Men have been at the top of the leaderboard for years, dominating and controlling the world of business. But with the merging of influential women came the launch of a whole new era for businesswomen across the globe. Today, women are sitting side by side and establishing their own businesses as household names in a variety of industries, including publishing, technology, fashion, real estate, broadcasting, and beauty, without any male assistance! With the huge rise of women entrepreneurs, it can be hard to come up with a definitive list of the best women entrepreneurs all over the world.
When narrowing down the best ones in Romania, Maria De Los Angelos Awdi’s (also known as Maria D. Awdi) name is spontaneously mentioned. Maria D. Awdi is a Lebanese-American entrepreneur residing in Bucharest, Romania. Originally, she was born in Baalbek, Lebanon, and left for the US when she was 16 years old. There, she studied and graduated from Wayne State University’s (Detroit, Michigan) School of Art and Communication in 2011.
After her graduation, she moved to Romania and started working in the hotel business and in real estate with her family, which owns more than 50 stores around the city. Later on, Maria started working in fashion and opened her first store, “Lucia Bella” (a Lebanese franchise selling haute couture dresses, in downtownn Bucharest. The store offered styling and outfits for the big celebrities from Romania and for the big fashion events such as Elle and Harperr’s Bazaarr.
After years of hard work and with Maria’s ambition, she launched her personal brand, “MDLA,” in 2020, which unfortunately was postponed due to COVID-19. But she then launched her second virtual collection on the brand’s Instagram page, @mdla.avenue. In the meantime, she’s working on both a virtual and a real collection that will be launched in the spring and summer of 2023. Far away from fashion and out of her interests, Maria is working on her MDLA wellness and beauty brand, which will be launched next year.
One would say that the accomplishments that Maria has achieved to date were achieved by many other influencers and entrepreneurs. Actually, what makes her unique is the fact that when she was a divorced woman at a certain stage if her life, she was fighting for her independence,fighting to wipe the rules of her society, unlike other divorced women who are waiting for chances around the corner. The fact that Maria refused to settle down or feel less miserable being divorced at that time made her unique and a source of inspiration for other women. Her power, passion and self-esteem then were the reason for her lifetime happiness when she found her man who was able to give, respect and stand by her side anytime.