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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.

Nicole Sheppard

I started Nikki Speaks LLC after I saw a need for people to have a resource and platform to speak about their personal struggles and victories. Most importantly, I love to see people overcome the obstacles that life brought their way. Read more>>

Julie Grimmett

My blogging journey started about ten years ago. At the time I was doing custom knit and crochet accessories and selling them at craft shows. I was even the president of a company that produced craft shows. Of course, I didn’t just write about knitting and crocheting. Read more>>

Lauren Miller

I turned to social media. There were a few reasons for this choice, primarily I just wanted someone (other than a baby) to talk to throughout the day. I started taking more pictures, documenting our days, and sharing my experiences as a first time mom! Read more>>

Shatethia “Shae” Harris

Sure, so I have really dry skin and could not find a store brought product that actually worked for me and that wasn’t to expensive. For years, I would use a store brought lotion and mix it with baby oil gel just to satisfy my skin. Fast forward, the idea of making my skincare products came to mind a year before even acting on it. Finally, I said no more to mixing lotion and baby oil gel I started to look up natural ingredients to see what has actually worked for other people with dry skin. I mixed a few ingredients tested it out on my skin and it worked!! Read more>>

Adria Green

My dad never understood why I took such an interest in sneakers, he always thought that they were a huge waste of time and money. One day, he came into my room, looked around at all the shoeboxes and offered to mount some shoe racks for me, to create more space in my room. As he was mounting the shoe racks on my wall he said, “You need to make these shoes work for you some kind of way.” Well, after he passed away, I was searching for a purpose… the “why” of MY life. Read more>>

Steph Bolton

I have always had a love for photography. Every vacation or family event I would take a million pictures. All my family and friends would be so tired of me because I wanted to capture every moment and monument. My mom was the same way and always had a recording of me and my siblings big moments. She always had photographs of us all over the house, so it was just a part of my life. My official start with photography began with I started a fashion blog with my friend Necia called Virtuous Virgos. Read more>>

Adama Gegbe

Even though my company is new I’m also proud that I’ve designed my brand myself from scratch which includes my logo, business cards, website which is coming soon, ads and flyers for my company and hair products. Read more>>

Shayauna Richmond

DiamondFit By Shay was once only an idea I had 5 years ago, while i was dealing with depression and suicidal. One of the darkest times in my life. I felt alone, misunderstood, frustrated and saw no purpose in living. I have been an athlete all my life. Read more>>

Priscila Leboreiro

Baking has always been a passion of mine since I can remember, I started baking many years ago as a hobby watching my mom and my grandmother following family recipes and traditions from the heart of the kitchen. Read more>>

Adrienne Cook

Double Blind Surprise has been a long time in the making and has taken a very odd and windy path. I am an artist. I have a Masters degree in Printmaking but I’ve always kind of known that the traditional route of a fine artist was not for me. Read more>>

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