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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.

Michelle Carlson

My journey to health and fitness started with the complete ABSENCE of either. As a 23 year old mom of 2 little ones, I weighed over 265 pounds and wanted to sleep all the time. I started out walking, late at night so nobody could see me….and I did every diet under the sun. Read more>>

Brenda Weaver

I went to college in Austin for Business and after living there for 4 years , I transferred to SFA university in Nacogdoches, Tx.I knew owning my own Business was a dream of mine , but at the time I had no idea  what that Business was. Read more>>

Elena Flores

Sew Bonita started out as a creative outlet when my husband bought me a sewing machine. My mother passed away in 2008 and never got the opportunity to sew with her, or learn how to sew, and that’s one of my biggest regrets. Read more>>

Shereen Yusuff

I am originally Indian, born and raised in the Middle East in Oman. I spent roughly the first ten years of my life in Oman and the next ten in India. I did my aerospace engineering and jumped in to the oil and gas industry as a part of the drilling sector. Read more>>

Viv Kadbi

My name is Vivian Kadbi and I am originally from Colombia. I came to the USA back in 2010 to learn English; but stayed here after I met Mo, my now husband, in 2011, and we have built our lives here ever since. My husband is originally from Iran. Read more>>

Eden Collins

I never thought I would become an artist. Well, that’s not true. Five-year-old me declared proudly that I was going to be an artist to the usual response: “you’ll never make any money doing that.” Being from a rural town, I was around animals all the time, and so I wanted to become a veterinarian. Read more>>

Karis Lane

Derek Walcott once said: “I read; I travel; I become”. At the age of 8, my passion for travel was sparked! My mom surprised me with a trip to Disneyworld and since then I have traveled to over 20 countries with my favorite countries being Cuba and the United Arab Emirates. Read more>>

Jessica Obaseki

I was born in Cali, Colombia. My parents brought me to the UNited States when I was 9yrs old. From my upbringing (coming from a Pentecostal household) I had to figure out creative ways to make my outfits feel like me. Read more>>

Marina B.

I never liked to follow trends as much as I was driven to create my own. I remember dreaming as a little girl of becoming a Fashion Designer and having my own clothing or jewelry line, so I could create unique pieces and styles. I always knew I wanted to make beautiful things around me. Read more>>

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