February 28, 2011 10:41 ET

JAFRA® and CBS' "The Talk" Celebrate Women Who've Accelerated Their Success

JAFRA USA President Connie Tang Awards a Deserving Mom Entrepreneur With a Brand-New Mercedes Benz

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - To celebrate women who have accelerated their personal and professional success despite challenges, Connie Tang, the President of the U.S. division of JAFRA® Cosmetics International Inc. (JAFRA), appeared on CBS' "The Talk" and surprised one deserving "mompreneur" with a brand-new Mercedes Benz GLK350 sports utility vehicle. The prize was part of a February 25 segment highlighting self-employed mothers across the country, including Independent JAFRA Consultant Marie Menard, who have achieved success despite adversity, such as supporting children as a single parent, economic hardship, or striving to balance motherhood and a busy career.

"We're honored to work with 'The Talk' to commend exceptional self-made female entrepreneurs who embody the same commitment, drive and leadership skills that we foster amongst our own Independent JAFRA Consultants," said Connie Tang, President of JAFRA USA. "While it was tough to pick from so many fabulous women, we ultimately selected Denise Portillo, a Los Angeles-based chef and caterer, to receive the new car. Despite the multiple setbacks and hardships Denise encountered -- be it illness, tragedy or the challenges of single motherhood -- Denise has shown determination to accelerate her success and realize her personal potential in a manner which mirrors JAFRA's Mission."

More than half a million women worldwide have developed successful careers offering JAFRA beauty and skin care products and the opportunity for others to start their own business. They've achieved a level of financial independence and set their own pace while benefitting from the convenience of working from home. JAFRA recently created Accelerate Your Success, an 18-month incentive promotion that transforms lives by helping participants acquire business building skills to achieve personal goals, fostering teamwork and leadership skills, while compensating participants with the ultimate prize, ownership of a brand-new Mercedes Benz.

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Menard is one such woman who has built a successful business through JAFRA's Accelerate Your Success promotion. "The Talk" profiled her on the February 25th episode, including how her JAFRA income allowed her to stay home and raise her two daughters as a single mom. Menard's greatest reward is giving back to her community by providing her cosmetic/skin care expertise to local hospital oncology departments where she helps cancer patients pamper themselves and boost their self-esteem, just as JAFRA helped Menard build self-confidence.

"Marie is just one of the many Consultants who have transformed their lives by running their own successful business," continued Tang. "In today's challenging economic times, women more than ever need options for new revenue streams to support their families. JAFRA offers this opportunity coupled with flexibility, a supportive environment, as well as the tools to be you own boss."

To learn more about JAFRA's Accelerate Your Success, visit

JAFRA is a leading direct-sales producer of beauty products, marketing in 17 countries throughout Latin America, North America, Europe and soon in Asia.

More than 550,000 independent Consultants generate sales in excess of half a billion US dollars, marketing the JAFRA brand of skin and body care, color cosmetics, spa, men's skin care and grooming products, and fragrances. Headquartered in Westlake Village, California, JAFRA has been a member of the Vorwerk group since 2004. Vorwerk & Co. KG is a multibillion-dollar family enterprise with headquarters in Wuppertal, Germany. Established in 1883, Vorwerk is one of the world's largest direct selling companies. To learn more, visit

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