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Trailblazers: Irving

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

Micaela “Mickey” Elizondo

I started my shop with the goal of celebrating Texas, its talented makers: artisans, small business owners with an extra focus on women-owned shops. And the way I set out to do this was by creating Cool Beans Boxes filled with hand-crafted, artisan-made goods to highlight and showcase the awesome work of the makers. Because Texas Maker Rock! Read more>>

Isha Gaines

Starting the newspaper, fueled my passion for writing and managing creative teams. Joining the yearbook design team and becoming a campus photographer set me up good! The passion was lit and now I had the software I needed to move forward. Read more>>

Susana Romo

Thansk to God and my family’s support I’ve been working on my own for 2 years now. Always continuing to grow professionally by attending various classes to learn new techniques in the field it is always important to keep learning and continue to grow by acquiring more knowledge and experience. Read more>>

Nayra Martinez

Now I am a licensed nail tech going on to 3 Years. Have my own studio In Las Colinas in Irving Tx, & I love doing Nails. I now have expanded my self to Beginner/ Intermediate Hands On workshop just started my journey and I love teaching other my technique behind every set I create. Read more>>

Erica Murphy and Shelby Cummings

We met each other at our job in May of 2015 and became fast friends. We travel together, hang out together, and if you see one of us, you’re bound to see the other. Through bonding, we came to find that we have similar aspirations in life to do something with media and TV. Read more>>

Samantha West

The Samantha West has been a culmination of thoughts in my head for years now that I wasn’t able to pull together as one until now. Over the course of the last couple of years I’ve experienced what has finally felt like “real life” for me. Read more>>

Ashley Watson

My first eyeshadow pallet at the age of 12 was when my addiction started. When I was in grade school I would zone out and stare and my teacher and give them a full makeover in my head…not because they were ugly, but because I have always wanted people to live to their best beauty potential. Read more>>

Alexxa Rivas-Villafañe

I’ve worked in a hair salon since the age of 17 as a shampooist while shadowing my boss, observing and learning what she knows. For high school homecomings and proms I would get asked to do the girls makeup so I definitely didn’t turn that down. Read more>>

Rita Mireles

These are small (or big) blocks of wood that are painted with YOU in mind. I want it to move you, speak to you, speak about you, etc. I love to make signs personalized to the individual even if it has a taco or pelican on it 🙂 It’s what makes you, YOU! Read more>>

Sanna Khoja

Peoples inquiries became more frequent after I got married, as they wanted to know about my wedding outfits and other wedding related details. This gave me an idea and an opportunity. Read more>>

Melissa Rodriguez

I got my Esthetician license in 2015 and I spent several years freelancing as a makeup artist before stepping into a salon. I took a leap of faith to venture off on my own, and I will admit I experienced some of my toughest times in my journey until I finally found a place to call my own. Read more>>

Kelley Barnes

My appreciation for the art of both Fashion and Style is unprecedented, unwavering, and unending — that’s why I founded The Style Barn. My blog is a direct representation of who I am, in terms of style. It’s been six years of no gimmicks; no rules, just adulterated love for evolving, creating, and fun! Read more>>

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