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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.

April Byrd

First things first, I am from Chicago aka Chi’Town, so of course I am a huge fan of the Chicago Bears. I love having a good time and hanging out with my friends which typically consist of hitting a bar and enjoying conversations that include topics such as sports, education, dreams, and entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Molyna Soukhoumrath

I have always been in the financial industry. After being with Chase for a long time (over ten years) it was time for a change. The company had lay offs after lay offs. Waking up for work every morning was started to get frustrating because you didn’t know if you were up next. Read more>>

Kai Scates

Like everyone else in this world, I’ve been in the same skin since I was born. I went through a phase in life where I didn’t understand my body size. I really didn’t understand why I was shaped the way I was. Read more>>

Sarang Douglas

My name is Sarang and I’m a mother of 5 beautiful children. Eleven years ago I realized very quickly that I needed to regain control of my life when I was diagnosed with Graves Disease and then Hypothyroidism, that news was also combined with having sleep apnea. Read more>>

Ayla Bell

It all started one night before I went to sleep. I was frustrated by being prejudged and categorized by people, so in that exact moment I decided to write a blog post on Tumblr. Tumblr eventually turned into wordpress and now I am on youtube as well. Read more>>

Amara Shanks

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, whether it was of myself or others. I didn’t start taking photography seriously until my freshman year of high school. My first photography class was Photojournalism 1, and that class informed me about the basics of photography. Read more>>


I really started enjoying my youth until real life situations occurred going into my twenties and going through the lifestyle that I had to and the situations I was put in really made me the woman I am today and helped me mature a little quicker, with understanding of things on a more spiritual and blessed level. Read more>>

Makayla Foster

In November of 2015, a sophomore at Texas Southern University, I decided that I was tired of feeling like I was allowing myself to stay in the same place, both physically and mentally. I wanted to do more, even if it was something simple, and “more,” at the time, meant writing. Read more>>

Melissa Bolin

I have been an esthetician since 2007. I realized it was a passion of mine after working in a Dermatologists’ office. After graduation, I worked in many high-end spa’s throughout the metroplex. About 4 years ago, this time, I found myself needing to look for another job. Read more>>

Shanice Anderson

I’ve always had a interest in nails but was to afraid to step out and try it. About a year ago I told my husband I wanted to do nails. He was on board right away and pushed me to further that dream. I started off doing my own nails or just doing nails for free. It got to a point to where I really wanted to quit doing nails. Read more>>

Teresa Perkins

Teresa has proven to be a woman with vision, talent, and uncontested wisdom being a Chicago native her talent was evident, her family and friends relied on her insight for their real estate and interior design needs. After seeing that she had found her niche and knew that her dream could be realized. Read more>>

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