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 West Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I became a mother at 16, one year for my daughter’s birthday I wanted her to have a pretty tutu but I didn’t wanna pay someone to make it, so I decided to make my own. One post on Facebook with a caption “tutu made by me” and the tutu business started from there. Read more>>
Kacie Baker Perez
I realized I wasn’t super passionate about it, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to apply to medical school. I knew I enjoyed teaching and tutoring, so I applied and got accepted into Teach for America’s 2013 Corps. I taught high school chemistry, biology, and IPC (integrated physics and chemistry), and I was also the head men’s and women’s swim coach. I LOVED my experience there. Read more>>
Ciara Elle Bryant
I wanted the rigor of being creatively challenged and at the time I knew for me that was going back to school. From community college to now me going into the second year of my MFA program at SMU, I have had the chance to keep evolving as a multidisciplinary creative artist who focuses on discussing the identity of black culture. Read more>>
I was Student Body President, head of the Prom committee, on the volleyball, basketball, and soccer team, AB Honor Roll up until Junior Year – when I began getting a few C’s and received the Good Citizenship award my Freshman year… but I digress. Read more>>
I started putting outfits together from what I already had in my closet, I wanted to share my style and shopping tricks with others. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on different outfits in order to have a great one. Read more>>
I think my love for food pushed me to go into the restaurant industry. I started out at 15 years old, hosting and bussing tables in a few restaurants. I moved on to serving, then bartending, and later was a bar manager. The restaurant and bar industry is not easy. The late nights, early mornings, and constant dealing with the public take a huge toll on your mental and physical state. Read more>>
Mylan Nguyen is an artist of Vietnamese and Mexican descent currently living and working in Oak Cliff, where she was born and raised. Her current creative practice includes ceramics, illustration, and installation work. She works at We Are 1976, a letterpress and gift shop that supports independent artists. Read more>>
I spent the 80s in Cambridge and Lincoln, MA, the 90s in Dallas, TX, the early aughts in Santa Fe, NM, the last of my twenties in San Francisco, CA, and the first part of my thirties in Denton, TX. I’ve been in Dallas the last 4 years with my husband, new media artist and educator, Sean Miller. Read more>>
What makes Craft & Company so special is how we treat our clients and each other. We are a family, and we feel that when a client comes to the salon, they are in our home, and we welcome them as such. Read more>>