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Trailblazers: Downtown

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 Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Denise Ward

As a freelance actress and singer, I attend numerous events and performances. You are a walking billboard for your brand as soon as you hit the stage, so my outfits always have to be camera-ready. Bougie on a Budget features a lot of my tips on finding dupes for designer pieces, where the best sales are, and how to conserve your money in other areas so that you can splurge on what you want. Read more>>

Aniya Demery

my vision of providing professional make-up application services came into fruition and Niya-Rose Make-Up Artistry was started. My work has been recognized and supported by many celebrities and well-known makeup artists. I have worked alongside a very well known MUA, LegallyBeat on the CD Cover of Stellar Award Runner Up, Charles Butler and Trinity. Read more>>

Christina Aguilera

I’ve been in the beauty industry since I was 14 years old. Started out doing laundry for a local spa, worked my way up to front desk then front desk manager. Once I graduated high school, I enrolled in a beauty school to be an esthetician. Skincare and makeup have always been a passion of mine. Read more>>

Casandra Austin-McDonald

I decided to begin my own personal and professional development business, Live Greater Institute, to help individuals heal, discover who they are and what their purpose is so they take action to live greater. I have also assisted businesses and organizations to increase workplace morale, implement more effective policies, and inspired their employees to consider their own personal development work. Read more>>

Leslie Lozano

I was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and moved to Austin almost five years ago. Within a year into Austin, I co-founded a nonprofit and jumped into event planning while also working in social media but music has always been a part of my life. I was a huge band geek in Jr. High and part of High School and spent lots of my downtime making mix cd’s thanks to limewire and frostwire. Read more>>

Naomi Hoffmeyer

I would say my career has come together in a very piecemeal way. I moved to Houston to go to graduate school at the Shepherd School of Music. The longer you stay somewhere, the more your network grows. Houston has a wonderful harp community, and we all help each other out with referring work and sharing resources. Read more>>

Brooke Lauren

B Lauren shop created by Brooke Lauren Westbrooks. A Mother, a Daughter & entrepreneur, I began my entrepreneurship in my early teen stages where I began selling clothes & shoes in high school, with my hustling spirit & strong ambition, I developed a passion for getting it on my own & becoming my own Boss. Read more>>

Lauren Kornegay

Lauren R. Kornegay was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Oxon Hill, MD. She attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 20, Lauren experienced the pain, struggles, exhaustion and confusion that accompany the disorder. Read more>>

Justina Ford

My career in energy psychology and brand strategy is one I was always drawn to. I may not have always had the framework or correct wording, but I’m grateful I’ve found my place in the world. I’ve always been a champion for the underdog or followed after interests that weren’t mainstream. Read more>>

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