In the last fourteen plus years, Ms. Russo has grown the business from a single person shop to a caliber of professional, creative publicists that cater to clients in a variety of industries including beauty, fashion, retail, lifestyle and entertainment. To Marla, it’s about developing long-lasting relationships between clients and key media. She helps make the connections that deliver results.
A graduate from Hofstra University, Ms. Russo has an established nineteen-year plus history in public relations. Prior to founding Bella PR, she held senior positions at several public relations firms in New York City.
Her diverse background also includes a seven-year tenure at Susan Grace Cohen Studio, affiliated with the Lee Strasberg Institute. Ms. Russo is a native New Yorker and currently lives in New York City. Within the past few months, Marla travels have often been back and forth from London where she’s in the process of opening up Bella PR London…stay tuned for more details!
Later on she worked for C.I. Visions Public Relations where she represented spa, beauty, and lifestyle accounts including Fruits & Passion. She was proud to handle the publicity for Fruits & Passion’s first US store opening in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2006, she came to Bella PR where she specializes in makeup, fragrance and spa accounts. While at Bella she directed the makeup and beauty publicity for numerous NYC fashion week shows including Betsey Johnson, Venexiana, Laurel DeWitt, Falguni & Shane Peacock and more. She also handled the press launch for the Bill Blass Couture Fragrances and Nelly’s Apple Bottom Fragrance. From working a segment on zombie makeup on Rachael Ray’s Show to rush delivering glitter to Lady Gaga’s makeup artist’s hotel room, Susan’s typical day at Bella is never boring. Over the years she has built solid relationships with the media, celebrity makeup artists and beauty industry pros. She is proud to say most of her clients have been with her for 8+ years. In addition, Susan has a strong passion for makeup artistry and worked for over three years as a beauty advisor and freelance makeup artist for Lancôme. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a major in Communications and Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. In her spare time she is proud to volunteer as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children) and is co-chair of CASA’s annual Foster the Dream Gala.
Based in NYC, Leesa has professional experience on both coasts, and has worked with a variety of companies, from small start-ups to national brands. This has led her to form relationships with top media, resulting in top tier placements with the likes of People Stylewatch, Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan and The Today Show—just to name a few. Originally from Indiana, Leesa received a BS in Public Relations from Ball State University.
Her experience ranges from working with small start-up companies to generate press and overall brand awareness, to larger consumer brands implementing strategies for new launches and seasonal collections with brands such as Cynthia Rowley, Revlon, PromGirl.com, PilyQ and Malia Jones. Throughout her career, Rachel has built strong relationships with press and other media influencers that help take her clients to the next level and keep them consistently on the media’s and consumer’s radar.
She has a proven track record for securing top-tier media placements from The Today Show and Good Day New York to InStyle and O, The Oprah Magazine. Lauren is experienced in developing and executing creative PR programs to deliver results for clients and through her work has established and maintained close relationships with top press. Throughout her career Lauren has been able to work with a diverse range of companies such as Mattel, Jeep, Dukan Diet, The DivaCup, Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort and more. Lauren graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.
With a background in working with brands in-house to launch and grow their social channels, she has built strong personal relationships with top influencers as well as up and coming innovators in the digital and social marketing arena. Throughout her career she has worked with a diverse group of brands such as Maggy London, DASH, and Armani. Her passion is creating captivating content and connecting brands and influencers to produce a brands online narrative. Arica graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising.
The proud native New Yorker has been working in the social media space since it’s inception. LeAura is a graduate of NYU and JD graduate of Hofstra Law.