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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.

Ilea Osborne

One day I took a leap and quit my job at a civil engineering firm as a drafting technician. The very next day I started making money as a muralist in the DFW area. I began to take odd jobs using Craigslist. And with each job I observed and learned and gained experience. Read more>>

Keadra Jeter

I started as a kid, sitting around watching my brothers draw cars in their school notebooks & saw my mom draw different animals while on the phone with her friends. I didn’t think I would get the artistic gene like everyone else in my family until I began drawing on walls. Read more>>

Dessi Sykes

Dessi has always been an artist at heart . As a child she always had a love for art in many different forms. Music, Makeup, Drawings , Theatre. She did it all! She is furthering her career in the field of Esthetics and plans on attending nursing school this fall to pursue her dream of becoming a Cosmetic Nurse! Read more>>

Vanessa Sanchez

I can still remember the brand of the first lipstick I bought. It was a 99 cent wet and wild lipstick. It was a nude shimmery shade because that’s all my mother would let me wear. I remember doing my friend’s makeup in high school, sometimes for a special occasion but mostly for fun. Read more>>

Teriasia Dean, Horace Stevenson III

A native of San Diego California, born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Teriasia Dean developed an increasing interest in the artistry industry. In 2011, she decided to further her passion by becoming a licensed esthetician. Teriasia started a her career in makeup, working for companies such as MAC Cosmetic, Bare Mineral, Japonesque Cosmetics, and Juice Beauty. Read more>>

Abena Adu

I followed my intuition and began working in the childbirth industry in 2009, after the birth of my first child. My labor/delivery experience was not the best one and I noticed that I wasn’t alone. I would listen to the complaints of other women and I started to notice a pattern. Read more>>

Tia Kirby

Now you can find hair and beauty content on my channel on Tuesdays as well as my new talk show on Fridays entitled “Heart of the Matter”. “Heart of the Matter” is a platform where we get passed the facade of social media and the appearance of ‘I got it all together’. Read more>>

Kosolu “Kasa” Ananti

I always wanted to start my own business but I had analysis paralysis about how I would start. In 2016 I went into labor with my first son Kj, during my sixth month of pregnancy in July, seven days after my son was born, he died in NICU. Read more>>

Touré Pride

No Rulez Media Group started when my husband and I bought a camera in 2015. We started by interviewing artists around Dallas and posting the videos on Youtube. After about a year, we decided to rebrand. We wanted to start a podcast. Read more>>

Kylie Yost

Art has been apart of my life since I can remember. My father was a self taught artist and introduced me to drawing at a very young age. I started by trying to recreate my fathers works and eventually began constructing my own. Read more>>

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