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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.

Andrea Valentina

My modeling journey began through pageants in 2017. I competed in the Miss Houston Venezuela pageant in 2017 and later on in the Modelo Latina 2018 pageant where I won the first place title. Shortly after winning the title and creating content with the organization. Read more>>

Jamiell “Miell” Johnson

I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. I spent my youth acting, dancing and playing sports, which grew my love for the entertainment industry. I later moved to Nashville, TN to complete my BS in Biology with a Chemistry minor from The Tennessee State University. Read more>>

Jeralyn Sims

Jeralyn is a woman of God, a daughter, sister, friend and most importantly the mother of her beautiful daughter Jurnee Dior. Jeralyn loves reading, writing, traveling, fashion and spending time with her friends and family. A graduate of Grambling State University. Read more>>

Ayron La’Vell Walker

I’m a photographer, writer, and social media coordinator. I am currently working towards getting my Bachelors degree in both Creative Writing and Film from the University of North Texas in Denton. I used to think having so many passions and hobbies. Read more>>

Snehee Chaplot

I am a Food Scientist by training and have been in the industry for over a decade. I started my career with the big corporates like Tyson Foods, KraftHeinz and Nestle R&D and then worked with a couple of start ups before starting my own Food Company, the Food Shop. Read more>>

Cassandra Conserve

My name is Cassandra. Currently I reside in Houston, Texas. I was born and raised in NY by Haitian Caribbean parents. Their expectations for me were like any other parent, finish high school, go to college, get excellent grades, become a doctor and live a happy life. Read more>>

Hailey Pletz

have always been passionate about art and clothing from a very young age. Creating one of a kind clothing pieces was always a dream I had. Growing up it was difficult to express myself outwardly due to being extremely self conscience. I think I wore black every day from 7th-12th grade and that’s not an exaggeration. Read more>>

Amber Nicole Smith

It’s funny—my story, journey, and life’s trajectory look nothing like what I thought they would. I always had a cookie-cutter, fail-proof roadmap and plan for life. You know, the usual—graduate high school, get accepted to a top-performing institution, receive a degree. Read more>>


Chak Therapy is an exclusive product line designed to honor the seven primary chakras while promoting self-care and intentionality in people’s daily routine. As for the origins of Chak Therapy all i can simply say is, it was manifested in a dream. Read more>>

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