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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.

Mia Jeray’ Domino

After assisting a friend that was a makeup artist at a wedding, I had this AHA moment of “I can do this” and that is when I started buying all the makeup I could get my hands on and asking everybody and anybody to let me play on their face. After getting laid off from my corporate job and having to make the side hustle of Makeup Artistry. Read more>>

Meridith Manning

I have always been a curious person. That, combined with a love of writing and public speaking (not to mention a fascination with journalists like Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer) I started my career path as a journalist. Though I originally planned to go the route of on-air television reporter, an internship at ABC NEWS (with Diane Sawyer!). Read more>>

Trish Bernard

I was working in corporate finance and loved working with people but didn’t love the politics of it or my impact as a person working in that field. I wanted more for myself and future family. So I decided to pick up a side hustle as a wedding officiant! Oh my goodness, I fell in love and not just with the extra cash but with all of the couples and their love stories. Read more>>

Lexi Jesme

I have been in love and obsessed with babies. I always played house as a little girl growing up, I started babysitting as early as I could, volunteered to do church nursery with my mom, continued church nursery for eight more years, and I still babysit any chance I get! Babies are chunky, fun, adorable, innocent, and oh so cuddly and lovable! I’ve always had a passion for babies and it’s never fizzled out. Read more>>

Becky Nelson

Phase 1: Creating a concept combining my passion for food and baking occurred in 2012 when I launched Le Gourmet Valet.  Baked treats, gourmet gifts and gift meals were initially sold out of my home. My mission included promoting kindness, thoughtfulness and the notion of treating others as you would like to be treated… a.k.a. The Golden Rule. Read more>>

Bridgette Ann Taylor

I am blessed to serve and wear many hats ranging from Banking Center Manager Vice President leading two branches to success to sitting on the Boardfor the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and cyclist because of the amazing MeatFight organization; but the title I cherish most as the God-fearing woman I am is Founder and President of TaylorCares. Read more>>

Emily Green

Emilime has been partnering with artisan entrepreneurs in Peru for the past ten years. We are committed to ethical production practices and sourcing sustainable materials. Our pieces feature exploration in texture and stitches, using primarily alpaca wool. A luxurious, soft and hypoallergenic yarn, alpaca is known as “The Fiber of the Gods.” Read more>>

Christina Finch

I first became interested in Photography in 2011. I was always told I could never make a career out of Photography, so I tried out other things like Kinesiology. I studied at a local community college where I was gifted a Canon tRebel3 camera. I soon discovered I loved photography and it was the path I had to follow. From that point, everything was self-taught. Read more>>

Belen Gomez

My family is a huge part of why I got started in this industry. It started as a little kid seeing my mom cut my families hair, and always asking if I can try it next. I just knew I wanted to do something that had to do with hair and makeup. Read more>>

Rhlonda Washington

I am a native of St. Louis, Mo; born and raised. I started my journey as a professional hairstylist; which I absolutely loved. However, after of few years in the industry, I decided I wanted a change and took a job in the corporate world. I began working at one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies (AT&T). The experience was great and rewarding. Read more>>

Amanda Kay Myers

I’m the owner of Photos by Mkay wedding photography business. My passion is to capture the romantic and sentimental moments in life for couples all across Texas. I’ve been a photographer for over three years now, shooting everything from fashion to babies. It all started when I was a glamour model for several years. Read more>>

Allison MacNealy

My mom tells a story about me as a little girl that whenever she would go out to dinner or to an event, I’d always be waiting at the door, dying to know all the details. What food was served, what did they drink, how was the music, did anything funny happen, what were people wearing, I wanted specifics! And honestly, I’m still the same way. Read more>>

Dynay John

I’m a 25 years old mom born and raised in Houston, Texas. I currently work at a dental office, but I’m currently in school to pursue a career as a physical therapist. I started my online blog for moms in hopes to be the motivation we all need at times. The days we feel tired, the days we feel weak, I hope moms will be able to count on my blog to be the support they need. Read more>>

Juleeta Harvey

Growing up, I believed that skinny was pretty. And that everything else was unattractive. Unworthy. Meant to be criticized. I believed girls and women should diet if they looked a certain way. My Southern grandmother fed that idea to her daughters, and we heard our mothers speak. Read more>>

Shruti Babu

Monday October 16, is a day I’ll never forget. I went to take a shower that night and felt something unusual. I felt something like a rock in my left breast. My first thought was… that’s odd but it’s probably dried up breast milk? Who knows if that’s even a thing. The next morning I called my gynecologist who got me an appt right away and she confirmed she felt something as well. Read more>>

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