Pat McGrath Just Became The First Ever Makeup Artist Awarded This Honor By The Queen of England

by Sara Spruch-Feiner
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The iconic (not using that word lightly) makeup artist sometimes known as 'Mother' has a brand new title: DAME. The new honor was announced in a press release: "In the Queen's New Year 2021 Honours List, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Pat McGrath, D.B.E. Dame of the British Empire for services to the Fashion and Beauty industry and Diversity — the first Makeup Artist to achieve such recognition." So, at least somebody is ending 2020 on a very high note.

McGrath acknowledged the honor saying, in the same press release, "I am beyond humbled that I have been awarded a Damehood in the Queen’s New Year 2021 Honours List as a D.B.E — Dame of the British Empire for Services to the Fashion and Beauty Industry and Diversity. I am truly delighted and humbled to be given this wonderful honour. My mother’s obsession with beauty and fashion ignited my passion for this amazing industry and I feel blessed to have the privilege of working with some of the most extraordinary people throughout my career."

The Northhampton, U.K. native has become the industry's most influential and in-demand artist over the course of her 25-year career. She is known for conceptualizing and creating countless runway looks for some of fashion's most anticipated shows (Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci, and McQueen — to name just a few). In 2015, she started creating her own products under Pat McGrath Labs and in the five years since, the brand has become known for frequent sellouts — and those extremely covetable, luxe eyeshadow palettes.

In an Instagram post, McGrath expressed her gratitude, saying, "I want to thank all of the amazing people in my life — my mother Jean McGrath, my family, friends, colleagues and you, my fellow Beauty Lovers, who contributed to this award. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that one day Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would recognize me to be amongst the incredible recipients of this honour both past and present. When I first launched my brand, PAT McGRATH LABS, it was designed to inspire self-expression and individuality. I dedicate this honour in tribute to Makeup Artists everywhere, I adore each and every one of you. Never give up on your dreams — with hard work, creativity and perseverance anything is possible."

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