foremost Galina Todd is known in Russian community of USA as a first TV
broadcaster of Russian TV network when it just started its work in early 90s.
Galina took a liking to TV journalism in Russia back in 1984. She has a lot of
political and acute social programs under her belt; among them is a
preproduction of a famous TV program “Vzglyad” (Vision) with Vladislav Listiev.
she arrived to New York she started to work for Russian TV which just
appeared. She still has a couple of her own projects: “Secrets of
Galina”, “Telemag” (TV Shop) which used to have an analog on the radio
called “Radiomag” (Radio Shop).
First program of
American TV on Russian language.
ago Galina founded her own cosmetic company “Moy Sekret by Galina” which works
solely on professional products (Salon & SPA formula). Currently her company
cooperates with many laboratories working on high-end professional cosmetics in
the US and Europe. Galina’s company presents hundreds of assorted products and
several cosmetic lines among them Skin Gourmet, Hair Gourmet, Galyn by Galina
Todd, Sans’age. Customers all around the world can choose products which will
meet their needs using internet shop WWW.MOYSEKRET.COM.
She has a
simple answer to the question - How do you stand tough competition? – “I don’t
compete with them. We cooperate. We provide everybody who wants to know the best
ways how to care about beauty with formulas of the top labs and companies
creating products for upscale SPA salons of the world, and not only formulas we
provide them with detailed instructions how to use them. No doubt it’s very
important which cosmetic products you use but even more important how you do
that. Using professional cosmetics you have to follow the instructions and make
it on a regular basis. If you do so the results will be absolutely phenomenal.
People regularly and correctly make very simple but very effective procedures
right at home, with comfort in their own bathrooms. The amount of our customers
grows every year and that means that the concept of “spa salon at home” works
even for very picky clients. When our clients get the best results that is the
real success for us.”
VERY FAMOUS AMERICAN
PUBLISHING COMPANY “CAMBRIDGE” ADDED GALINA TODD AS ONE OF THE BEST BUSINESS
WOMAN OF AMERICA OF 2006-2007 TO THE BOOK “WHO IS WHO IN THE UNITED STATES”.
a mean trick on many people. But not on her. Galina Todd, a founder of a big
cosmetic company Moy Sekret by Galina, is as beautiful, optimistic and full of
energy as she used to be when she was first broadcaster on Russian TV in
fragile and strong, feminine and self-confident, she embodies the motto “If you
want to be beautiful, just do!”; Galina gives women not only the hope, but also
a right to be what they want to.
starting our interview, I’d like to say two things. First of all Galina and me
are very good friends because we know each other for more than 10 years. And
second I call her “Gala”, it was the name of a woman Salvador Dali love his
whole life. I think this version of the name is more suitable for Galina; it has
so to say a flavor of a holiday – Gala…
“Tonus” as well as “Moy Sekret by Galina” metaphorically speaking “resides on
woman’s territory”. That’s why let’s start our conversation about beauty which
surely every woman is interested in. So who do you consider beautiful?
– Beauty is
a very personal thing. But being beautiful is what every woman feels. When we
feel beautiful, everybody sees it. I was thinking about English word beautiful.
Look it is like contraction of be-a-youth-full, which means literally “be full
of youth”. The key is in the word itself! A beautiful woman is a woman who in
spite of her age, feels young, still finds life interesting, seeks to do
something new, is ready to be delighted with anything, ready to learn something,
change something in her life and herself. Women who feel young and pretty in any
age are always beautiful!
agree! And what do you do to be one of such women?
– I try to
follow a well known rule – As long as you learn something, you are young! I
learn every day: I look for the information I need, I visit workshops
exhibitions, try something new. Recently I’ve visited a workshop related to
professional cosmetics, cosmetics made by doctors, high level professionals of
cosmetic companies and SPA-centers. I have to say the level of today’s cosmetic
industry is so high! It works so well – it’s amazing! I spoke to manufacturers,
bought a lot of samples, I want to try them myself to see how it works.
is your beauty a result of strict discipline?
– A habit
to be beautiful is a super prize which is not a gift of my fortune, but a result
of every day’s work. The beauty of a young girl can be a natural wonder, beauty
of an adult woman is a wonder created by her own hands. As for me the time I
spend in front of a mirror is my every day ritual, it’s not a heavy thing to do,
it’s a pleasure, and by the way it takes a bit of time – 15 minutes in the
morning and 15 in the evening.
– There is
a new product in your collection Moy Sekret by Galina, it appeared not long ago
– your signature perfume “Mon Secret”, and it was created and manufactured in
France. Who is this woman, you created this wonderful perfume for?
perfume has an interesting prehistory. In Miami I accidentally met a legendary
perfume designer; he created fragrances for famous fashion designers, J. Lo,
Brad Pitt. When I told this gentleman that women in Soviet Union didn’t know
what the real French perfume smells like (all so called “French perfumes” were
in reality made in Poland) and my dream was to introduce French perfume to
Russian women, he liked this idea and was very interested. He asked me to give
him an idea of my perfume and I described him a romantic story, there was a
summer thunder storm in it, naked woman, garden, emotions, feelings, smells…. As
a result he gave a birth to a wonderful fragrance with notes of freshness, “the
heart” of it keeps reflection of the Fair Lady and the trail of scent is full of
freedom, amorousness and happiness. By the way “Mon Secret” in French means “My
secret” and I think that every woman should open the secret of this perfume.
– Let speak
about cosmetic products now. “We sell not tubes and jars, we sell a dream” –
said Leonard Lauder, head of Estee Lauder Corporation, about his products. What
do you offer to every woman?
– I always
offer what I tried myself, what I admire, and what I’m assured of. It’s more
like hope, possibility, support, real help, not a dream at all.
– What is
the main “Secret” of success for your company Moy Sekret by Galina?
Galina Todd and
super-model Christie Brinkley
– You know
I do my business with all my heart and soul and very woman like. I’m looking for
innovations very selfishly, looking for products which will help me not to
“fade”. And when I found something worth I share it with other women who care
about their beauty. I respect them for the fact that they don’t forget
about themselves, they want to be desired and loved. The company Moy Sekret by
Galina created a line of not only high-quality products but a line of unique
products which I can be proud of.
business is now larger than just “ethnic”, “the mighty of this world” started to
pay attention to your products. TV news and other programs had interviews with
you and you were on CNN, ABC, NBC, and famous Enterpreneur Magazine called you
“Russian born Cosmetic Queen”. Honestly, how important is this formal success
for you when people acknowledge you?
– I am very
social and it’s very important for me. It’s flattering for me when ABC president
calls me “Cosmetic Guru” and makes compliments about my energy. He noticed that
women from his company around me start to preen themselves – they look in the
mirror, touch up their hair…
person, as you, never stops. Confess which “peaks” are you going to conquer?
What should we await from Mor Sekret by Galina this year?
there are a lot of “machines” for home usage on the beauty market. But I’m very
careful with them, my principle is like in medicine – don’t harm! You know two
of our machines because you use them – VibroLight for face lifting and Red
Impulse against hair loss.
– Thank you
Gala for this interview. Let’s wish women to find some time for themselves in
doesn’t matter what age is stated on your Id, keep living with passion, feel
desired and young…BE-A-YOUTH-FULL!