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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.

Jesse Spradlin

My musical story starts with my family. My father a blues guitarist and recording artist (he was recently inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame), my mother a church singer/performer, they had five loud, expressive kids of which I am the fourth. Read more>>

Author Tasha Hutchison

I am a published writer under my maiden name, Tasha Wright. My genre of choice is romance. Growing up, my mom and I would read together every night. One day I mentioned to my mom that I could write too, and her reply was, show me.” Read more>>

Pia Pulido

Together with my husband music producer Michael Pulido, we released our first children’s book Blue Dragonfly in the Irving community to develop and enhance our creative arts program for early childhood education in 2007. Read more>>

Demekia Biscoe

My journey as an educator started out as a way for me to get away from the confines of my small little East Texas town. I answered an ad in the newspaper for teachers in Dallas. Read more>>

Estefania Smee

The fact that I can reach so many people and not only make them feel beautiful, but to remind them that they are loved, accepted, that they are enough and beautiful, with or without makeup. That sets my soul on fire! Read more>>

Jill Kunkel

I once gave an introductory speech at a local Toastmaster titled “An Ordinary Life” because that was the life I used to wish for… my life was far from ordinary. Read more>>

Diandria Walker

I have always known I wanted to be a part of the beauty industry. From makeup to hair to fashion, I’ve always had a major desire to give back to women who don’t feel beautiful. Read more>>

Tiina Howell

In July 2013 I started an online boutique which at that time was called “TNRBoutique”. It did well but I started to notice the quality of the items I was selling was decreasing. Read more>>

Vicky Olson

I’ve always enjoyed art and drawing so make up gradually became an outlet for that. What started as a self-care hobby I’d do when I got home from work slowly turned into doing makeup for others. Read more>>

London Crews

I’d like to say my career in makeup began at the ripe age of five years old when my mom had to actually lock her makeup drawer because she couldn’t keep me away from the red lipstick (still can’t). But really, my interest in makeup peaked in high school, and I quit sports to start working at the local makeup boutique. Read more>>

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