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Trailblazers: Central Dallas

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 Central Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kellye Stephens

I have always been a beauty and skincare fanatic! I learned at an early age that your skin is an investment. Growing up, I’ve tried it all. I started to take notice of how there were so many options, yet still not enough. Eventually, I got to the point where my intrigue went beyond which product to buy, and instead, how can I create my product. Besides, who should know my skin better than me. Read more>>

Meriem Monroe

I am the youngest of five daughters of my parents, Marian and Walter Stewart. My journey in Texas was initiated by my willingness to step out on faith and leave what was familiar and comforting. Taking that leap of faith by moving to Texas has given me immeasurable blessings specifically my addiction to mission trips. Read more>>

Fernanda Arduini

I am Brazilian and living in Dallas for 18 months due to the work of my husband, Brazilian jiu-jitsu head coach and fighter from Octagon MMA in Uptown, Dallas. I have always been an entrepreneur in Brazil and our family is very connected to a healthy lifestyle. I’m the only vegetarian in the house but the four of us, my husband and our kids, Kayan (12) and Enzo (4) love sports, healthy eating, and nature. Read more>>

Laurel Kinney

I met a woman who agreed to mentor me, and I started my styling business soon after. I realized that working with men and women around issues of style and identity gave me the meaningful connection I craved without the emotional intensity of practicing social work. It took about four years of struggle, questioning, learning, and faith to take my personal styling business full-time, but I haven’t ever looked back since. Read more>>

Crystal Lynne

As a kid I was super active; sports, gymnastics, competitive dance and ballet kept me busy most days of the week. I was accustomed to competing, winning. The thrill of it all. Fast forward to my late twenties and finding Yoga about one month following my 28th birthday in February 2017. My personal yoga practice began with meditation. Read more>>

Feli Aguilar

I was born and raised in Dallas and am a wife and mother to two amazing kids. I guess you could say that I have always been an artist at heart. As a young girl, I would watch my grandmother and mother sew, using their creativity in putting beautiful quilts together. I wanted to be like them. I tried my hand at sewing, painted and drew occasionally. Read more>>

Irina Pizzurro

I tried working for as many different people as I could; freelancing, working seasonally, and working for myself. I just wanted to learn as much as possible. A few years in, I took some courses offered at Austin Community College on floral design because I wanted to learn about the aspects of design I hadn’t really had a chance to do… mainly funeral work. Read more>>

Nayirah Antunez

I always knew I wanted a career that helped people. Having lived in Fort Worth most of my life and then making the move to Dallas, I realized that Dallas is faster paced while Fort Worth prides itself on taking it slow. I adapted quickly and began working as a live in housekeeper/personal assistant for a multi-business owner. Read more>>

Chasidy Alvarez

I don’t have the normal story of holding a camera when I was young or since I could remember.. I started my photography journey when my son was born in 2014. I wanted to capture every moment and cell phone images just weren’t what I wanted. I dove in and learned as much as I could and took classes to help get me where I am today. Read more>>

LaKrystal Anderson

I started my nail career 13 years ago while living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I attended a black-owned and operated nail school in Norfolk, Virginia, called a mirror image nail technology academy.  My journey as a nail artist has not been easy however is been very worth it. From personal battles with mental illness (anxiety and depression) to experiencing discrimination and self-doubt, to finding my path as a nail artist. Read more>>

Bree Binder-Sudbury

I’m a veteran of creating and managing digital content and work to build relationships with organizations and individuals. Having grown up in Los Angeles, I came to Dallas as soon as I could. While attending the University of Texas – Arlington, I supported myself by working at Advertising agencies, Public Relations firms, and Political campaigns. Read more>>

Julie Applegate

My work is to empower other women. We live in such a competitive world that as women we criticize one another when instead we need to be connecting with one another. Being a personal trainer, I’m in a position to meet women in a very vulnerable spot. Discussing our bodies and it’s so-called imperfections is uncomfortable stuff. Read more>>

Aisha Chaudhri

It all started with me getting married and moving out to NJ. My sister would call me almost daily asking me about how to do certain makeup ie. smokey eye or how to get the perfect liquid liner. After a couple of months of this happening, I thought let’s make a YouTube channel that she can just go and watch as many times as she needs to learn. Read more>>

Kesha Austin

Kesha Austin is a lover of Christ, Mom, Wife, Women’s Empowerment Life Coach, Author & Speaker. Being that she experienced the life-altering occurrences first hand- domestic violence, being a single mom & homeless. She is committed to improving the lives of other women. Her coaching Strategy ignites the unique power that enables women to excel beyond scarcity, limiting beliefs & procrastination. Read more>>

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