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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.

Faidra Washington-Gray

I wrote a book about my journey, A Lesson Learned the Hard Way, and the response to it allowed me to see the need to speak more about my experiences. My pain pushed me into my passion for helping those with similar situations. Read more>>

Aimée M. Everett

Breaking silences to me means to address all feelings, healthy, and unhealthy habits we have. These habits may have been passed down through family, society, or have been adopted as coping mechanisms. My work also addresses issues of racism. Racism is also an issue that needs to be addressed and can be passed or adopted as a person gets older. Read more>>

Terika Williams

I really enjoyed exercising and my sport of choice eventually became Track & Field. I had dreams of being an Olympic star much like my cousin, Micheal Tinsley. During my Junior year of high school, I injured my back and hamstring. After sitting out an entire high school season and coming back my senior year, I didn’t perform as expected. Read more>>

Ameera Henry

My Yoga Journey began in Houston, TX. Growing up, my mom had a yoga VHS tape that I would pop in the VCR here and there and I was always intrigued with this thing called “yoga” but I didn’t really dive deeper into the practice until I graduated high school in 2014. Read more>>

Reya Roussel

I learned to sew in Dallas at Concord Church starting in 6th grade. I was in a “Rites of Passage” program that lasted until my senior year of high school which focused on important skills from cooking and sewing to international travel and investing. Each year, we learned to make new garments like pillows, aprons, dresses, and quilts. Read more>>

Makayla King-Reed

I always get the question, “What made you start a youtube channel?” Believe it or not, I started my YouTube channel towards the end of 2017, because I was depressed. I had just dropped out of what I thought was my dream hbcu, cut the ties of several toxic relationships, and YouTube became a world where I could escape everything. Read more>>

Samanda Marshall-Sawyer

Becoming a wife & mother didn’t change my God-ordained purpose to be an entrepreneur. In fact, it was part of God’s strategy all along. In spite of my imperfections, failures, and many setbacks I am still the one God chose to fulfill the assignments He placed on my life. Especially, those that will be done through my business. Read more>>

Michelle Clark

I am an incredibly blessed wife, and mother whose dream was to live in the moment, enjoy my family, find true work/life balance and above all ENJOY my craft as a freelance makeup artist. I’m so thankful this journey has led me to work with and befriend many talented industry professionals. I’m so excited to see what the future holds. Read more>>

Talia Shell

My life has always been one of service. I started my personal assistant service company as a hobby about 10 years ago. It consisted of running errands, taking phone calls and house sitting. Since then, I have had many opportunities assisting in helping private businesses get started, and by assisting music artists and singers. Customer service is in my DNA. Read more>>

Sherrelle Lewis

I am your girl. My classes include color mixing, composition, brushwork, texture, subject matter, and an amazing playlist. My treat everyone like family motto sets me apart from others. You might come to me for a beautiful piece of art and leave with a new cousin. Read more>>

Karla Guadron

What I’m most proud of is the satisfaction to know someone out there, I don’t know that loves what I do and recreates the same makeup I just finished doing. What sets me apart from others is that I have my own unique looks and have different techniques, I do it my own way. Read more>>

Celest Domenick Flores

I was able to find them. Now, I vlog my fitness journey as well as different videos for adoptees who are also on their adoption journey trying to find their biological families today. Just to give them some tips and encouragement. Read more>>

Naomi Davis

Another plus to all this is the fact that I was able to attend college online while striving towards my dreams. I have learned over the years that without my many mistakes, I would not be the strong, independent woman I am today that does not let anything hold me back from following my dreams. Read more>>

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