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Dame Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop, Has Died

This is some sad end-of-the-day news: Anita Roddick, who founded The Body Shop in 1976, has died. In February, she revealed that she had contracted hepatitis C through a blood transfusion while giving birth in 1971. Known for her commitment to fair trade and providing cruelty-free cosmetics, she built The Body Shop into an international company worth millions of dollars. Queen Elizabeth II made her a dame, the female equivalent of a knight, four years ago. Anita Roddick would have been 65 next month.

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Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 10 years
We will miss her. I hope the Body Shop stays strong and doesn't get too corporate or get taken over!
chiquitadequeso chiquitadequeso 10 years
Anita was a great woman. She'll always be remembered for trying to make a difference. I remember meeting her a year ago and being amazed at her vitality.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
That is sad...I'm not big into the Body Shop like I used to, but she created a wonderful franchise and I really admired her for being environmentally and socially conscious.
SweetE SweetE 10 years
One of my first jobs was working for her company. They really try to promote values and products...pretty rare in the cosmetics industry, esp. when it started. Not to mention that as a woman she created a huge company! Well done Anita. RIP.
prinsessa prinsessa 10 years
That is so sad, but at least she has done a great job in life:)
Lala77 Lala77 10 years
RIP :(
jkebeans jkebeans 10 years
That's really sad. I feel bad for her family.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
Very sad. Rest in peace Anita.
maximumblonde maximumblonde 10 years
Heartbreaking...she is one of my heros. I can't recommend her book "Body and Soul: Profits with Principles--The Amazing Success Story of Anita Roddick & The Body Shop" enough. Brilliant, caring woman.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 10 years
RIP. Long live China Rain!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 10 years
A lot of her concepts seem so commonplace today, but were really innovative. I like that she built a big company while maintaining her principles and educating other people about things like fair trade and recycling and animal testing.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
Aww that's so sad :( The Body Shop is wonderful and I love how they try and work towards conserving the environment and don't test on animals!
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 10 years
audreystar what a great thing to write....lets other people on here see what an amazing woman she was!!! i love me some body shop, love me some recycling...her combo of the two was sooo much to be respected!
muchacha muchacha 10 years
totally bummed..
audreystar audreystar 10 years
i remember learning about her and her company in business class back in 1994. for some reason i always remembered her from that class. she was such an innovator in the cosmetic business industry. the mark she left alone on recycling when it comes to beauty was astronomical. i wish her family the best and may she rest in peace. :pray:
carolbob carolbob 10 years
Oh no, and so young!
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 10 years
damn, that's awful. Atleast she left her mark on the world.
mrandles mrandles 10 years
The Body Shop Rocks! I use the home fragrances all the time and the Strawberry body butter is my favorite. I am sad for Body Shops loss. Her vision will live on and so will fair trade.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I love the Body Shop. Rest In Peace!
hunnybunny hunnybunny 10 years
wow thats soo sad!! well RIP!! i loveee body shop.. my mom got me my first make up stuff from body shop.. it was a pencil lipstick and a blusher.. love all the soaps, scents, and hand/body creams..
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
very sad
Alissa1122 Alissa1122 10 years
RIP Anita.
mominator mominator 10 years
Never heard of her but how tragic. That's sad.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Sad! RIP.
fadeastride fadeastride 10 years
Aww, that sucks. I love The Body Shop. My condolences to her family and friends.
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