5 Filipina Celebrities Running Their Own Successful Businesses

From beauty and skincare to fragrances and wines, these enterprising women have got you covered.

While these celebrities are known for their talent and vibrant personalities, they’ve also managed to make the move towards entrepreneurship and start their own businesses.

Many are inspired by their personal passions, turning their interests into lucrative businesses. If you’re in need of inspiration or just some new products to try, these women-led ventures may be what you’re looking for.

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Vern and Verniece Enciso’s VV & Co.

Fashion, travel, and lifestyle bloggers Vern and Verniece Enciso have been in the influencer industry for around 10 years now. As pioneers in the Philippines’ social media sphere, they knew that someday, they wanted to create their own brand that had their names on it.

Vern and Verniece Enciso's VV & Co.
Image via VV & Co.’s website

And so VV & Co. was born. “Inspired by a fond childhood memory of their dad going to work, hugging and kissing them goodbye, leaving a trail of scent that lingers till they see him again at night, they wanted to create a line of perfume that would serve as a little love letter to every patron,” their website states.

Last year, in a collaboration with Vito Selma, the brand expanded to the home with a line of reed diffusers that are based on their personalities. Each scent was designed to help remind their patrons of fond memories of home.

Dominique Cojuangco’s The Collective

Following in her business tycoon father’s footsteps, Dominique Cojuangco established The Collective with her husband Michael Hearn. Though often in the limelight, Cojuangco hasn’t always been the most confident in her own skin.

Dominique Cojuangco's The Collective
Image via Instagram @dominique

“Experiencing irregular skin texture to chemical and second degree burns from the sun, my early years really helped me see the importance of understanding and listening to one’s own skin,” she writes on the brand’s website.

“I found fulfillment in creating and curating products that work, and that is what led to the beginnings of The Collective. I’m so excited to be able to bring in more representation into the beauty marketplace; to create a space where inclusion is at the heart of what we do.”

Anne Curtis’ Blk Cosmetics

In 2017, Anne Curtis launched her first makeup line Blk Cosmetics. As an animal lover, Curtis prides herself on creating a brand that is cruelty-free and PETA approved. Inclusivity was also important for the actress, focusing on products that are suitable for different skin types and tones.

Anne Curtis' Blk Cosmetics
Image via Instagram @blkcosmeticsph

“We believe that beauty should be easy. As a makeup brand, we’re not here to intimidate or overwhelm,” the brand’s website states. “Our goal is simple: To give you high-quality beauty products that work—in formats and formulas that are versatile, convenient, and easy-to-use.”

Aside from being cruelty-free, a portion of its sales also goes to causes and initiatives they believe in. This includes 1% for the Planet, a global organization which supports environmental causes to protect the planet.

Nadine Lustre’s Maison Bukana Wines

In October this year, Nadine Lustre launched her new business Maison Bukana Wines with her partner Christophe Bariou. The brand’s wines originate from France, made with the Filipino’s tropical palate in mind.

Nadine Lustre's Maison Bukana Wines
Image via Instagram @nadine

“We have meticulously handpicked an exceptional selection of red wines, white wines and Champagne in order for you to taste the outcome of centuries of selection, ingenuity and dexterity,” the website states. Each bottle is conserved at the highest standards in the business’ cellars, at a constant temperature and humidity level.

On Instagram, Lustre wrote “Grateful for the countless days of uncertainty and problem-solving cuz it’s what makes the journey so so personal. It feels surreal seeing our passion project come to life.”

Banner image via Instagram @verniecenciso and @vernenciso.

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