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Trailblazers: Garland

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

Chelsea Anderson

I am Chelsea Anderson better known as “Chelsea Allure”. I’m from, (and also based out of), East Texas. My journey was one that was not planned. When I was in the 11th grade, my older cousin, (BJ Walzier of DFW & Tyler), decided that she wouldn’t service my hair any longer and that I had to learn on my own. Read more>>

Gisselle Rodriguez

It all started when I was nine years old and I developed an interest for acting. Then, at 11 years old, I uploaded my first YouTube video. Before uploading videos of myself, I created Club Penguin music videos, which are essential to my story because they taught me how to edit. Read more>>

Alexis Freed

My entire childhood I spent being overweight. From age 7-16 I was considered an obese child. Being bullied all throughout middle school and early in high school as well. My freshman year I weighed in at 280lbs, and was too big to even fit into the school desk. Read more>>

Kaira Baker

I’ve wanted to be a model for as long as I can remember. However, most of my life, I struggled to overcome my depression, anxiety and excessively low self-esteem. My dream of modeling seemed too far stretch. As I got older and the social media industry began to expand, I began to think what if. What if I could be a model, what if I was funny enough to be a YouTuber. Read more>>

Marcela Reyes

Do not compare yourself to other artists, this is your journey, so do it your way. It is also ok if you do not go to school to be an artist. You should also learn how to talk and write about your art, it is also helpful when you do not know what direction your work is taking. I also think it is important to either read, take classes, or watch videos about how to promote your art. Read more>>

Luciana Roberts

A few years later, I got married to a beautiful countryman who shared the same vision of God and home as I did. We bought 10 acres outside of Dallas and right away moved Holly out there with two new friends, Grace and Judah! Only a few months later, we were expecting, and my dreams began to brew. I was working as a vet tech and had a feeling life wouldn’t be complete with me spending too much time away from my daughter. Read more>>

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