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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.

Yuliana Vargas

It’s definitely been a journey of self-discovery trying to find something that I was truly passionate about. I found myself trying to figure out where I wanted to be and what I wanted my life to look like in five years. One thing I knew for sure was that at that moment I wasn’t happy where I was. Read more>>

Teia Acker

I began podcasting in 2018 as a method to enhance my business and brand while introducing a new form of dialogue to my business colleagues. The podcast took off tremendously and introduced me to a global audience through over 20 podcasting channels (to include Tidal, Itunes, Spotify and iHeart Radio). Read more>>

Laquinta Milson

I was born and raised in Port Arthur, TX by mother with the help of my grandmother. I am the elder of two sisters, Brittany and Mercedes Milson. Growing up, I wasn’t exactly sure of what I wanted to be, but I knew I enjoyed helping people. I was always giving and doing things for people. Read more>>

Carolina Aguilar

This all started on a whim, I had a serious obsession with cheese (I still do). Any kind would satisfy my taste buds. So like any crazed fan, I would look up different pages on Instagram and that’s when It all started. I came across Charcuterie pages. Read more>>

Shannon Sherrell

I started my business in 2009, while I was still in high school. At the time, my business was known as Hair By Shannon Sherrell. In March of 2018, My first salon open, SSBeauty Bar. January of 2019, SSBeauty Spa opened and by July of 2019 SSBeauty Supply & Hair Store opened. Within the three locations, we have Taylore Jemi, Styles By Angelia. Read more>>

Kanithea Powell

I grew up in Eatonville, Florida, the oldest black-owned and operated city in the county. I was a country girl with a huge imagination and big dreams. I loved the arts and got started early. I wrote my first play at 15 and cast my siblings and the neighborhood kids for the show. We performed it in our church competition for Halloween and won. Read more>>

Raeshelle Torres

I started out going to college to get my general business degree, in the middle of my Junior year I lost my father which put me in a financial bind because I had no student loans or financial aid to help me finish my final year. I had no knowledge of how to handle my own bills. Read more>>

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