On December 9, Orenthia represented Avon in the company’s donation of $200,000 worth of adorable Avon Holiday Teddy Bears to The Today Show‘s 22nd Annual Holiday Toy and Gift Drive with a live appearance in New York City. Luckily, she also had a little helper—her 5-year-old granddaughter, Zoe.
“On behalf of the six million Avon Representatives worldwide, I am so happy to announce Avon’s donation to children that are in need,” Orenthia told Beauty for a Purpose.
Philanthropy has been one of Avon’s guiding principles for nearly 130 years, from supporting breast cancer research and domestic violence awareness to creating superior products whose proceeds support the Avon Foundation for Women’s causes. “I’m very proud of my affiliation with Avon. It’s been an extraordinary experience. I want to share that with the world and show how the company empowers women every day, whether it’s through financial independence or a great lipstick,” Orenthia added.
For Orenthia, serving as Avon’s philanthropic ambassador for the day was a natural fit as giving back is part of her personal mission – based in Newark, New Jersey, she is also vice president of the Hands for Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood poverty.
To kick off the exciting day, Orenthia gathered with her daughter Donnica and granddaughter Zoe to get glam with Avon’s beauty team before heading to the NBC studios. We tagged along to get her exclusive take, from makeup prep to her big TV moment.
Orenthia arrived at Avon’s N.Y.C. offices bright and early—and got right down to business.
“I’m excited and nervous!” she said. Granddaughter Zoe added that despite a 5 a.m. wake-up, she was “not tired at all!” As her grandmother prepped for the day, bright personality Zoe kept the group smiling.
Avon’s beauty team was on hand to help Orenthia look and feel beautiful before the big announcement. (To learn more about the products used to create her natural but festive look, keep reading!)
“Having makeup done always adds a little boost to a woman,” Orenthia said. “I’m no different! I’m also learning some tricks.”
Donnica, Orenthia’s daughter and fellow Avon Representative, confirmed her mom was camera ready: “You look so fabulous!”
All in the Family
Five-year-old Zoe brought along a friend for the TV debut – her own Avon bear, Rosie. “My granddaughter’s reaction when I gave her one of the Avon Holiday Teddy Bears was priceless to me, so picturing all those kids getting one — I can just imagine the joy. I said everyone needs a furry friend, and Zoe agreed.”
Orenthia was thrilled the day was a family affair. “I’m honored and proud to have my daughter and granddaughter share this moment with me,” she reflected. “Sometimes when we do these things your family has no idea how much is involved, so it’s nice to have them come and see.”
Top of the World
“I’m very proud of my mother,” Donnica gushed. “She’s worked so hard for years. I watched her start going door to door and now she has such a successful business.”
Lights, Camera, Action
“This is a dream come true — I’ll be on national TV with my favorite hosts!” Orenthia said. “Being a Representative gives me a platform to speak to people who I would not normally have contact with and empower women. I would absolutely never have imagined I’d be able to do this when I first started with Avon – all I wanted was a little extra money. That’s the beauty of it.”
Bears on Board
When their moment in the spotlight arrived, both Orenthia and Zoe were poised onstage. “The hosts and crew were so kind,” Orenthia noted. “Zoe was thrilled when it was her turn to be mic’d up.”
An Empowering Day
Empowerment means empowering others by giving back – a message Orenthia both shared and lived first-hand.
“Being on live TV was quick and awesome — I felt like I just bungee-jumped,” she said. “Zoe was great, too! It was a proud moment to represent Avon on such a grand scale and I’m so honored to have been able to do this.”
Get the Look
Ready to get Orenthia’s camera-ready look?
Makeup artist Ellen Bodkins used neutrals and golds that popped with her red dress and highlighted her features. Big & False Lash Volume Mascara, True Color Eyeshadow (in Berry Love), Ideal Luminous Blush (in Cranberry), and Ideal Flawless Invisibly Coverage (in Rich Espresso) warmed the effect.
A final touch of Avon Glow Bronzing Pearls (in Sunkissed) on the bridge of the nose and above the cheekbones gave Orenthia a soft dewy glow. Beyond Color Lipstick (in Power Trip) and Ultra Luxury Lip Liner (in Chocolate) defined and her lips and perfectly complemented her skin.