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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.

Jeanita Spikes

My interest to do nails peeked at the age of 13, after getting my first salon manicure, I looked around at how many full tables and chairs there were, I was truly surprised. People were coming in by the minute to get nail services and it felt like an environment I wanted to be a part of. I began doing research to find out what it took to become a nail stylist. Read more>>

SaRatta Reeves Murphy

Do the research, set goals, make a plan to achieve the goals. This is just the beginning, over time you will need support, find a supportive tribe and learn from them and share your experiences as well. It is ok to share info and help others succeed. Your tribe will fill the same way. Read more>>

Tam Warner Minton

I travel solo most of the time because my husband cannot go due to health reasons. My blog tries to encourage women to get out and do something out of their comfort zone, there is a big world out there and there is every reason to go explore it! Read more>>

LaToya Taylor

The best advice I can give to young women that are just now starting out in their journey is to stay true to who you are, be confident in the ability to do your craft and to always remain teachable. Even though, there may be others in your particular industry doing what you do. Remember there is no one else that can do it the way that you do! Read more>>

Alejandra Uriostegui

It wasn’t until years later that I found my passion and pursued my career as a personal image stylist. I now collaborate with other aspiring businesses and spend my time blogging about beauty and style along with other girly things. Read more>>

Raeesa Habeeb

Hi there! I was always into fashion and make-up growing up. I loved going shopping, sharing what I bought and helping my friends style whatever was in their wardrobe. I even used my sister as a model when she was 5 to do an at home photoshoot using whatever was in my mom’s closet. Read more>>

Miyan Benita

I started my travel blog when I moved to Israel with my sister after graduating college. I wanted to share my experience through writing and imagery with family and friends (this was before Instagram and how big social media is today) and I only planned to live in Israel for 6 months to learn Hebrew. I ended up living there for 4 years and blogged the whole time! Read more>>

Heather Mincieli

Yoga was one of those things that always intrigued me. As a kid, I would see pictures of 90-year old standing on their heads and think, well – they’re definitely doing something right. The 90-year old I knew could barely get from their car to the church pew without lots of assistance. This curiosity is what got me in the door and through my first yoga class. Read more>>

Dalina Ford

I always knew I wanted to be a fashion designer and after interning with a swimwear designer in college, I knew this was it. I love making women feel beautiful and confident and DALINA FORD SWIM embodies just that. DALINA FORD SWIM is inspired by my love of travel, experiencing different cultures and being by the water. Read more>>

Alyssa Wood

I got started teaching yoga back in 2012, primarily working one-on-one with other moms that I knew personally through my daughter’s activities. I come from a background in dance and yoga poses came fairly “easy” to me when I got started, Then in 2013, after a terrible car accident, it was back to the office job grind while I took some time for total body rehabilitation. Read more>>

Mary a.k.a. ~Belles~ Mulherin

Late 2014, I was inspired by a local yogi in my home state of Michigan during an Instagram challenge I joined called “The Living Goddess”. That yogi’s name was Sitara Bird out of Citizens Yoga in Detroit. I was in awe of her beautiful inspiring words, breathtaking yoga photos and all around amazing outlook on life. I mean this woman just glowed with healthy confidence and all I could think is I want to be like her one day. Read more>>

Leah Shoats

I’ve always loved makeup. I remember as a little girl, flipping through my mom’s magazines and being fascinated. Naturally, all I wanted to do was become an artist and create, regardless of the medium. Throughout school, I took as many art classes as I could, painting, pottery, sculpting, etc. But, I always found myself drawn back to makeup and loved practicing to hone my skills. Read more>>

Leann Burns

I was a self taught silversmith until about 3 years ago when I ended up taking a class at the Dallas Craft Guild to fill in some of the gaps of my knowledge. It was here that, I learned how to add gold details to my designs which is what I love to do most. Just a touch of gold brings a unique and multi layered design element to my work. Read more>>

Elizabeth Fisher

Floral is a passion. At a young age, I began working at a local flower shop just helping out, but soon showed a skill for floral design. After studying nursing in college, I realized my love for floral and opened my own shop, Lizzie Bee’s Flower Shoppe, at the age of 23. Never one to be told that I could not do something, I am always striving to learn new techniques, growth through networking and defying the odds. Read more>>

Lauren Margolies

My interest in yoga sparked during a time of exploration in my mid 20’s. I immediately connected to the practice and began to seek out different styles/teachers around town. My sister, an avid yoga enthusiast, introduced me to a very unique style that she knew I would enjoy. Suze Curtis, of Samatone Yoga, includes sound and vibration into a physically challenging heated power flow. Read more>>

Angie Dumas

I started out as a food blogger who wrote strictly reviews for restaurants. To become a food blogger/influencer who reviews everything from food to household products. I am also a recipe developer who creates recipes for brands. Brands send me products to test and write about. Read more>>

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