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Trailblazers: Plano

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

Abigail Lalumandier

I am a Recovery Influencer & Advocate! I am known for speaking the real raw truth about addiction that inspires others to know they are not alone and that there is hope for a second chance and a life in recovery. The thing I am most proud of is my brand’s authenticity and realness. Those two things are what set me apart from everyone else out there. Read more>>

Daisy Barrera

However I do still love doing makeup, haircuts of all kinds, lash extensions and hair extensions! What sets me apart from others is that I am very open and honest. It allows me to have a very clear form of communication with my clients. They know I have their best interest at heart and only want to help them express themselves with more confidence. Read more>>

Kara Adams

This advice-dispensing started back in high school, and what’s ironic is that even as a high school teacher years later, advice on relationships figured prominently as one of my most important skills sets. The biggest takeaway I gathered is that teenagers can’t do their best work and are completely distracted when their love relationships are out of whack. And not surprisingly, it applies to adults as well. Read more>>

Ashley Washington

I had to grow a thick skin, stick to my guns and remind them, that with small business there will be some personal details and customer care that doesn’t come with a corporate studio. If their baby was cranky, I’m happy to reshoot or come back after nap time. If you want to shoot at multiple locations, let’s travel. If you have an idea or an old picture that you would like to create, let’s make it happen. Read more>>

Jamiee Harry

Basketball was my first passion so sitting behind a desk was a big adjustment for me. I was trying to find that same passion I had for a ball in something else. So, when my friend reached out to me, I was open, plus I trusted her. We met up, she shared the info and I got excited, to say the least. It had to do with travel, which is something I’ve always dreamed of doing. Read more>>

Noemi Naidoo

Like so many other little girls, I enjoyed dressing up, doing my sister’s makeup and hair and I knew that it made me happy. I started beauty school as soon as I saved enough. After graduating, I was lucky enough to get hired by a really popular salon brand where I gained valuable skills as a hairstylist and eventually a manager. Read more>>

Laura Symons

Around my seventh year in the industry, I was given a life-changing opportunity to teach and educate on a national level. I now travel, teach, and mentor other hairdressers all over the country. The people I get to meet and inspire truly make my career incredible. Read more>>

Christina Woodley

More importantly, though, fitness gave me my life back. I started to sleep better, make healthier food choices for my family, and now had the energy I desperately needed to keep up with managing a household and being fully present as a wife and mom. I know these are the goals of many members who take my classes too, and I want to make sure they know I’ve been there and it is possible. Read more>>

Ashley Smith

I always wanted to do hair ever since I was younger but I kept running from it because of how people tried to get over. I went to school in New Orleans and Dallas, I went thru a rough time and lost everything (I was even a water girl at lowes), picking myself up was one of the hardest things in my life. Read more>>

Dormiya Watson

I’ve always known I had a passion for any and everything about beauty, but makeup is one passion that I just can’t seem to get over. I’m not exactly where I want to be within’ this field YET. How I feel like I’ve gotten to where I am today is simply by not giving up. Punching someone else’s clock just wasn’t my thing. Read more>>

Kyla Martin

I knew I had to do something. And so, I embarked up on a journey, the journey to find my purpose – and ultimately my perfect sweet spot. And today, I share those life-changing approaches I used in hopes they will give my clients the building blocks for clarity of purpose so they too can live the life they imagined. Read more>>

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