Remember Poppy King? Twenty-five years ago the then-teenage cosmetics entrepreneur from Melbourne could do no wrong. From nothing, Poppy created a multimillion-dollar lipstick empire and was even named Young Australian of the Year. But when the business hit hard times and collapsed, the lipstick queen’s reputation, once so admired, was smudged almost beyond repair. Red-faced Poppy King left Australia, believing she would never come back. She moved to New York where she picked herself up and dusted herself off. It has taken years of hard work, but as Liz Hayes discovers, a 45-year-old Poppy is now back in business and absolutely thriving.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Phil Goyen