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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.

Alicia M Morgan

After spending thirteen years in the engineering field, I was laid off and decided that I wanted to take a more informal path in my career. I did not know about informal education opportunities when I decided to become an advocate for STEM Education yet pursuing the road less traveled continues to be rewarding for me. Read more>>

LaDonya Simmons

The idea for a cosmetic line came in 2018 as I was laying across my bed, on Instagram looking for a makeup look I could recreate. I then had an idea to make lipstick. So, I looked at all the ingredients, watched a YouTube video and at that moment, a voice spoke to me and said, create your own line. I thought, God if this is you, I need a name. Read more>>

Shaymah Ali-Kparah

I love to say “Shay La Vie !” and yes I speak French!!! I always found it endearing and was optimistic that one day, I would have a brand and be paid to for my services. Now that I think about it, I’ve been praying for moments like this for years and thankful that in 2018 I decided that I would take a leap of faith. Read more>>

Julie Do

When I started to really get into makeup and learn about the industry, I actually started to learn more about myself. I never once thought that I could turn this hobby mine into something much more. This is my 5th year of being a freelance makeup artist and I wouldn’t change anything. I absolutely love what I do and I hope to keep on growing and building in my profession. I cannot see myself pursuing anything else. Read more>>

Rhyanna Odom

I electrocuted myself by attempting to dismantle a disposable camera, because how else was I supposed to get the photos out? I got my hands on a cheap point-and-shoot as a pre-teen, and thought that being a good photographer meant taking photos of mundane things from weird angles. I wasn’t necessarily wrong but definitely wasn’t good either. Read more>>

Jesse Ihde

As I found my way out of fear and into hope, back into my life with my family and my home and my community, I heard a calling towards not just a career, but a vocation, a way of being in the world. Even in my agency life, the work I loved the most was calling my team members towards the deeper and truer parts of themselves, building into their personal and professional development. Read more>>

Don’Chunte Bates

I was inspired by my grandmother who never left home without her powder foundation and lipstick. She taught me how to make clothing for my Barbie dolls and sparked a fascination that would turn into a full-blown passion. During high school, I designed and created several prom dresses for classmates. Read more>>

Baily Roberts

The more I got into the modeling business, the more I noticed how women of my body type were not as celebrated as often as they should be, and that started a fire in me to use my career to embrace women of all sizes and shapes. I began marketing myself as a model who embraces her curves, scars, and everything in between, and that’s when my name really took off. Read more>>

Brooke Forbus and Kayley Elk

It’s hard to say exactly where it started. Have you ever had that nagging passion or hobby that just begged for your constant attention?? Ours was, without a doubt, capturing beautiful images of anything and everything. People, events, that random field of sunflowers… you name it. Read more>>

Shana Preston

I love makeup, I absolutely love makeup, fewer lipsticks and anything with brows. I actually didn’t start my passion until I moved to Dallas, TX from San Antonio, TX. I started my passion for beauty at The Tint School of Cosmology and Makeup in Irving, TX. While attending my passion for Makeup only grew. Read more>>

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