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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.

Jennifer Torres

A space where I could teach my summer art camps for kids without having to rent a space and lug all my art supplies from place to place. I also dreamed of expanding my art classes to include adults and other art educators. Cedars Art House was hatched from these dreams. In 2015, when my husband and I decided to buy a lot and build a house in our artsy, eclectic Cedars neighborhood, we devised a plan to include an art studio on the first floor. Read more>>

Evelyn Puente Meza

I’m very passionate about what I do that’s why nothing makes me happier than watching my clients reach their goals. I love seeing my clients get healthier, more confident, more strong and taking control of their lives. Read more>>

Brandy Lucas

I decided to relocate to Dallas. We knew very little about DFW. We’d only visited twice, but we had a feeling that God was leading us here. We closed our first salon, & moved with the faith that he’d make a way for us! Dallas opened up doors for me that I couldn’t have imagined. Just over two years, after our relocation we were able to open our second salon, Mane and Groom Barber and Beauty in Cedar Hill Texas. Read more>>

Sonya Cameron

I knew I loved making table tops pop with “a little something extra.” I certainly knew that whatever I did had to surround events and linen. After the initial fears and hurdles, I moved forward to start J Cameron House of Linen Rental, LLC, while simultaneously working in the education arena. Read more>>

Ruby Rollanda Thomas

I started having an interested in hair styling when I was ten years old wanting to create hairstyles and try to recreate what I saw my grandma & mom do to their hair. When my grandma noticed my determination and also her personal items constantly missing, she decided to allow me to do hair at home in middle school my friends, family, and neighbors. Read more>>

Tasha Hogan

I have spent countless hours researching different hair types and treatments so that I can provide my clients with consistent results. I have a heart for community service and I am working on several different ventures at this time. I have learned there is no task too great that I can’t tackle, GOD has given me the strength and confidence to face anything. Read more>>

Dr. Demetrice Smith

I founded Creeping vines Online initially with a focus on women’s mental health concerns and later expanded the conversation through a curriculum offering to include men’s mental health and youth mental health. Creeping Vines Online is designed to be a solution-bridge where we offer individual and group training classes. Read more>>

Aimee Sanborn

I joined the firm in 2005 straight out of grad school. After the first interview, I knew it was a personable place with plenty of passion for the profession. Excited that I would have the opportunity to be a part of the downtown resurgence, I accepted the position and never looked back. Read more>>

Stephanie Calderon

We all want to lose weight and get healthy until it’s time to put in the work. I use to say I tried everything to lose the weight, but if I tried everything, I would have been fit by now. I wanted the easy way out, I tried quick diets, tried about every program and product you can think of, but never stuck to anything for more than two weeks. Read more>>

Zee Edwards

As a mother making sure my children were taken care of has always been a priority, so when they were younger participating in acting was always a desire her it was delayed. Advice for young women always invests in a better tomorrow for YOU. Don’t wait because time goes on. Read more>>

Dr. Shelia Samone Brown

As an educator for over 20 years, I have an innate part of me that wants to protect others from danger; specifically, young people. Making the transition into the authorship and filmmaker seems natural because my purpose is the same; I empower others to change their lives for the better. Read more>>

Brandi Barnett

My short term goal is to bring awareness and revenue to small businesses owned by women as well as by minorities. My long term goal is to help students, through scholarships and mentoring, who are interested in opening their own businesses. I also want to provide resources to established small businesses. Read more>>

Meena Shabazz

Art has always been a part of my life and to me essentially “art is life.” As a young person, still learning about oneself and how to “navigate” through this reality, I did a lot of listening to audiobooks and consuming myself in other peoples life adventures. Read more>>

Qualyncia Griffin

Love those around you wholeheartedly or don’t be around them at all. The money will come if that’s your concern. I honestly believe I have been able to overcome any obstacle because my heart is pure and I face any darkness with love. That is not easy but the universe will give you plenty of tests to get it right. Read more>>

Shandon Guignard

I am located in an amazing studio housed inside the Jones Experience Grooming Studio. I offer anything from amazing manicures to relaxing spa pedicures in a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere. Be on the lookout on September 15, 2020, Flawless Finish will be opening for all of DFW to be pampermazed. Read more>>

Tatiana Smith

I started this business out of desperation from the 2019 government furlough. As an air traffic controller, my husband has an essential job and had to work without pay during that time. It was my job to make sure he wouldn’t worry how he was going to feed the family, no one should have to deal with that type of anguish. Read more>>

Karla Mingo

You have to have positive self-talk and believe in yourself. Sometimes, when you share your dream with others, they will not support you. You have to be careful who you share your dreams with because they will unintentionally plant doubt in your head. Read more>>

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