When the road to success is long and challenging, many plant their flag in the ground of the “promised land,” build a retirement home and recline into a comfortable life, satisfied at all that they’ve overcome. With a new line of skin care items recently launched, alongside a decade that has seen nothing but success and growth for her Skin Care Institute, Ann Webb has certainly earned the right to put her feet up and let her burgeoning skin care empire continue to sustain the Life of Riley.
But it is precisely that rough road she took to find success that still informs her decisions. Rather that rest on laurels, Ann Webb has continued to innovate, to pour back into those who partner with her and to help others find the same road to success that she paved. Despite her radiant success and inarguable beauty, Webb was not always the picture of success she is today.
With a history of impoverished childhood and constant apathy, if not open ridicule of her looks, heritage and intellect, Webb’s development was marred by struggle. The low-income, highly critical environment of the Louisiana wetlands served to tragically underestimate Webb, who suffered from skin blemishes and acne that would have been crippling to almost any children. Instead, they moved her to act and her motivation took the form of constant improvement. She concentrated on educating herself as much as she could, whether formally or informally, excelling at everything from public speaking to business management – she owned her own DJ company at age 17. And, through it all, she worked tirelessly to learn what would change the way the world saw her. She studied cosmetics and the treatment of a host of skin conditions, as well as what good skin care was.
Over time, her studies turned into a career, transforming not only her visage, but her reputation, into one that is much admired and rarely ignored. And it is here that we find Webb, speaking against the practice of bullying, recounting her challenging path to an audience of those who seek to abolish the practice of bullying at the “Be The Change” Anti-Domestic Violence rally not he capital grounds in November.
And one might have thought that this was the mountaintop for Webb, to stand before an audience, in total command of a business empire, both stunning and elegant in her presentation. But, a mere few weeks later, as she was readying her second line of skin care for release, Webb was hosting a Holiday Showcase for designers in Austin. Rather than throw a party for herself and her team, her clinic was a showroom for fellow creatives trying to launch their business into prominence. Featuring jewelry (Callie Seymour Designs), artisan home goods (H20 Beauty), photographers (Jenna Pool) and unique clothing (Rare Trends), as well as more than a few others craftsmen and women, Webb used her success to promote others who wanted to organically and creatively make a name for themselves. Rather than rest on her own victories, Webb is doing the best to create victories for others.
Call it the ultimate “anti-bullying” campaign, if you will. Ann Webb has been changing the way the world sees her for decades, and is now changing the way the world sees.