Pat McGrath Labs, that launched back in 2015. 

After being awards an MBE for her work in fashion and beauty in 2014, the MUA has now been spotlighted in this year’s New Year Honours list, becoming a Dame for her services to fashion, beauty, and diversity – she is the very first make-up artist to achieve the title. 

“I am truly delighted and humbled to be given this wonderful honour. My mother’s obsession with beauty and fashion ignited my passion for this amazing industry and I feel blessed to have the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people throughout my career,” McGrath says on receiving the honour. 

“Colour across the spectrum is my life’s work and inspiration and I celebrate individuality particularly with my brand Pat McGrath Labs, so I am especially honoured that this award is also for diversity. I believe that with creativity and resilience there can be abundant possibilities and that is certainly true today with this award,” she continues. 

Congratulations to Pat for receiving the honour and being an inspiration to make-up artists and women of colour all over the world. No doubt she will continue being iconic in 2021. 

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