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.
Brandon and Christina Brock
The idea for Be Ripped Fits was started out of a desire to wear apparel that motivates and inspires all to conquer the day while bridging fitness and fashion. We chose the name, “Be Ripped” because it is a call to action to go all in. Read more>>
My mom taught me to sew at an early age, and I always loved making crafts- anything from Halloween costumes to accessories for my dolls. When I had my daughter Sawyer Jane in 2016, I was so excited to dress her and put bows on her to show she was a little girl. Read more>>
My journey of enlightenment and self-confidence started, funny enough, with roller derby, which took me way out of my comfort zone. Then Calvin and I started running with the Houston Hash House Harriers, a running group that lays trails with flour, then ends the run with a keg of beer, irreverent songs, and shenanigans. Read more>>
Andrea, a native of Denham Springs, LA, moved to Dallas in 2013. It was within the first two years of moving that ConqHer was revealed to her. As she explains, “I was in a new place, a big city, degreed, and jobless. I spent a lot of quiet time to find direction from God on what was my purpose.” I was once that girl that needed to Conquer the odds! As a teen, I did not have that person to help guide me through those fragile years of being a teenager to becoming a woman. This meant I’ve made a lot of mistakes; I’ve had to figure it out on my own. Read more>>
I left Dallas on a hunt to find my future, searching right at the University of Houston. Gratefully, I made it two years and some change pursuing my Bachelors in Psychology. Thats where I discovered that college was not for me. Read more>>
I began working for the Dallas Regional Chamber in the Education Department. Having gone through public schools throughout K-12, I thought I knew what the average experience was for “public school”. Little did I know the stark differences between the public schools I had access to and those here in Dallas. Read more>>
Music was in my family, both of my grandmothers had a piano and organ in their home. My first instrument was a clarinet that I still have where I played in elementary school through middle school. I became very interested in guitar in high school and received my first guitar from my parents. Read more>>
I knew this was going to be my path so naturally when junior year came around I signed up for cosmetology school. the class was full, and I was devastated. over the summer I got a call saying that someone had dropped out and that they would accept me if I was still interested. I was. Read more>>
I started off modeling for another company and when one of the owners decided to go back to her home town which is Atlanta. I decided to extend the hair collection that they were going to offer me. Read more>>
Dr. Kristen Guillory
Being a successful Black woman, stories of times I’ve experienced discrimination. I am the founder of Cozy Convos- an initiative for women to talk life, hurdles, triumphs in a fun and safe environment. We’ve served 2,000 women and will be celebrating 5 years on Nov 3! Read more>>