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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.

Andrea McDonald

I started photography in 2012 shortly after losing my young sister to breast cancer. I was a teacher at the time and I was looking for distraction and it quickly became my passion without my permission. For an entire school year, I would teach during the day and do sessions in the evenings and on the weekends. I was burning the candle from both ends having three kids six and under and realized something had to give. I finally decided to go for it and go full time in photography. Read more>>

Tatum Talley

I grew up in a small town half an hour out of the heart of Fort Worth called Rhome, Texas. I can honestly say in high school, I had the ideal life. A full and happy beautiful family that has had so many blessings the Lord kindly graced us with. I hate this word now, but like truthfully was perfect. For over the past year and a half, I have been struggling through the stages of grief due to the tragic and unexpected death of my father Sean Talley. In March of 2017, our lives were forever changed. Read more>>

Jazmin Brooks

Well, I’ve always been creative. I love making things & expressing myself. In 2011, I began making jewelry because I wanted a pair of earrings that I saw on a reality show & couldn’t find them. So, I made a pair. I posted them on social media just to show off my skills & that same pair was sold to my very first customer who lived in St. Louis. I went on a hiatus for a few years & fast forward to 2015, Straight Outta Compton has just come out. Of course, I had to have a ‘Straight Outta FAMU’ (my Alma Mater) tee for our homecoming, so I got it made. Again, posting it on social media, orders began flooding in. Read more>>

Bre (Brianna) Williams

I was born in Okinawa, Japan and raised in Fort Worth, TX. Throughout my childhood, I dealt with bullying and subsequently, low self-esteem and poor self-image. I was often teased for both my weight and my voice. In high school, I met the teacher that changed my life. Ms. Bush introduced me to the art of debate and extemporaneous speaking. She was a radical sister that pushed and challenged me to confront past fears, low self-esteem and recognize the power in my voice. She taught me how to research, speak confidently and eloquently. I excelled at Speech & Debate (I thought I’d be an attorney!) and my love for speaking was born. After entering the world of pageantry, my opportunities to speak were amplified. Read more>>

Kristie Higgs

Almost a year ago, my marriage of seven years was coming to an end. During that time, I knew that I needed to start providing for myself and my small online personal training business wouldn’t be enough. Last November (2017), I was out walking with my dog and talking out loud to her. I remember saying, “Girl, we are going to have to hustle.” What I dreamed of doing was applying my degree in Exercise Science and years of nutritional and training education through a program that could be accessed anywhere in the world. I wanted to teach women how to regain self-confidence through an affordable program that wasn’t limited by location or age. This is where the idea of GirlHustle emerged. Read more>>

Kari Heron

I started as a food and lifestyle blog back in 2010. I had just moved to Dubai, married my friend and I wanted to find a way to merge our talents in a way that would be of entrepreneurial benefit. The financial crisis made it prudent. I was toying with the idea of a food blog from 2007 and it took three years to launch. The blog was only part of the business model, but it was the one most accessible to me at the time. Read more>>

Linsey Barta

Fitness has always been a part of my life, but I never really got into fashion growing up. My love for fashion came about a year ago after realizing I wanted to quit my full-time job, as it wasn’t making me happy or using my skills to the best of my ability. Read more>>

Sarah Coats

I started Beloved Paper after getting laid off from my job in graphic design and deciding to start out on my own creating the art that I loved. The first few years Beloved Paper was more of a ‘hobby-business’ which gave me the freedom to stay home with my new baby and have a creative outlet designing wedding invitations. Read more>>

Michael Valdez

I was influenced by other known creatives from Instagram, and told myself that I wanted to create art that would not only capture viewer’s attention, but also evoke their emotions through my photography as well. That was my goal that I aimed to achieve and although it’s been a year, I feel as though I barely scratched the surface of that goal. Read more>>


Ashley thoroughly loved bringing clients visions to life, but as the years went past it was obvious that she had a nack decorating homes as well and she was hooked. She enjoyed re-designing spaces and homes. Read more>>

Brooklyn McIntosh

My first hat was bright yellow, (infact he had me do the yellow one so incase I messed it up it would be no big deal, who wants a yellow hat right?!) I called it big bird and after noticing it needed to be toned down I got out the torch and distressed it with fire. Read more>>

Chastity Beene

I started my blogging journey 6 years ago. At the time, my husband and I were saving up to buy a piece of land and wanting to become cowboys, so I decided to start a blog to document that journey and share our outdoor adventures. But in 2016 my husband suddenly passed away. Read more>>

Brianna Collazo

The Reason why I started this industrial of becoming a blogger was because back in my teenage life you can say when I started my 6th grade on forward to high school I was a victim of bulling. I was so close minded that I would let that put me down and think the worse of myself. Read more>>

Mallory Isbell

Every single day of my high school career I remember someone making some type of fun of what I was wearing. I always used to tell people “you’ll see when I make it someday”. I eventually realized that I didn’t care what anyone thinks because I’m going to do whatever it takes to make it in the fashion industry. Read more>>

Caroline Phillips

I have always had a passion for style and fashion, as well as photography and writing. Blogging was a newer thing when I was in college, and I loved following some local DFW girls and decided (after 2 years of contemplation) to start my own. Read more>>

Carrie Boman

In my two years at my salon I’ve expanded my knowledge of hair color, cutting, hair extensions and even bridal/event styling. I’m thankful that I can honestly say that I enjoy going to work each day and that I found my passion in helping people feel their very best. Read more>>

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