Huns That Hustle: Ofra Gaito of Ofra

In honour of International Women’s Day, we chatted with nine kick-ass, powerful women who have broken through the glass ceiling and founded their own beauty brands.

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Meet Ofra Gaito, therapist, makeup artist, and President of Ofra Cosmetics – one of our favourite all-natural makeup lines. 

Founded: 1994 

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Motto: “Give the best to everything that you do” 

On her lifelong work ethic… 

“While I was still in high school I was working through the summer as a dental assistant. By the time I was 21 I was an aesthetician in one of Johanesburg’s top day spas.” 

On the challenges of founding your own brand… 

“Manufacturing is always the hard part, especially when our goal is to be self-sufficient and produce all our formulas in-house, whilst maintaining top quality.” 

On working in business with her family… 

“We do have our disagreements, but at the end of the day each of us has a role to play, and together we come up with great ideas that are constructive to the business.” 

On how she unwinds at the end of the day… 

“I like to keep fit – I ride my sport bicycle, have personal training sessions at the gym, get deep tissue massages, and join a spinning class here and there.” 

On her role-models… 

“My father has certainly inspired me to become a cool, calm and collected person, to be patient, and to respect everyone – he taught me a lot about life.”