Bobbi Brown was born in Chicago in Illinois, USA. She founded Bobbi Brown Essentials in 1991; the brand was acquired by the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. in 1995. In 2013, Brown launched the Pretty Powerful Campaign for Women & Girls, supporting women's empowerment through training and education. In 2016, Brown stepped down from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics to create a new lifestyle platform that celebrated empowerment and confidence. She recently published her ninth book, Beauty from the Inside Out, and was named creative consultant of the American department store Lord & Taylor, where she created JustBOBBI, an in-store and digital lifestyle concept boutique.