Fifteen years ago, on July 4, 2006, Pink Truth was born. We started out as Mary Kay Sucks, and the whole idea was to create an anti-MLM site that never went away.
Let’s back up. I was in active in Mary Kay for about 18 months between late 1998 and early 2000.That’s me in my skirt, pantyhose, and red jacket at Seminar 1999. I wanted to be a director so bad, and the red jacket was the first step. (That’s me at seminar 1999 in my red jacket!)
I came into Mary Kay with an emerald star order ($3600 wholesale) because that’s what you did if you wanted to be successful. Despite not selling much of it my first month because I was just getting started, my recruiter begged me to order another $1,000 my second month so she could finish her car. Then she begged me to order more so she could finish DIQ. And so on and so forth.
I did all the things I was taught. I hustled every single night after work. If I didn’t have a skin care class booked, I was on the phone or out meeting people. I put in a ton of hours and I followed all the instructions. I went to all the events, watched all the videos, participated in all the calls. I was the model beauty consultant because I wanted to become a sales director and quit my job.
Like so many of you found out, it was a losing proposition. I could not recruit a unit of women honestly. And I wasn’t willing to buy my way up the ladder. I got turned off by the tactics used by my sales director. I hated seeing her push women to buy inventory when they didn’t want to and/or couldn’t afford it. Her spitefulness showed when she gleefully told me one of my recruits went inactive and I was no longer eligible to wear my red jacket.
I stopped actively working Mary Kay in 2000 after I started my forensic accounting business and had been working that for about six months. I just didn’t think I could do both Mary Kay and my real business anymore and I made a choice. Oh, how my sales director ridiculed me. I remember her telling me that I’d never make anyone feel good about themselves with accounting. (She apparently didn’t consider how good someone feels when I find the money that has been stolen from them.)
After I quit MK, I spent the next year trying to liquidate the thousands of dollars of inventory I had. I should have sent it all back, but I didn’t want to “close that door forever.” I kept selling to my customers, trading products I couldn’t sell for ones that I could, selling items at cost to other consultants, and then deeply discounting for customers until it was all gone. In the end, I just barely broke even on Mary Kay. Hundreds of hours of my time devoted to MK, and I didn’t profit one cent.
A few years later I found a “complaints board” online and started reading about Mary Kay. The women discussing their MK experience seemed to have a lot in common with me. I started participating there, and out of that grew a couple of websites for complainers like me to talk with each other. But each time a new website exposing the negative side of Mary Kay started, it eventually went away. Women got tired of running the sites or they were doxxed and threatened by Mary Kay ladies and other MLM supporters.
I had a different idea for a website. I started Mary Kay Sucks mostly for fun. I wanted to gossip about the Mary Kay ladies, and that first year we did a roundup of the worst dresses at Seminar. It was a lot of fun. The number of visitors shocked me. And I quickly felt a responsibility to do something with that. Maybe this was a chance to REALLY get the “other side” of Mary Kay out there?
So I set out on a mission to educate women who were thinking of signing up for MK or who were already in but looking to get out and get as much money back as possible. I was immediately accused of trying to “bring Mary Kay down.” I never had any intention of trying to do that. I saw MK for what it was: a huge company with enormous resources that could buy all sorts of positive publicity. There would be no taking down Mary Kay.
I also spent a couple of years battling trolls who tried to ruin me professionally. They spread lies about me on the internet, and they told me that if I didn’t shut down Pink Truth, they’d make sure that my business was ruined and my reputation would be so trashed that no one would hire me. They did things like trying to get my book publisher to cancel my contract, calling law firms I worked with to damage my reputation, trying to get me kicked out of professional organizations, making false reports about me to my state’s CPA licensing board. They even went so far as threatening to show up at my speaking engagements and disrupting the events.
But I weathered that storm because I knew I was doing the right thing. I knew it was important to get truth about MK out there, and not be intimidated by people with a vested interest in hiding that truth. For women who took the time to research before they signed up, there was finally a resource to show them the other side of Mary Kay.
When I was recruited, there was no information out there about the company. All I had were the handouts my recruiter and her director gave me, and they were filled with lies. But I had no way of knowing that. Pink Truth would help balance the scales a little and expose the lies, the half-truths, the false earnings claims, and pull the curtain back on this huge scam.
So here we are, 15 years later, celebrating all the women who have heard the truth about this pink predator. Mary Kay is a true wolf in sheep’s clothing. They preach empowering women and being boss babes, knowing that almost everyone loses money. We’ll do our best to keep educating the more than 1 million visitors we get each year. Mary Kay was betting on Mary Kay Sucks going away quickly. 15 years later we’re still here, and we’re not going anywhere.