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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.

Kaylee Carmichael

Working in the beauty industry officially began a little over 2 years ago for me, but I feel as if so much of my life has led me to this incredible career. When I was about about 20 years old, makeup began to take over the internet in ways that it never had before. Read more>>

Veronica Young

I loved live bands, and solo guitarists, singer/songwriters. It was a big part of my life growing up. Hungover With V was my sort of fun, tongue and cheek idea created to promote the things I love in my city. So we launched a show on the internet. To our surprise, mostly to mine, the show just worked. Read more>>

Shonda Whisenhunt|

I finished college and began working my first “grown up job”. After about a year, I took a leave briefly to go to graduate school. Once I finished, I returned to my position at the company. I was promoted shortly thereafter which put me into the long-term career I believed I truly wanted. Read more>>

Maria Vinson

I can humbly say that God’s plans are amazing. After several roles, I now manage our regional procurement within the same company and I’m now just happily married to the love of my life. Read more>>

Allison Bonifay

I love that on top of being really well-made, these old pieces have a story to tell. I handpick every item and always try to find out if they have a unique background or origin. I look for retro pieces that can bring some funk and history into your home at affordable prices. Read more>>

Ami Pitre

I attended hair school in Carrollton, Texas at Toni and Guy and immediately started working at a hot salon right in the heart of Dallas. Naturally a lot of my clients were friends from back home who made the drive to support me and many of them would send referrals. Read more>>

DeVonn Coleman

I love style and always will. I define style as an expression. I believe that you can rock whatever it is you feel as long as it feels good! I don’t really follow any rules when it comes to fashion. Many people focus on trends, certain this certain that, you can’t wear this right now or that. Read more>>

Kimberly Turcios

Through these moments of ‘firsts’ and ‘mommy’ related posts, I found a community of moms through Instagram that I felt I could relate to and I could ask for advice. Through Instagram, I’ve made friendships and in a sense, I feel like I’ve found myself. Read more>>

Camie Scott

It all started long, long ago. In a town 45 minutes south of Dallas called Midlothian. I’ve been a creative type for mostly all of my 28 years. Drawing was the beginning of it. Now you will find me painting everything I can get my hands on. Read more>>

Stephanie Johnson

I have been a licensed hairdresser in the state of Texas for five years now. In the scope of my life – at, now, 45 years of age – that is not a long time as a hairdresser. Truth be told, most of my life was in the business of media. I have been a journalist and sports writer followed by morning drive radio co-host. Read more>>

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