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Charlotte Tilbury to be honoured at The Fashion Awards

Lauretta Roberts
26 October 2023

Celebrated make-up artist and beauty entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury will receive a Special Recognition honour at The Fashion Awards, which take place at the Royal Albert Hall in December.

The Special Recognition Award honours outstanding contributions to the fashion industry and Tilbury's "immense contributions" to the beauty campaigns of fashion's key players.

Tilbury has worked on more than180 magazine covers and over 600 editorial and advertising campaigns, creating iconic runway looks for fashion shows all over the world, working with over 100 designers and up to 40 shows a season.

In 2013, Tilbury launched her eponymous beauty brand, decoding her artistry expertise into transformative, trendsetting, innovative makeup and skincare products. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty now operates in 54 markets globally and has won more than 700 awards. In 2018, Tilbury was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the beauty and cosmetics industry.

She said of the latest recognition: "It is such a huge honour to receive a Special Recognition Award for contributions to fashion, from the British Fashion Council. Britain is a trailblazer in fashion, so inspiring, innovative, and dynamic. I am so grateful to have worked with some of the greatest creative geniuses in the fashion world, from photographers to designers, editors, stylists, icons, and models to create pure beauty magic.

"From my earliest days working as a make-up artist on shows and editorial, I have seen for myself the transformative power of makeup to help everyone feel and look like their most confident selves, and it has been the honour of my life to share that mission with the world through my brand. I truly believe that when you feel your most confident you can change the world.”

The Fashion Awards, which this year are sponsored by Pandora, are the primary fundraiser for the British Fashion Council's BFC Foundation and celebrate the role of fashion at the intersection of culture and entertainment.

As well as her achievements in beauty, fashion and entrepreneurship, Tilbury is an Ambassador of Enterprise for The Prince’s Trust and has been an ambassador for Women for Women International to help support the rehabilitation of marginalized and vulnerable women in areas of conflict across the globe.

She is also a Partner of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, supporting the Albies which shines a light on defenders of justice around the world. This year, her 2023 holiday collection was launched in partnership with the Rocket Fund powered by the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Elton John // Kate Moss // Charlotte Tilbury

Elton John and Kate Moss in Charlotte Tilbury's holiday campaign

British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush said of Tilbury: “We are thrilled to honour Charlotte Tilbury MBE with a Special Recognition Award for her incredible contribution to fashion and beauty. Tilbury is a visionary female entrepreneur and one of the most highly regarded and influential makeup artists of all time.

"As an essential collaborator and trusted partner to many of fashion’s biggest names and creatives, Tilbury has revolutionised the way people perceive and experience beauty in the fashion industry. Tilbury is also a fierce campaigner for positive change, advocating for diversity and inclusion and empowering people across the globe. We look forward to celebrating with her in December!”

The Fashion Awards take place on Monday 4 December at Royal Albert Hall. AS well as a plethora of awards for established and emerging designers, the awards feature several honorary accolades and this year's Outstanding Achievement award will go to legendary designer Valentino Garavani.

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