Tata Harper lives on a 1200 acre farm near Middlebury, Vermont, with her husband Henry, their three kids and a menagerie of rescue dogs, cats, sheep and goats. They grow most of their own food and they also grow some of the ingredients for Tata’s eponymous, natural, Tata Harper skincare line, which is also manufactured on the farm.
Growing up, Tata was passionate about math and science. She loved experimenting and figuring out how things work. Little surprise, then, that she became an Industrial Engineer. Tata’s career path changed in 2004, when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer and advised to avoid conventional products because of the toxic chemicals they contain. Tata, whose grandmother introduced her to homemade skincare as a child, did what she does. She started experimenting. For five years, she worked with a team of chemists, biologists, agriculturalists and aromatherapists from around the worlds. The result? A line of luscious, texturally rich, wonderfully (and naturally) scented products that deliver results.
Tags: Entrepreneurs, Green Beauty, Green Living, Green Luxury, Mother, Profiles, Tata Harper, Tata Harper Skincare, The People, Wife
Last month, Ethel, the new film from Rory Kennedy, about her mother, Ethel Kennedy, premiered on HBO. It made me happy, like looking at this picture of Ethel and Bobby (looking like Brothers and Sisters from another mother and another mister) makes me happy. It makes me happy the way young love makes me happy, the way youthful optimism makes me happy, the way the sense that all things are possible always makes me so very very happy. It’s a sense that’s hard to maintain past a certain age or a certain set of life experiences.
Tags: Bobby Kennedy, Documentary, Ethel, Ethel Kennedy, Film & TV, Rory Kennedy, The Culture, Wife
Liya Kibede, the international super model — and Ethiopia’s native daughter — isn’t resting on her laurels. This girl works. She works the runway. She works a magazine layout and she can definitely work an ad campaign. She works LemLem, the fashion label she founded in 2007 with the goal of putting traditional Ethiopian weavers back to work. She works The Liya Kibede Foundation, her namesake foundation dedicated to saving the lives of birthing mothers and children by ensuring that every woman, no matter where she lives, has access to life-saving care. She even works the silver screen, having appeared in nine films, including the Matt Damon starrer The Good Shepherd and Desert Flower, based on model and anti-female genital mutilation activist Waris Dirie’s novel by the same name.
Tags: Activist, Actress, Economic Empowerment, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Entrepreneur, Ethical Fashion, Lem Lem, Liya Kibeda, Modeling, Models, Mother, Profiles, The Lika Kibede Foundation, The People, Wife