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.
Efgen “Effy” Mijana
I wanted to spend my money in a place that actually wanted me there. I started hanging out in Deep Ellum more and liked the vibes of the neighborhood, but I wanted to create an event that I would enjoy going to. Something where the main goal was to network and just have fun. Somewhere you could mingle with people, have some drinks, and enjoy good music. Read more>>
Erin Prather Stafford
In the early 2000s, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the SXSW Film Festival. During that time, I became close friends with a woman, Kelcey Edwards, who is a filmmaker. A few years later, she had teamed up with another filmmaker, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, to create a documentary about Wonder Woman. Read more>>
I am a Dallas based Photographer, originally from Monterrey, Mexico. My love for photography began when my parents gifted me my very first camera. It was an old film camera and I spent countless hours developing film. This was my first introduction to the world of Photography. Read more>>
I have been a local five & dime duchess for as long as I can remember and I love nothing more than sharing my loot with other humans that were cut from the same cloth. When I was a little girl, I can think back on always wanting to be innovative when it came to my style. I would cut holes in overalls and stitch other material in certain areas to add character. Read more>>
Tracy states that it’s important to know that success requires hard work and dedication. Challenges will come and problems are certain to arise but having faith and self-confidence coupled with solid mentors and knowledge base will greatly impact one’s success. Planning is imperative. Read more>>
That started my passion to travel around in search of the local scene, so I could let the world know “hey DFW is a music scene!” So, I started recording and taking pictures to post and share I wanted everyone to hear this beautiful thing that is happening right here in our own backyard. Read more>>
This whole idea of being an influencer kind of snowballed into me wanting to create an online women’s boutique. I am truly a creative at heart and did not realize how passionate I was about creating and growing a brand until I started doing it. Read more>>
Making sure you are setting a good example for your kids and providing for them as well. I have a stepdaughter and a 4-month-old baby girl and being a mom first then my career is a struggle but I use my faith to hold me up and my amazing fiancé to support. Read more>>
Each time I get a nasty, negative comment, I know two things: I’m reaching a bigger audience and that person took time out of their day to help me reach even more people AND to tell me about themselves. Whenever there’s negativity online, rest assured that it’s always about the person commenting and never about the blog post. Read more>>
Magickal Lady Duchess
My Mother was a Practitioner that raised me and taught me this craft, I am honored for the gift of reading oracles and tarot readings. I have healed the hearts of many and also mended marriages as well as other things, I love Hoodoo and Voodoo as a way of life. Read more>>
It’s an awful feeling to work soo hard and people ignore your accomplishments on purpose. My advice for young women that are starting their journey is to remain humble, know your worth, demand respect and learn when to walk away. Read more>>