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Publisher's Summary

Inspiring women to pursue their own colorful dreams, I'm Not Really a Waitress tells the story of how Suzi Weiss-Fischmann transformed a small dental supply company into a number one beauty brand around the world.

Today, OPI is known as a global beauty brand, famous for its trendsetting colors, unforgettable shade names, and celebrity collaborations with the biggest stars from film, television, music, and sports. But behind all the glamour is the little-known tale of OPI's unlikely origins - an intimate and inspiring story of a timid schoolgirl who arrives in this country with little money and no English and becomes the business leader and industry game-changer known worldwide as "Suzi, the First Lady of Nails".

In I'm Not Really a Waitress - titled after OPI's top-selling nail color - Suzi reveals the events that led her family to flee Communist Hungary and eventually come to New York City in pursuit of the American dream. She shares how those early experiences gave rise to OPI's revolutionary vision of freedom and empowerment and how Suzi transformed an industry by celebrating the power of color - and of women themselves. 

©2019 Suzi Weiss-Fischmann (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Suzi Weiss-Fischmann set out to create a red polish that every woman could wear, and with I'm Not Really a Waitress, she nailed it." (Allure)

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  • Venessa
  • 15-03-20

First Lady of Nails

Thank you for telling your story and for beacon of light to all who have a dream! 💅

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  • Erin J
  • 04-02-20

Current Inspiration

Great story. I found some places repetitive, as though to fill space. Otherwise, the story is quite inspiring.

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  • Marissa Robinson
  • 15-01-20

amazing!

the Narration was pretty monotone and distant at the beginning... but it got better and I wanted to spend every free minute listening to this story! so good! I love that it's the story of the brand but also that theres excitement, hardship and encouragement throughout every chapter! clever to name the chapters and book after polish colors. loved it!!! must listen!

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  • AEC
  • 14-01-20

Great insight for women entrepreneurs

Great encouragement from one entrepreneur to another about being creative in feeding the passion to stay focus.

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  • Brookeness
  • 15-04-19

This is more about OPI and less about Suzi

This autobiography started out strong, the story of OPIs beginnings, and Suzi's life is amazing. she then writes, for several chapters, about the busy life of a business woman, and talks about growth, social media and marketing, and giving back. I am a small business owner and appreciated many of this things she said, but they weren't new to me, so this portion of this book wasn't completely entertaining. I found myself cranking up the listening speed to 1.5x. BUT, if I read this early in business I would be thrilled with her ideas and she has so much to teach. Really, for a company that does so much great marketing, I think this book is marketed wrong. it is less about Suzi's beginnings and her personal story, and more about what makes OPI tick. I don't know that my mom would be interested in this book, but I would recommend it to young ladies, interested in being entrepreneurs. It would have been great to have more personal stories, funny encounters with the amazing people she's worked with, and specific scenarios. Or stories from nail techs maybe or others related to the business. The few included are entertaining! but there could have been a lot more. Wonderful to have this female jewish role model telling her story!

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  • Plainfield317
  • 04-04-19

Such great advice and a great personal story

I am so happy to have learned Suzi’s story and the story of OPI. Always a fan of the nail lacquer, I had no idea how the organization came to be. The story moved along nicely and the narrator was perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-09-19

Such a great story!

What an amazing business (and life!) journey Suzi has had! I’m an avid OPI consumer, and have been since high school, so it’s great knowing how it all came about. What a powerhouse of a woman - how amazing it would be to meet her and swap business ideas!