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Trailblazers: Northwest 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 Northwest Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Gloria Kennedy

I learned to sew as a child, with Barbie clothes as my motivation to learn. When it came time to pick a major, I chose Costume Design but, for a number of reasons, I ended up changing majors. My career path turned to Technical Writing instead, then management. Read more>>

Shivangi Chauhan

I am a self-taught professional henna artist, both traditional and modern henna (mehndi) design. Very young age, I always loved drawing. My mom inspired me to do henna. I drew henna designs frequently at any chance I got and practiced on my friends and relatives. Soon after, I began receiving recognition for my henna art. Read more>>

Rachel Specht

Growing up in a military family, I had the opportunity to live throughout the US as well as Europe. I developed the ability to create lasting relationships before my family would relocate to a new assignment. Having lived in Germany for several years. Read more>>

Christina Dark

I started cosplaying back in 2010 when a friend suggested I should. Growing up, I was really into superheroes and video games, and would make my own Halloween costumes of my favorite superheroes with my mom. After that, I never stopped. I began taking cosplay more seriously in 2013. Read more>>

Lauren Sepulvador

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was not able to attend a university for my freshman year of college. As a community college student, I felt that my future was over before it even began. I know that is an extremely bleak statement but during my senior year of high school, there were peers, other parents, and even school. Read more>>

Kelsey Shoemaker

I’m 23 and my first passion was always anything visuals. From painting blobs of color on paper to doodling portraits of people in my math homework. It wasn’t until high school when I got into photojournalism and it was a natural feeling. Read more>>

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