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

Loryn Hunter

LoSteez started after a trip to Fort Lauderdale. I was working OT at Raising Canes to catch that flight. But I did it! After such an inspiring, rejuvenating trip I came back home ready to take my leap of faith. And a leap of faith I took. I didn’t have much knowledge about running a business. At least that’s how I felt. I watched a couple of YouTube videos. Read more>>

Gracie Garza

As far back as I can remember, my mother was always a caregiver. She was always taking care of someone. Years later, she took care of one grandmother who struggled with stomach cancer and then my other grandmother which had dementia. I am very proud to have such an amazing mother and always thought if I could be at least half the women she is I would be successful. Read more>>

Nina Berenato

I signed up to work for her unpaid for a year but ended up working under for the next six years in Brooklyn. It was with her that I honed my craft, working out of a community jewelry space where I had access to a group of mentors and all the tools I could ever dream of. I was able to take note of how she ran her business and what I would do the same or different. Read more>>

S. Denise Reagor

When I was younger, I aspired to be an attorney. I thought representing an individual in court was the best way to help and serve them. Shortly before my Freshman year in college, my views changed and I shifted to Social Work. I studied and majored in Social Work with Sociology as a minor. Read more>>

Emily Reed

My husband and I were 20 when we got married; that was almost 11 years ago. Both working full time and going to college, our household income was less than 40K, so we didn’t have a budget for things like furniture and decorating, but I still had a desire to create a beautiful space to live in. Read more>>

Jacquie Moesel

I started Moesel with my very good friend from Peru about four years ago. We initially started the project as a way to provide more income for a group of women makers in Lima, Peru. As the project continued and we learned more about ethical production, Moesel grew to include more artisan groups, both in Peru and also in Mexico and Guatemala. Read more>>

Jae Graham-Anciso

I have been in the cannabis industry for about ten years now. It all started when I was taking my ill father to his doctor’s appointment. We both saw a now hiring sign in front of a nearby shop; we giggled about it, and well, I was looking for employment, so I made my way inside. I was hired and became a Manager/ Buyer where my duties were to purchase for specific departments. Read more>>

Michelle Blackwell

I’ve always loved doing hair. I had my first clients at 13 and continued to develop my craft from there. With the help of YouTube and consistently practicing techniques, I became more and more confident in my craft. In 2017, I officially started Styles By Michelle and launched ChelleShopp in 2019. Read more>>

Vicky Gouge

Vicky Gouge began her creative journey at an early age with a constant passion for drawing and sketching. This passion was the foundation for her excellence in the arts and the numerous awards she won for her creative artwork. Vicky has gone on to work in every aspect of graphic design and marketing, lending to her expansive knowlegde. Read more>>

Emely Turish

Lux and Pups started as a way for me to connect with other luxury obsessed people. No one in my day to day life was as crazy about designer handbags as I was. So, I created Lux and Pups. It has grown into so much more. It is now a community! The majority of my followers are women. Read more>>

Brecia Eubank

Throughout my life, nothing has made me feel more alive than dance! I started dancing when I was three years old. When I was about 11, my parents told me I had to choose between sports and dance because I was homeschooled. Read more>>

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