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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.

Anchita Tandon

I would take photos of flowers, roads, trees, lamps and go back home and edit them on Canva while adding music lyrics to them. These photographs would then become my laptop screensavers. I would change it daily to a new photograph with lyrics to inspire me to do my best for the day and motivate me to survive the day calmly. Read more>>

CaMisha Denton

Honestly, I can say with any business things will not come easy. You will have some very great months and then you’ll have some slow ones. I advice to never give up or feel down even when times get hard, always stay focus, network and promote yourself constantly. Read more>

Asia Allen

As I began to do my research, I discovered that the standards of beauty set forth by society had morphed into something entirely different than what I had remembered. Not only plus size, but acceptance of all things different was now in demand. Read more>>

Malloree Gray

Because of the hustle & bustle that comes with starting a family & also working, I let the blog fall by the waist side as I struggled to balance all that I had on my plate at the time. I used Instagram & social media as a sort of a “vocal platform,” if you will, & many people encouraged me to start blogging again. I put it off for a while, around 1-2 years because I struggled with what to speak about. Read more>>

Lauryn Henry

About a year ago I decided to finally jump in and start my blog and I am so glad I did. It’s definitely not easy, but it’s such a rewarding hobby and it has allowed me to meet incredible women and work with some amazing brands! My ultimate goal is to be a positive role model for women everywhere. Read more>>

Airika Nicole

A lot of times, when we read about people or see their Instagrams, we assume they have these amazing social skills and that’s why they do what they do. More often than not, that’s not really how it is. I’ve learned that people tend to think they are more alone and have singular issues. I don’t want to be one of those people. I want to share my story and I hope that whoever needs to hear it, will feel less alone. Read more>>

Sierra McGee

I worked in social media and e-commerce photography for local businesses after college but I got extremely depressed and anxious. I began photographing mine and my friend’s dogs as a way to pull myself out of my depression. This led me to a job as a photographer for Chewy.com. Now, I get to play with puppies during my 9-5 and on my off time, I have the freedom to whatever creative project I want. Read more>>

Tahara Gooden

briefly of what I do, I’m a 26-year-old YouTuber, Videographer, and Photographer. My YouTube is Taharaslounge where I shoot personal videos of myself and sometimes, friends and family for seven years. I run my photography business Tahara Gooden Photography, also I run my videography business TGFilmz, #youseeit! A little bit about my story is I was born in Charleston Sc, moved to New Orleans La, where I lived off and on till 2005. After Katrina in 2005, I moved to Dallas Fort Worth area. Read more>>

Aanchal Jain

Fashion Designer, Baker & Marketing Manager by choice and by profession. And now I can say a Travel & Fashion Blogger too 🙂 Since my childhood days, I have always loved to sketch and create different mediums of art. Consequently, it led me to the world of fashion. I graduated in Fashion Design and while I was in my 2nd year in 2012, I started with my own label- “Pastels by Aanchal” I came to Dallas after getting married to the love of my humble life Akhil and it’s been 4 marvelous and adventurous years. Since I was new in Dallas with barely any work to do, I started to explore the kitchen tales. Read more>>

Halley Netsch

Our mission is highlighting the strength, the courage, the hope and the joy in those everyday moments. We hope to strengthen the community of women who are mothers, support each other in our efforts, and have a positive effect on the way the world looks at motherhood. Read more>>

Becky Branch

I started a blog called The Java Mama almost 13 years ago. This was before Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest mind you. I am originally from Arkansas, so I started my website as a way to keep family and friends updated after we moved to Texas in 2007. Read more>>

Brittanie Duruaku

I’ve always had a unique interest in diverse cultures, music, and dance. Growing up in a musical family, my Father was a professional musician, and because of that, my family moved around a lot. I was born in small town Danville Virginia. Read more>>

Candice Holmes

My story is like anyone who has had to experience a dark valley but by the grace of God not only made it through but grew during the process. I was the child who grew up in a home where I didn’t have my father or mother as my guardians. Read more>>

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