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Trailblazers: Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Amy Bennett

I always had a dream. A dream to create something that no one else has ever made before – a dream to become an inventor. I had another dream – a dream to open a shop. Both of those dreams were realized when I created an Instant Pot Removable Wrap and opened my own website! Read more>>

Maritza Herrera

I would do my friends makeup before class or during class. My teachers hated it, lol. My passion for it grew more in high school. After high school, I kept practicing on friends and family and posted my work on social media. That’s when more people began contacting me for makeup appointments and I’ve freelanced ever since. Read more>>

Ciara Porter

I’ve always been crafty, but no one mentions the stressful pressure of kid’s birthday parties. My son’s first birthday party showed me exactly how unprepared I was especially with Pinterest-inspired birthday parties in comparison. But it did spark my creativity. So, I started planning for his September 2nd birthday party, in June. Read more>> 

Nikita Bantey

Every time I saw pictures that my friends paid hundreds for, the photos always didn’t seem worth the cost. The breaking point, however, was my own prom. After getting ready for hours, my friends and I pitched in for a photographer, and when we got the results of our pre-prom photo shoot I was simply not pleased. Read more>>

Rosalia Nava

I’ve always been someone who loves being creative but I got into lettering and calligraphy in 2016. I would get home after work, practice my lettering and start painting canvases with quotes to gift to family and friends. A couple of my friends started asking me to sell them the canvases and although I hesitated at first, I started selling them locally. Read more>>

Myrnamelie Ortiz

I have a passion for dogs, fashion, coffee, and makeup. I wouldn’t consider myself a regular blogger. I Will obtain my bachelor’s degree this May from the University of North Texas in Broadcast. I have a passion for digital content and news. I hope to inspire others via social media how to style an outfit or how to live happily. My life is not perfect and I love to share my real side on Instagram. Read more>>

Jayla The Muse

I always heard I should take up modeling, but I didn’t believe I had the beauty or the creativity for that so I would always brush it off. Two years ago I was at rock bottom and needed to pull myself out of a funk, so I went to a casting call for models thinking why not. And that was the start of my modeling. Read more>>

Marcy Calland

I was a young single mother who found the flexibility and creativity of this career invaluable. I was able to excel in my work and family life, so I grew my business by word of mouth and building a rapport with salons and business owners. I did a TON of charity and unpaid work to build trust and gain clientele. Read more>>

Ivon Jimenez

I was amazed and curious to see what makeup could do; the application, the process, the before and after of it all. I remember I would sit and stare at my mom and my aunt as they stood by the mirror applying mascara and lipstick. For many years, I suffered from low self-esteem due to my physical appearance. Read more>>

Rachel Miller

Went to college, loved people – watched to “game” popularity… made studying people a science, got popular. Got a degree in social studies. Graduated, started working for $9 an hour at a call center – convincing people not to cancel their service. Loved talking to people. Loved the job. Read more>>

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