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28-year-old Seattle CEO makes Marie Claire magazine's annual 'Power Issue'

Every year Marie Claire magazine publishes their 'Power Issue' - dedicated to honoring women who are changing the world. And this year, one of Seattle's very own is at the top of the list.

We're talking about Karissa Bodnar, CEO of Thrive Causemetics (who is only 28, by the way).

Bodnar runs luxury beauty line Thrive Causemetics from a her lower Queen Anne office space. In just three short years, Bodnar has turned the company from a small dream into a huge national success - and Marie Claire isn't the first one to take notice. Thrive has also been featured on Good Morning America, People Magazine, Vanity Fair and Shonda Rhimes' Awesome Women list (that's where we first heard about her).

Besides having a young, driven and business-savvy CEO - what makes Thrive so special? The beauty products are vegan, toxin-free and come with a purpose.

"At the very beginning, I knew every product purchased that one would be donated," said Bodnar.

At first, Bodnar's business was just selling fake eyelashes that were specifically designed for cancer patients.

"When we first started I donated 1,000 lashes to cancer organizations," she said.

Now they sell dozens of products, and have donated more than one million back to charity organization like Mary's Place and Dress for Success.

"Thrive Causemetics is my business soulmate," said Bodnar. "I get to marry my passion of helping others, and also create a business and beauty products that women love."

She's being honest when she says that; for Bodnar, Thrive is not just a business - it's personal. She was first inspired to create her business when her close college friend Kristy Lemond died of a rare form of cancer in 2013.

"It was very shocking that Kristy would have cancer in the first place, but when someone is that young you think they are going to recover," said Bodnar. "So the fact that within a year she had passed away, it didn't make sense."

About a month after her friend passed away, Bodnar woke up in the middle of the night with the idea for Thrive.

"I wrote the business plan on my phone right away - that every product purchased, one would be donated to empower women in need," she said.

Bodnar says she is honored and humbled by all the success, but will always remember Thrive's true purpose.

"I think Kristy would be very proud," she said. "She would say 'You go get 'em!' I think [she'd] want to be a part of our giving mission and she is a part of our giving mission. Kristy would be super grateful that her life has had the impact on people that it has."

To check out Thrive products, head to their website.

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