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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.

Cynthia Smoot

Initially, the site was more of a “Mommy blog” talking about my life as a working Mom in Dallas and spotlighting the places and events my family experienced around town. Over the years, the website has morphed into a lifestyle blog and now features the “hottest events and coolest people in Dallas”. Read more>>

Anna Kalita

My advice to everyone seeking to make a change is – don’t be scared to change your life completely. Do not allow the fear of the “unknown tomorrow” to hinder you from discovering and exploring that thing you are so passionate about but just too afraid to face it. Be courageous, go for it and don’t keep it waiting. Read more>>

Abi Ferrin

Abi has a passion for empowering women and has been doing so through her eponymous clothing line for years. As a fashion designer, she has had a perfect platform to inspire women and as a philanthropist, she created her company to support women while dressing them. Read more>>

Sarah Janece Garcia

Sarah is an artist in Dallas, TX. She works primarily in watercolor to create unique wildlife portraits and nature-inspired paintings. Sarah’s work is influenced by her passion for art, attraction to color, and love for nature’s beauty. Read more>>

Kelly Redmond

I’ve always loved makeup and making people feel and look beautiful but I never thought of it as a career option until I started doing makeup for my friend’s special occasions. The better I got and the more my awesome friends encouraged me, the more I wanted makeup to be my full-time job! Now, I’m working to make that a reality. Read more>>

Tavia Whitlowe

I was still working a corporate job so doing makeup was really just a hobby. Something I did on the weekends. However, corporate laid me off in 2016 and I made up in my mind, I wanted to take on my business full time. Read more>>

Megan Nguyen

After I graduated from Empire, I did a lot of test shoots to build my portfolio and also started booking work for various types of shoots. I also went to school for cosmetology and earned my license. Later on, I moved to Dallas for personal reasons and had to rebuild my professional network. Read more>>

Crystal Ragland

On one particular trip to the Pacific Northwest, I was sharing some of my travels with an AirBnB host and she encouraged me to write a travel blog. I’d been sharing my food and travel experiences with friends for years, so I thought I would expand that definition of “friends” and start a food and travel blog, Travel and Table! Read more>>

Chelli Johnson

I’m a designer, creative director and content creator from Dallas who enjoys making magic and co-creating with likeminded individuals. I am passionate about following the path of my greatest joy and helping others follow theirs. Throughout the years, I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. Following the status quo has never been the right route for me. Read more>>

Whitney Stuart

I got unexpectedly sick. Medication made me sicker. I quit them all and begun a holistic whole-foods route to find healing and ultimately, food freedom! Then, I studied my butt off so, I could share what I found with others. Two degrees and 6 years later, I now spend 90% of my day encouraging, educating and promoting the basic holistic practices that most of America has forgotten and deprioritized. Read more>>

Vanna Collins

Well, I’ve always been physically active thanks to my pops. But in college, I was forced to take a pilates class. I enjoyed it but fell in love with the spirituality of yoga. What it does for the mind, body + soul. There was a period in my life that, I was in a very unhealthy relationship and the practice of yoga helped me persevere. Read more>>

Susie Burkybile

I started off out of college with a BFA in Dance. I have a wide range of experience with dance from everything from pointe, jazz, tap, ballet folkrorico, clogging, flamenco, Irish step dancing, modern dance and musical theater. Read more>>

Ruth Salinas Rodriguez

It all started as just something I wanted to get my mind off thing. We had a lost pregnancy and I needed to get my mind of the hurt and pain I wasn’t in. So, I picked up crochet, started sewing and crafts. This became my therapy. My way to express myself and heal from my our lost. We have a beautiful daughter named Kayleen Ariana and she is the idea machine. Read more>>

Roxy Beaudet

Funnily enough, The Jetset Beaudets was inspired, in part, by a spam message. About two years ago, I had received an email offer to subscribe to a monthly subscription box that promised to send me a collection of food items from a particular country every month. Read more>>

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