SUCCESS A LESSON IN PERSISTENCE
WENDY Norman, MD of cosmetics company J Strickland Africa, was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug while growing up among a family of entrepreneurs.
The 58-year-old Westville resident studied at Stellenbosch Academy for Beauty Therapy and was one of the first people in South Africa to be awarded the Comité International d’esthétique et de Cosmétologie qualification.
She was raised in Zimbabwe and later relocated to South Africa at the age of 16. Her beauty career began as an in-store consultant with Innoxa, a dermatological company, in Zimbabwe in 1976.
Thereafter, she opened a beauty salon in Durban and in 1982 joined Lancôme as an area manageress.
Norman lectured in Beauty Technology, Aesthetics and Art in 1985 at the then Technikon Natal, and later formed
Glamour & Glitz International in Durban, which caters for ethnic hair-care.
In 1994 she was appointed as an agent for J Strickland & Co USA – now trading as J Strickland Africa – to sell their cosmetic products. “During my career I realised the need for high-quality and professional contract manufacturers, hence I decided to venture into contract manufacturing. We are in the process of negotiating with large multinationals,” she said.
Norman believes providing a product that allows women to feel confident about themselves permeates their daily lives and empowers them for the future.
As a single mother and career woman, she faces a myriad challenges which she ultimately overcomes through persistence, endurance and a positive attitude.