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.
My journey begins at a low point – when I was sexually assaulted last year. I advocated fiercely for myself and for justice, but ultimately the hospital and law enforcement agency where the assault happened, failed me. It took several months for the criminal investigation. There were many, many aspects of the entire process of which I was unaware. Read more>>
Bissera (Bissy) Nitchovska, MS LPC NCC
While I believe my journey started at a much younger age, I would have to start with my parents immigrating to the United States about 20 years ago. I was born and raised in Bulgaria and moved here with my parents and brother at age 16… possibly the worst age for a major major move across the world (I made it through no worries). Read more>>
My journey started in May of 2016. I was laid off from work and didn’t know at the time, I was depressed. I had a craving for banana pudding. I wanted a different way of making it, so that prompted me to get in the kitchen and figure some things out. I called one of my sisters over and she took some for work the next day. Read more>>
I knew I needed to be in control of my success at this point also. I had to be real with myself and really ask what it meant to ME to be successful. I enrolled in cosmetology school. This time, I was going to choose passion over security and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. Read more>>
I have always had a love for calligraphy and design. It all started because I was looking for a creative way to spend time with the Lord- it went from Bible journaling, making wooden signs, shirts, koozies, and finally to mats. Which all lead me back for my love for graphic design and calligraphy, and now also illustration. Read more>>
It is super important to stay self-motivated and be your own biggest fan. You will sometimes lack support so you have to be your own support. Consistency, organization, self-belief, discipline, and focus are your biggest tools. Be a boss, but still embrace your femininity. Stay in your power and hold tight to it no matter what. Read more>>
Cecilia M. Acevedo
I stayed in the relationship because I was trying to hold on to the fairy tale little girls from a “broken home” used to dream about; A mother, father, their children a beautiful home with a white picket fence living the dream. After two years of emotional abuse, I worked up the courage to finally break the cycle and leave. Read more>>
I have always wanted to look my best. I touched my first eyeshadow palette in 2008. My aunt used to sell Avon cosmetics and I would order from her all the time. I would practice putting on makeup and each time I did it, I found out more ways to perfect it. the rest was history. My skills became better and better throughout the years. Read more>
I am a true believer in following your dreams, so my advice to anyone thinking about pursuing a different career or starting their journey is to do just that, START! Nothing worth having will come easy, but the moment you start, you’ll be one step closer than you were yesterday. Have courage and be kind. Read more>>
After working in a commission based salon for six years, it was time for me to take the next step in my career and become an independent stylist. I’ve been giving independent cutting classes as well and I hope to move my career in that direction! Read more>>
I specialize in blonding and balayage, but I do get lucky enough to do fashion colors every once in a while! Hair plays such an essential role in your overall look and self-esteem, it’s so important to feel the most you! I’m proud that my clients feel comfortable, attended to, and most importantly- beautiful. Read more>>
The first time I cut someone’s hair was in 2008 I think. I intently watched my hairstylist every time she would cut my hair to figure out what she was doing. I found a straight razor and decided to try it on my own hair. After giving it a go on myself and my friends, I knew that I wanted to be a hairstylist. Read more>>