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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.

Nicole Anderson

July 15th ish 2011, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and by July 31st daddy was dead. Yelp in just 15 days, my life was turned upside down.  That was a wake-up call to me. I was busy existing but not living. I had goals to travel the world, but yet I hadn’t applied to get my passport. I talked to daddy for years about making personal development my life’s work and becoming a life coach. Read more>>

Oksana Nesteryuk

It all started with a photo of the paper flower wall on the Internet that I stumbled upon in 2016. Back then, large paper flowers were just gaining momentum in the United States. And I instantly fell in love with them and started to make my first flowers. I remember how I searched Google and YouTube trying to find masterclasses or online courses about large paper flowers, but there was very little information at that time. Read more>>

Sierra Nicole

I moved to Houston, Tx in 2013 and began pursuing my B.A. in broadcast journalism w/ a minor in business at the University of Houston. I fell in love with sports media when I earn an internship in the Athletics Communications office at UH. During my time interning there, I represented my university in roles at Men’s Final Four, Super Bowl LI, NBA, NFL Network and more. I graduated from UH in Spring 2017. Read more>>

Bárbara Miñarro

I was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in a border town called McAllen, TX. I have now officially lived half of my life in Mexico and the other half in Texas. I often joke about not being from here nor there; too Mexican for the Americans, too American for the Mexicans. This is something I struggled with growing up but I have learned to come to terms with it. And honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more>>

Krystal Huggins

I’m going to do some lash extensions on as a gift for your birthday” I was super excited because I had seen her and I noticed it was becoming a “thing.” So just like she said, she did them for me and I fell in love!!!! I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror lol. I thought I myself, “ oh man, these lashes make my eyes look so pretty!! I was addicted and I kept getting them done and after a few months. Read more>>

Kashe’ Powell

I am a photographer, Graphic Designer, Web designer, Professional Jazz Vocalist, Yogi, and Published Author. In 2016 I started my business as a production business, including photography, graphic design, and web design. In 2019 I decided to transform it into an entertainment and wellness business, and that includes, live music. Read more>>

Yvonna Vaughn-Johnson

I started lashing about two years ago. My #1 supporter, my husband helped me get there. He has been the rock. Having a family of my own and a husband like mines I can take on the world. I was always working a 9-5 before I met him. Yes, you are going to hear me say husband a lot because I am proud to be able to experience black love. Having a child at 16, I made me grow up early but also appreciate a lot. Read more>>

Krystal Smith and Christina Anderson

Unconventional Beginnings. The anxiety of meeting your new roommate can be at an all-time high at a new college. When this slick city chic met her new BFF by the slang introduction of, Lawd it’s hot. I feel like I’ve been pickin’ cotton and shuckin’ corn” while hailing a basket full of laundry up two flights of stairs immediately followed by my bellowing laughter. Read more>>

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