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

Gina Avila

I started this love for photography in my sophomore year of Highschool. I had a teacher, “Mrs.Portnoy” who taught us how to use our manual SLR cameras. Nothing was digital those days so we learned how to shoot, develop our own film, and process our images in a dark room. I couldn’t afford my own camera so the only time we got to use it was in class. Read more>>

Lizett Guerra

I am now a Health and Wellness Coach with Powerful Team Beauty in which now I am able to continue helping other women reach their fitness and health goals oka day to day basis. My goal each and everyday is to inspire, help, love and impact other beautiful women that are I in need to changing their lives weather it’s mentally, physically, or emotionally. Read more>>

Aaliyah Griffin

To begin without the holy spirit none of this would be possible. In 2013, my life had finally begun to start as so I thought. I graduated from Desoto High School and was headed to college. Read more>>

Williams and Carlisha Harper

Our company’s origin began with a simple dream from Mrs. V’s childhood to experience her dream wedding without breaking the bank. Her success produced a desire to give back to others in her community to bring their events to life in a special way. Read more>>

Ja’Mecha Dodd

I started my business two years ago after going through a tough time that resulted in me going to therapy. One of the things that we are taught is how to utilize coping mechanisms when our normal ones have failed and figure out what makes me happy. Read more>>

Karla Hernandez

The story of our business is writing itself as we speak. My husband and I have always enjoyed cooking for our family at parties or simply a Sunday evening to watch the Cowboys game. It wasn’t until recently that a family member asked us how much we would charge her two large pans of a chicken-fajita-sausage. Read more>>

Bridgett N. Green

After years of watching my mother style hair out of our home, I began to try different styles on my dolls and eventually my sister and I. At the age of 11 years old, I picked up were my mother left off and began to style my friends’ hair for school money. Read more>>

Nikita Hill

My story begins when I joined the US NAVY at age 18-22. I lived in many states to include Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, and now Texas. My husband an Army Veteran is from Mesquite Texas, so now, this is finally home. I started really diving into my artwork in 2015. I needed an avenue to help cope with PTSD and depression. Read more>

Sonia Vasquez

What really started this whole lifestyle was a recommendation from “the Boss, the Judge” that I was working for in 2001. He called me into his chambers and told me I was in the wrong profession. Read more>>

Raeka Panda

I create a New Generation Ayurveda based skincare line that features the World’s ONLY Turmeric peel-off masks. We focus on using unique Indian ingredients by bringing them to the forefront with clean beauty formulations. Read more>

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