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Trailblazers: North Dallas

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

Olivia Arratia

I have been taking pictures of everything and anything. I am currently studying to obtain my Bachelors in Fine Arts in Photography. From there, I plan on going to graduate school to obtain my Masters in Fine Arts. Read more>>

Carmen Cruz

I am a woman. I am Cuban American. I am gay. I am a psychologist. I am an activist. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a daughter. I have dedicated my life to helping people express their authentic selves. I love to life voices, particularly marginalized voices. Read more>>

Jeanita Spikes

Upon graduating from high school, I applied and won a scholarship that funded my nail education. After completing school, I worked in salons with some experienced nail techs and invested in extensive education. This has truly changed the trajectory of my career. Read more>>

Geetha Rao

Art has always been a part of my life. From dabbling in watercolors as a child to learning collage and batik as a teenager, my interest in colors and composition led me to a career as an architect. My background in architecture has provided me with experience in design, color, and composition. Read more>>

Kate Sherga

I decided to spend the last year of my twenties trying as many new things and experiences as I could. I’ve always tossed around the idea of starting a blog but never wanted to commit the time/energy it takes. I figured I’d test the waters by starting an Instagram account and see where it went. Read more>>

Miranda Blake

It all started my senior year in high school, where everyone was wearing makeup, and I had no idea where to even start. I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube and basically found my passion. At the time, I didn’t know it was my passion. Read more>>

Denise Alillian Haynes

My love blossomed, and I began to use my gift. After moving to Dallas, I became a professional ballroom dancer and instructor, taking the pleasure of bringing dance to people of all ages. Currently, I have some dance related business ventures in the works as I teach 1st through 6th grade full time. Read more>>

Chrystal Castillo

I started believing what I was told. One day it dawned on me that I am in control of my destiny. No one can create my destiny, they can try to destroy me on my way there, but they cannot recreate my future with their words. I realized that allowed the words of others to define me. Read more>>


Gauthami Vemula and Renae Virata

With all of the negativity in the world and being women, they wanted to promote conversation around positive messages and bring women’s history to life in a unique way. They like to think that they are a vehicle to carry on the legacy of awesome women before them. Read more>>

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