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Trailblazers: Arlington

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Arlington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jo Bernal

The idea to open a stylish salon in the Rockport area had been in the planning stages from the time I started in the beauty industry in 2010. But before you can actually open a salon, you actually have to have enough experience to guide your clients. Read more>>

Dawlat Elamin

At Tint, I learned how to turn my passion for painting into educated brush strokes of makeup application. I was given the opportunity to work with beautiful clients of various ethnic backgrounds and so I was able to experiment with different skin tones and textures. Read more>>

Kayla Stutson

Marriage Chronicles came to be after being obedient to the call to share my story. How I overcame being cheated on, a broken heart, talked about, lied to, lied on, and so much more but came out on top because I chose to keep God first. Read more>>

Tiffany Nash

Color has it’s way of helping one express themselves or their mood. I continued playing with colors and look variations long after leaving the business and decided to do some research and went for it. My daughters and I also love to include it in our mommy and me time, and the love for it just grew from there. Read more>>

Alexis Bryant

Everything started happening very fast. I found a job within the first three months of my move and I was able to find an apartment also. I held an administrative role at a hospital, but I felt like I was destined for more. I went back to what I know and that is prayer and faith in God. Read more>>

Shanteria Lejay

I started doing hair at 15 yrs old. I graduated high school in 1997, I decided to go to beauty school to make money to pay my way through nursing school. My passion was always in doing hair but my educational background was in the medical field. Read more>>

Octavia Howard

Wink Out Loud was born to the mind of a working mother and wife, Octavia Howard. When the corporate world failed to provide personal fulfillment, Octavia took things into her own hands and set out to begin a new endeavor. Read more>>

Allyson Nickerson

In 2015, I was in the process of applying for vet school and started contemplating if being a veterinarian is really what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I quickly realized that I wanted to own and manage my own business versus working as a doctor and was bitten by the entrepreneur bug. Read more>>

Noreen Sadruddin

I started off helping a friend plan her friend’s baby shower. Did a dessert table there and people loved it! People started asking for dessert tables at their own parties and now we have Charming Affairs. Read more>>

Loriell Forté

Fruition was created to give the community to young adults everywhere not just at my church. A place where we can have the dialogue about Christianity and how it pertains to us today. Read more>>

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