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Lancôme Initially Passed Over Michelle Phan

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Michelle Phan, the beauty vlogger OG who's now a multi-millionaire, didn't always have beauty brands fighting to hire her. In a recent Into The Gloss profile, Phan admitted that Lancôme refused to hire her as a sales associate when she was just getting into the beauty business. "I didn't have the sales experience they were looking for," Phan explained. "But I told the lady, ‘Look, I can sell makeup. I want to empower women and do makeup demos on people.'

While that line may not have panned out initially, things worked out pretty well for Phan. A few years down the road, Lancôme's head of PR came to her with a deal to make her the brand's first official video makeup ambassador, and now Phan's business is reportedly worth $84 million.