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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.

Nicole Riccardo

I have channeled my creativity into running a blog so I can share everything that I am passionate about with others! In addition to music, I am a huge foodie, I love to travel, and as a former makeup artist for Bare Minerals, I am a total beauty junkie! Read more>>

Angel McMichael

I’m able to focus what I always wanted to do, blending entrepreneurship with providing jobs for women that don’t force them to choose between a career and family. Read more>>

Candace Johnson

College was not something my family talked about growing up. My parents nor my siblings went to college, so I was the first generation to attend college. I knew that if I wanted to be a teacher, I had to go to school. Read more>>

Janelle Laqui

My love for food started at a young age. Food Network was my TV channel of choice on most days and I’d always pressure my cousins into playing “fake restaurant” so that I could be a pretend chef and whip up some mean dishes in my non-existent kitchen. Read more>>

Marta Kihn

I worked a lot with women entrepreneurs, small business owners. One thing that always impressed me is their ingenuity, tenacity, and how they supported and helped each other. Read more>>

Heather Kelly

I grew up watching my mother artfully apply her makeup and naturally, wanted to emulate the process. She is a Makeup Artist herself, so you could say it’s in my blood. Read more>>

Bianca “Nicki Ninety-Seven” Rodriguez

Makeup has always been a huge role in my life because my mother is a makeup artist, so I’ve always been around makeup literally since birth! Lol. But, I didn’t fully start getting into makeup till middle school/ Highschool. Read more>>

Jane Ko

A Taste of Koko was launched in 2010 and has become Austin’s top food and travel blog that features the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. A Taste of Koko has been featured in O Magazine, InStyle Magazine, OWN TV Network, and The New York Times. Read more>>

Kari Boss

I didn’t always know what I wanted to do when I “grew up” but I always knew I wanted to be an artist. My mom had expectations for me to go to college but I knew that’s not what I wanted to do. I attended some college and after the semester was over, my mom asked if I was going back. I said NO. She said okay well what interests you? I said honestly, makeup. She said okay, figure out how to get into school for that. So, I did. Read more>>

JaNae Brielle

I’m BlushinB your MUA. A Kansas City, KS girl living in a big Texas world. I have been into makeup for a really long time. Was told at 16, I could start wearing eyeliner. Well, that was a green light for grandmother. She showed me how to put on a full face. From that point, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Started by just doing my own face and some friends. Read more>>

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