Mary Kay Inc. Offers Women Compelling Solution to Economic Downturn Through Direct Selling

DALLAS – (Business Wire) After adding up nearly 600,000 jobs lost in January 2009 alone and an all-time unemployment rate high of 7.6 percent across the United States since 1992, many Americans discover a real-life question that personally counts: “How can I make ends meet right now?” Global cosmetics leader Mary Kay Inc. provides a powerful answer for any woman who wants to be her own boss and control her own destiny – becoming a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

Based on the global economic downturn, today represents a great time for women to have their own Mary Kay business – to earn extra money and / or begin a new or second business. The Mary Kay business success equation includes popular, quality Mary Kay® skin care and color cosmetics products; motivating rewards; powerful business tools and resources; flexible schedules and inspirational networking and support among independent sales force members. Anyone can be a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant – from stay-at-home moms to Harvard MBAs and everything in between, as well as virtually all ages and ethnicities.

“Women from all backgrounds across the United States have discovered they can take their financial situation into their own hands right now, instead of worrying when they, or others in their lives, will be affected by our challenging economy,” said Yvette Franco, vice president of U.S. marketing for Mary Kay Inc. “The Mary Kay business opportunity offers women so much more than selling lipstick and our other modern products consumers need and want. Mary Kay independent sales force members can determine their own success, pace and schedule.”

Larry Chonko, the Thomas McMahon professor in business ethics at the University of Texas at Arlington, added: “Traditionally, direct selling has seen a boost during turbulent economic times. In the past, Americans have looked for an additional source of income when the economy takes a downturn, and opportunities such as having a Mary Kay business have been an attractive option for many women.”

To explore the Mary Kay business opportunity further, take the “Life Can Be Good Quiz” and visit www.marykay.com/jreed1920.

About Mary Kay Inc.

Mary Kay Inc., one of the largest direct sellers of skin care and color cosmetics, achieved another year of record results in 2007 with $2.4 billion in wholesale sales. Mary Kay® products are sold in more than 35 markets worldwide, and the company’s global independent sales force exceeds 1.8 million. To learn more about Mary Kay, log on to http://www.marykay.com or call 1-800-MARY KAY (1-800-627-9529).

Mary Kay Inc.

Janelle O’Haugherty, 972-687-5420
janelle.o’haugherty@mkcorp.com
http://www.marykay.com

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