As Avon celebrate 125 years in business… we look back at why the global beauty giant"s brochure has become one of the most read publications in…

As Avon celebrate 125 years in business… we look back at why the global beauty giant”s brochure has become one of the most read publications in the world

9:07 PM on 15th September 2011

Yasmin Le Bon celebrates Avon

Happy birthday! Yasmin Le Bon celebrates Avon”s 125th anniversary

Avon 125 year Anniversary 1960s heritage image

Now and then: One of Avon’s leading ladies, Amanda Garrett, left, today celebrates her 1,000th round as the global beauty giant celebrates decades of door-to-door sales

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Early years: An Avon ad in 1959, left, and 1957, right, when Avon representatives first started to work in the US

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With a flexible door-to-door sales model, women were offered the opportunity of financial independence beforethey were even allowed to vote (campaigns from 1966, left, and 1967, right)

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A whole generation of women was empoweredby the company’s opportunity and a vast network of female, micro-entrepreneurs was born (ads from 1967, left, and 1978, right)

Reese Witherspoon  Avon introduces Outspoken, the first fragrance developed in partnership with multi-platinum recording artist Fergie

Keeping up with the times: Avon signed Reese Witherspoon as the face of the brand and created a perfume with singer Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas, right