B4E Launch – September 2012

23 Aug 2013, Posted by infoB4E-admin in Past Events


B4E was officially announced to a global audience and the international press in September 2012.
Dr. Shirley Madhere served in the past as the Vice-Chairperson at Fashion 4 Development and was instrumental in that organization’s foundation, identity, and expansion.  During her notable and prolific term at F4D, in addition to her significant contributions to that platform, she also created the mission and vision for Beauty 4 Empowerment as a separate and distinct entity.



Lily Cole

B4E Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Lily Cole

“She is variously described as an actress, model, activist and academic. For certain, Ms. Lily Cole’s career has consistently defied the norms. As a model, Ms. Cole worked with the most prestigious brands, such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Prada, De Beers and Moschino. She was booked for her first British Vogue cover at the age of 16, and continues to work the runway, most recently taking part in the London Olympic special project’s Closing Ceremony. In recent years, Ms. Cole has emerged as a talented young British actor, working with some of the most acclaimed international directors working in cinema. Her passion for the arts extends from her studies well into her life. This includes the art of giving. Ms. Cole has strongly supported charities for many years, most specifically the World Land Trust and The Ethical Justice Foundation, to whom she is now a patron. She is passionate about fair-trade and sustainability in business, having co-founded the ethical clothing line, The North Circular. As a result of her long-term commitment to ethical causes and her work as an activist and environmental campaigner, Ms. Cole was chosen to be the first-ever global brand advocate for the eco-conscious beauty brand The Body Shop. This partnership, launched in March 2012 and will continue forward into 2014, with Ms. Cole working alongside the brand to help solidify their commitment to using business as a force for good. Ms. Cole now serves as the inaugural Goodwill Ambassador for Beauty 4 Empowerment.”



Shirley Madhère, M.D.Dr. Shirley Madhère

Vice Chair of Fashion 4 Development and Chair of Beauty 4 Empowerment

Dr. Shirley Madhère is the Vice Chair of Fashion 4 Development and the Chairperson of Beauty 4 Empowerment. Dr. Madhère is a plastic surgeon who practices using a holistic approach. As with her multi-cultural background, her interests are diverse and contribute to her perspective that beauty and healing emanate from within, and that external appearance is a reflection of inner health of the mind, body, and spirit. She believes that fashion is an expression of beauty and of our overall sense of wellness. “Style, manifested by what we wear, mirrors our complexity as human beings. Thus, fashion is a visual expression of who we are and how we communicate that to others. This non-verbal method of communication not only speaks volumes about ourselves, but also bolsters our sense of self and helps us to relate to the world.” Therefore, Dr. Madhère believes that fashion represents the wellness of our inner world through the external display of color, texture, and form.

Beauty is integral to Dr. Madhère’s philosophy. It serves as the foundation upon which her work is achieved. Her professional life involves the care of those who seek to maintain form and function through cosmetic as well as reconstructive plastic surgery. In addition, she is a consultant for new beauty brands, and is currently working with a specialized team to launch several beauty product lines. Therefore, she brings a unique and diversified perspective as well as creativity and innovation to the F4D table.

A published author, Dr. Madhère is a prolific contributor to the written word. She is a public speaker, contributes to press publications and to the scientific literature, and has appeared on various media outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, NY1, and the Dr. Oz Show. She is also the founder of Jet Set Beauty Rx, Click-lift.com, and the acclaimed seminar series, “Les Salons: A Wellness Series devoted to The Beautiful Life” (LesSalons-nyc.com). Dr. Madhère studied liberal arts at Boston University then received her medical education at both Dartmouth and Brown Universities. She currently practices her profession in SoHo and the Upper East Side. She resides in New York, is a citizen of the world, and remains a student of life. Dr. Madhère is the Vice-Chair of Fashion 4 Development and also serves as the Chairperson of Beauty for Empowerment.



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