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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.

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>>

Latrease Jordan

I cater to all ethnicity, I think that’s what makes me stand out from others and the QUALITY if my work over all I’ve grown so much and cannot even believe it’s been over 5 yrs and I’m still going strong and growing! I look forward to meeting more people and making more and more new clients! Read more>>

Zahra Ali

After convincing myself over and over NOT to do put myself out there, not to start a blog, because why would anyone want to read what I have to say, my friends and family have finally convinced me to just start! I mean, whats the worst that could happen? Read more>>

Davida Brumfield

I loved working with my patients and always wished I could do more for them, you can only do so much. After taking a hospice case and losing a life to a client, more like family. I chose to go in another direction and use my other license. I was still helping others, but this time it was different. Read more>>

Roselle Pliego

We are a blended family with 3 beautiful kids that keep us busy. I love our rich culture and I make it point to teach my children their heritage while creating our own adventures in Dallas and beyond. Read more>>

Tenielle Powers

The creative process was the entire thing to me, without that earring money wasn’t as fun to me so I learned this quickly about myself. I also learned that money is a by product of success. Read more>>

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