After beloved cosmetics queen Evelyn Lauder, 75, passed away Saturday from complications with nongenetic ovarian cancer, the beauty community and her partners in breast cancer awareness publicly mourned the loss.
Elizabeth Hurley, a longtime face of Estee Lauder cosmetics, tweeted after the news broke, “RIP my dear friend and mentor, Evelyn Lauder. I will miss you so much. The world will never forget your work for breast cancer.”
Estee Lauder put a memorial on its website home page, as well as tweeting the message, “In Memoriam: Evelyn H. Lauder 1936-2011. We celebrate her beautiful life.” Bobbi Brown and Clinique, makeup companies owned by Estee Lauder Companies, also tweeted the message.
Estee Lauder Companies added to its home page, “A visionary, true leader, and dear friend, Mrs. Lauder will be forever missed by everyone at the Estée Lauder Companies.”
Smashbox Cosmetics, another subsidiary of the company, added on its twitter account, “Very saddened by the loss of Evelyn Lauder. Her philanthropic work was just as, if not more, beautiful than her contributions to beauty.”
Being a beauty competitor didn’t stop Sonia Kashuk from mourning the makeup maven on her twitter account: “I am with great sorrow to hear of the passing of Evelyn Lauder, the founder of @BCRFWorldPink. A monumental loss of one exceptional lady.”
Dennis Basso, a fashion designer and supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which Lauder opened the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at in 2009, tweeted, “RIP Evelyn Lauder a fine caring beautiful lady. It was an honor to know her.”
Famed fashion designer Zac Posen tweeted, “An incredible woman, RIP Evelyn Lauder. xoxo Zp.”
Companies that have worked with Lauder, either through her family’s makeup company or through her work supporting cancer awareness, sent out messages on twitter.
Breast Cancer Awareness campaign:
Today we are deeply mourning the death of our beloved founder of The Estée Lauder Companies' BCA Campaign, Evelyn H. Lauder 1936-2011.
May you rest in peace Evelyn Lauder! You were truly an inspiration to all women around the world.
Top fashion and beauty magazine editors also mourned the loss.
Harpers Bazaar US:
We are deeply saddened about the passing of the legendary EvelynLauder, our thoughts are with her family, especially her beloved Leonard.
Into The Gloss, a beauty blog founded by Emily Weiss:
Very sad news that Evelyn Lauder has passed away. Amazing woman in beauty and beyond.
Laurie Brookins, fashion director for Niche Media:
RIP Evelyn Lauder: a lovely, passionate, galvanizing woman, who by creating the pink-ribbon campaign changed and inspired so many lives ...
Sarah Brown, beauty director at Vogue:
With great sadness, RIP Evelyn Lauder, one of the most lovely, elegant & inspirational women I've had the pleasure to know during my career.
Sally Koslow, former editor-in-chief of McCall's magazine and author of Little Pink Slips:
Evelyn Lauder, RIP, a beauty inside & out. Truly gracious
Kim France, founding editor of Lucky magazine:
Pouring out a little pink lemonade today for Evelyn Lauder. RIP to one classy broad & fighter of the good fight.