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Trailblazers: East 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 East Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Fabiola Torres

My family began to notice my work and would ask me to make invitations for their events. I then started baking and decorating cakes for my family events as well and again was receiving cake orders which eventually led to more clients. I did this most of my teenage years and after high school, I began my makeup journey. Read more>>

Breauna Nichole

I have learned how much joy comes when you surrender what you have in mind and allow God to direct His plan for your life. I am passionate about people and telling narratives. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mass Communications, where I began my journey of storytelling. Read more>>

Christin Taylor

You learn very quickly, that no, you’re not born flexible and yes, it takes time to gain the strength to lift yourself. You also learn everybody is different. Some women are stronger, while others are pretzels. And in time, you can be both. Also, fluidity in movement is hard. You have to trust your body and your mind to work together so you can focus on making it pretty. Read more>>

Melissa Delgado

My first job was an at a full-service salon as a stylist at the age of seventeen. I was terminated after two weeks of employment. I was devastated since this was the first time I was employed after I finished hair school. Since that experience, I had it set in my mind that I was not good enough for the hair industry. I gave up. Read more>>

Emily Lee

I received my first DSLR camera. Even though I only knew how to use the manual settings and couldn’t control the flash popping out (lol), I would regularly recruit my best friend to model for me in some abstract shots that I considered to be very high fashion, thank-you-very-much. From that, I discovered I also enjoy directing people into a pose or a vision I have in my mind. Read more>>

Melody Bishop

I used to work in the film industry in Los Angeles, CA. I decided cooking was my passion and changed careers after ten years in that industry. I then graduated from culinary school and went on to work in some of the top restaurants in LA paying my dues as a line cook and eventually Sous Chef and Chef. I have been working with Dennis Kelley since we met at Suzanne Goin & Caroline Styne’s restaurant, Tavern, in Los Angeles, CA. It’s at Tavern where we became immersed in making and packaging jams and sauces. Read more>>

Becki Howard

The further I get into the cancer process, the more grateful I am for my specific circumstance. I know without a doubt that the last three years of trial after trial are what led me to make the quick if a seemingly drastic, decision to get a “preventative” double mastectomy as soon as I found out I was BRCA2+. Which, of course, led to the incidental finding of the breast cancer I thought I was avoiding. Read more>>

Liz Navarro

As a self-titled “serial dabbler,” I’ve worked for magazines, national brands, and corporations. I’ve been an educator at private universities and inner-city high schools. I’ve realized that the skill guiding my every career move–whether writing, speaking, teaching or marketing–is an ability to effectively share my ideas in my authentic, unique voice. Read more>>

Velyncia Caldwell-Mallory

I am from a small town in Louisiana where the population is about 2000. When I was growing up there wasn’t many extracurricular activities for the youth. There were sports for the athletes and church. If you were in the 9th grade you could cheer or dance, but that was it. NO ARTS!! There was nothing for those uninterested in sports. In the 4th grade, I was finally able to join the local girl scout troop under the leadership of the infamous Travis Tene Gray and her daughter Theresa. Read more>>

Reivin Alexandria

I’ve always been a mystic and an artist. Growing up in Houma, Louisiana, which is south of New Orleans, nurtured my curiosity for the supernatural. After Hurricane Katrina, I was awarded a Questbridge scholarship in 2007 worth $250,000 to attend Oberlin College in Ohio. This experience changed my life. Read more>>

Renisha Howard

I know what it’s like to not have your mom around for those major life events.  Motherless Daughters Unite was created as a means to give back to that woman or young girl who may be going through the same or similar situation.  So here we are! Read more>>

Brittany Bloom Paden

October 2017 was when Bloom & Co. Events were born. It’s been a whirlwind since then in the best way. I’ve met amazing people, clients, and industry professionals alike, and it’s really been an incredible year. Read more>> 

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