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The Avon Lady Through the Years

"It's Avon calling!"

For more than 125 years, Avon Representatives, affectionately dubbed "Avon Ladies," have brought beauty into the lives of women around the world - first door-to-door and eventually online.

Over the decades and across continents, our Representatives have shared - and continue to share - their dedication to building personal relationships with their customers.

Read about some of our notable Avon Ladies over the years.


First Avon Representative

1886 Avon's "First Lady"
Mrs. P.F.E. Albee - U.S.

Avon's Founder David H. McConnell handpicked Mrs. Persis Foster Eames Albee as our first Representative and affectionately dubbed her the "Mother of the California Perfume Company." In a letter to McConnell, Mrs. Albee wrote, "I know of no line of work so lucrative, pleasant and satisfactory as this." The legendary Mrs. Albee is still a role model for Avon Representatives today and is credited with creating the company's system for distributing products.

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Viola Morse - U.S.
Avon Representative, 1951- 1962

When she first started selling Avon, Viola Morse didn't own a car. She'd walk 3-4 miles a day carrying her demo bag to visit customers, even in the harshest Massachusetts winters.

But Morse loved running her business and she used her Avon earnings to put her kids through college. "We lived Avon in my household," Morse's daughter, Carol Dorsey, recalls. Dorsey and her sister both became Avon Representatives themselves, helped their mother assemble customers' product delivery bags and mimeographed their mother's "Avon Angel Bulletin" newsletter. Carol remembers, "I was very proud of her. She was very accomplished at what she was doing."

Avon Representative - Italy

Milena Maria Gavazzi Paredi - Italy
Avon Representative, 1966 to 2011

Milena started selling Avon in 1966 - the company's first year in Italy - and her business is still thriving. To Paredi, Avon meant the chance to do something different and to meet lots of people. Like many Representatives, she first used her earnings to buy products for herself and for customer demonstrations. Her biggest sellers that first year with Avon were fragrances - Topaz, Charisma and various cream sachets - as well as bubble bath. More recently, her customers seemed to have a penchant for the Faraway fragrance line and Glimmersticks makeup.

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Soledad Lacson Pena - The Philippines
Avon Representative since 1978

Pena has been selling Avon since the company first entered the Philippines in 1978. She began selling to help assist her husband in covering their family's clothing, food and utility bills. She also helped pay her kids' tuition at highly competitive schools and colleges.

Pena and her team have never had a day without any sales. Pena leverages the Internet to communicate with her team and get reports - and promotes new products through text blasts. "This is the only company where you can make people successful and change their lives. It was fate that I was placed in this company to give earnings opportunities to Representatives."

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Larisa Nuzhdina - Russia
Avon Representative since 1997

Nuzhdina started selling Avon in 1997 after retiring because she didn't want to simply "do nothing." After just two campaigns, she became a Sales Leader. At first, she used her earnings to purchase Avon cosmetics and later a new flat, garage and her own office. She's also won two cars from Avon and at the age of 65 got her first driver's license. "Avon gives me the feeling of self-significance. I can earn a stable income and have confidence in tomorrow. Thanks to Avon for changing my life!"

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Natividad Bravo - Mexico
Avon Representative since 1982

Until she started selling Avon, Natividad Bravo's life was marked by hardship and struggle. An orphan with a less-than-ideal childhood, she was on her own by the age of 15. However, once she started her Avon business, success quickly followed.

When Bravo began selling Avon, the company's most popular products were Fonet, Sunware, Elegante, Charisma and Flamingo. Rather than go door-to-door, she has always preferred finding customers in public gathering spaces such as the market. Bravo has a knack for direct selling and Avon has always been a bright spot in her life. She's won numerous awards, traveled extensively and built a home for her family.

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Irina Minca - Romania
Avon Representative since 2005

Minca started selling Avon in 2005 as a way to earn extra money. She has been so successful that she's been able to buy not only clothes and cosmetics but also a computer and car with her earnings.

Minca knows her way around the social media world and is savvy when it comes to leveraging the Internet for her business. She reads "every forum or blog that is related to Avon so I can make a good impression on my customers by knowing everything about the company" and frequently posts comments. Every day she reads the Avon Romania blog, which was once voted "Best Company Blog" in Romania. Minca says Avon has helped her develop in many ways and has made her more responsible. She calls Avon "my hobby, my family, my business."