Vandana Luthra is an Indian entrepreneur and is known for being the founder of VLCC Healthcare Ltd., a beauty and healthcare company.
Vandana Luthra was born on Sunday, 12 July 1959 (age 64; as of 2023) in New Delhi. Her zodiac sign is Cancer. After her schooling at Mater Dei School and graduating from Lady Shriram College, Delhi University, in 1979, she did a course in nutrition and cosmetology from Karlsruhe, Germany. Furthermore, she has done a series of training programs in beauty, fitness, food and nutrition, and skincare from London, Munich, and Paris. After returning to India, she started her entrepreneurial journey with VLCC (Vandana Luthra Curls and Curves) in 1989 from New Delhi.
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father Ram Arora was a mechanical engineer while her mother Kamini was an ayurvedic doctor who ran Amar Jyoti, a charitable ayurvedic initiative.
Husband & Children
Vandana Luthra got married to Mukesh Lutra (Chairman at VLCC Health Care Ltd.) in 1980. They have two daughters together, Pallavi Luthra and Meera Bhatia.
Signature of Vandana Luthra
As an Entrepreneur
Vandana had a vision of bringing beauty and wellness to every Indian household and making her brand VLCC a household name. According to her, it was hard to establish herself as a woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated society. She opened her first outlet in Krishna Nagar, Safdarjung Enclave in New Delhi in 1989 by using her savings and taking a bank loan. In a video, Vandana explains that it was a running place that was about to shut down, a thousand square foot area in size, near a cow shed. She also collaborated with doctors and medical professionals to provide cosmetology services and weight management plans.
“My approach was scientific and I started working with doctors from day one. This worked in our favour too. From day one I was clear that the brand would not be a glamorous one. The center was a clinic and was projected in that very manner.”
Since then, VLCC has become a brand well-known in India as well as abroad (South Asia, South East Asia, the GCC region, and east Africa.) The company has expanded from being a wellness and beauty center to a training institute with over 90 VLCC Institutes of Beauty & Nutrition around the globe. VLCC has its own R&D centers and Vandana makes sure that the company is always updated with the latest technology.
As an Author
Vandana Luthra published a book on wellness and fitness in 2011 named Complete Fitness Programme and in 2013 with the name A Good Life – The VLCC Way.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Padma Shri (2013)
Vandana Luthra receiving the Padma Shri Award from the President of India
- FICCI Successful Business Woman Award
- Amity Woman Achievers Award
- Outstanding Business Woman Award
- Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in India (2011 to 2017)
- Forbes list of 50 Power Businesswomen
- Rajeev Gandhi Women Achiever Award
- “2020 Power Women” by Femina magazine
Vandana Luthra has a net worth of Rs 1,300 Crore.
- Vandana Luthra’s biggest inspiration in life was her mother who made difference in the life of others with her charitable initiative Amar Jyoti the aim of which was educating children with and without disabilities from kindergarten to class eight. Since then it has had over 800 children in its two branches.
- VLCC has collaborated with the Government of India and is now a major part of the government’s Jan-Dhan Yojana.
- Vandana Luthra became the first chairperson of B&WSSC (Beauty and Wellness Sector Skill Council) in 2014, an organization that provides training under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana scheme.
- Vandana was also honored with the position of vice chairperson of the NGO Khushii which looks after telemedicine centers and a remedial school that has about 3,000 children.
- She is a member of (MDNIY) Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, an organization under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India that looks after Yoga Education, Planning, Promotion, Training, Therapy, and Research.
- Vandana is passionate about women’s empowerment and 70% of her training programs comprise women.
- Now a grandmother of three, Vandana makes sure that everyone follows a fitness routine and stays healthy.