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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.


Instead of focusing on just design and photography, I help brands reflect ideal audience by creating a visual strategy that attracts them. These brands break rules and become leaders in their industry, creating brand loyalists as faithful as the Beyhive. Read more>>

Asha Phillips

I set my intention on taking the time to really understand who I was. Over the next 4 years, I made sure to experience as many new experiences as I could. I traveled, awkwardly attended tons of networking events, earned my Masters in Counseling, and rediscovered yoga. Read more>>

Beka Larsen

When I was a teacher, I was given the job of Yearbook Instructor even though I had no idea what I was doing and wasn’t provided a camera. I remember feeling so lost in purchasing a camera for myself out of necessity instead of love of the art or love of the gear. Read more>>

Veronica Cardenas-Aguilar

I had originally been interested in hair and makeup and especially brows since high school. I did a semester of college and decided it wasn’t for me, and enrolled in Beauty School. I graduated in 2013 and got licensed in 2014. Read more>>

Samiya Hossain

It all started when I would wear a teal eyeliner back in high school and I started to get more creative with my makeup in high school. Then as soon as college was nearly over for me I started posting my makeup looks on Instagram to inspire people to step out of their comfort zone. Read more>>

Jackie Swain

I have always had a deep passion for all things old and all things that tell a story. My grandmother and parents have always been treasure hunters and collectors. My grandmother gave me my first vintage purse and that was the true beginning of my story. Read more>>

Luz Pinilla

I had the honor of being guided by dedicated, creative, and compassionate educators who encouraged me to explore and grow in my craft while challenging me to meet and surpass their expectations. Their influence on me was so great that it led me to eventually step into their shoes and become an educator myself. Read more>>

Alli Clements

I’ve always been a multi-passionate person and I love the experiences and the art of learning. Those passions manifest themselves in my life in a variety of ways: I’m a second-language Spanish speaker; I love to travel (especially to Spanish-speaking countries); Read more>>

Lydia Gomez

Weight lifting became MY thing, I was actually good at something. Through out the years I continued to work hard for the body I wanted, I expanded my knowledge by doing research and was able to create my own style of training that fit me personally. Read more>>

Cratina Webb

This love I have for the hair industry started when I was forming in my mother’s womb. My mother is a cosmetologist as well, this is where the love stemmed from. I am a second-generation cosmetologist, and I’m highly motivated and outgoing. Read more>>

Brittany Hardin

I started baking pies about 7 years ago. I called my grandmother, who is probably one of the best bakers I have ever known and asked her to come to my house and tech me. She came over and spent the whole day with me and we made a lemon meringue pie from crust to meringue. Read more>>

Felice Grob

I never let go of hope because now more then ever it’s important to keep busy and maintain income due to the loss of all our health benefits when he lost his job this past October which is much needed to keep my husband healthy and employed. Read more>>

Shola Ophelia

I started singing around the age of 7 or 8 and the music that was played in my household influenced my R&B sound that I created today. Artists like Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Destiny’s Child, India Arie, Joss Stone, Whitney Houston and more. Read more>>

Sandra Munoz

I was always obsessed with makeup and started at a really young age. My dads family is into art. So, besides drawing and painting, I would use makeup and be creative with it. Read more>>

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