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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.

Samia Rahman

Photography was always a creative outlet, a passion, a hobby… never a source for income. That all changed in 2011, when my parents had to leave our home town in Arizona to take care of a terrible family incident in their home country. Read more>>

Alicia “EV” Borman

As the original live music scene in Dallas continued to grow, I grew creatively and as a go-getter along with it and made friends and music contacts all over the DDFW area. There was so much original music happening, in fact, that I would often attend a show four or five times a week, and they would all be unique and amazing. Read more>>

Jodie Jo

I have been braiding hair since the age of 8 years old, has been charging since age 14 which was my freshman year of high school. Braiding hair was always my hustle even through my adult years in the corporate world in which I worked for 6 years before becoming a full time braider in 2014. Read more>>

Sheree Andrews

From a child, I knew I had a gifting to teach. And as I matured in my walk with Christ, God placed a desire in my heart to impact young women. Being a pastor’s child, I was constantly surrounded by hurting people and God revealed to me that my birthing in ministry would take place. Read more>>

Katherine Libby

When I finished my graduate degree in health communication in 2011, I felt accomplished and proud; and yet at the same time scared and completely uncertain of my future. I didn’t feel normal – from what I could see I didn’t feel like my other classmates all of whom seemed to know their ‘next step’. Read more>>

Mat Nguyen

I have always been influenced by creating with my hands and making things myself. I would see a design and or a technique and would tell myself, I could do that. So I would go out and do my homework and then jump right in to whatever interest that was at the time. Read more>>

Tish Johnson

Makeup started out as a hobby for me. My sorority sisters and I had to have our makeup done when we performed in step shows, and I became the “eyebrow” gril lol. It’s so funny because looking back on pictures, everyone’s eyebrows literally looked like I had carved them out with a highlighter. Read more>>

Amanda Kuda

From a very young age, I knew I was supposed to be two things: a writer and a teacher. As a child with a limited scope, I thought being a teacher was limited to a classroom writing on chalkboards. Read more>>

Shaniece Miller

I launched my own nonprofit organization “Wonderfully Made.” Wonderfully Made was created to equip, encourage, and empower women all over the world to become all that God has destined them to be! I serve as the Assistant Director of the Graduate School at UNT Dallas. Read more>>

Vannessa Reyes

I started a blog in 2014 but then quit after 6 months because no one read it. LOL. Looking back at that, just reassures me how I should have kept on going… In 2016, the fire came back on, I created my first workshop on self-confidence. Read more>>

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