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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.

Meg Ellis

I love my story! Ultimately, I hope my story can help inspire others to go down a similar path that will lead to their own happiness, just as I have found. I am the Instructor Manager (and Lead Instructor) for CycleBar Sawyer Heights, and I can say with extreme honesty and passion that I love my job and what I get to do each and every day. Read more>>

Cheryl Rose

Tarot was presented to me by a top astrologist who read my entire natal chart and found them useful to my spiritual expansion. He said I know exactly how to use them and he was RIGHT! Today, at the age of 28, I have my own business, I’ve been doing tarot and palm readings for over three years, I’ve been making custom Crystal jewelry for over four and doing energetic healing for over five years – all while being fashion forward! Read more>>

Maria Alonso

Makeup artist, beauty, fashion, mother and wife. In my early 20s, I start doing my friend’s makeup and sharing images with product details. Gaining clients, friends of friends! Creating my Makeup/Fashion and beauty page on social media has to give n me the opportunity to grow. And encourage women to do it all. Read more>>

Yogi Jaz Porter

My personal practice revealed a new level of appreciation for the present, so much so that I left the workforce and immersed myself into an instructor training. I felt like I had learned tools to change the quality of my entire human experience; tools that were applicable to anyone at any point in their life. I began to build a brand that teaches those tools. I was connected to the owner of the District Art Gallery and created The Art of Yoga. Read more>>

Marcie Aguayo

My little business has grown into something I could have never expected and I know God has more in store. I always had a mind for creating things, I just never knew what it could turn into. My grandmother taught me the basic hand stitch and straight stitch with a 1900s sewing machine that stopped working after a couple of goes.  Read more>>

Kristin Coronado

There were so many things I had said I wanted to do with my life and somehow, I had lost the urge and courage to even try. One day, I had enough, I was dreadfully walking to my car at 7 am to endure the city’s commute to a job, I felt trapped in thinking to myself “Is this it? Is this my life?” I knew if I didn’t take a chance right then, I would never take it and live to regret. Read more>>

Monica Terry

I came to realize I was not only obsessed with being a mother but I was also obsessed with being behind the camera and freezing life. I soon began offering free photo sessions to other mothers and from that, I got more and more experience, not just with taking pictures but connecting to other people on a level I never had before. Read more>>

Kalia Hattori

I wanted to create a space where I could combine both these interests, hence began The Noble Fox Shop. Our journey has been very gradual and ever-evolving, but our core interests remain. Today, we have grown with the support of our community and hope to keep spreading positivity on a larger scale. Read more>>

India Bridges

I always stay focused and still managed to be one of the top 3 stylists on the island. I continued to grow my brand with my talent because in the end that’s all my clients cared about. Those who knew me personally knew not to believe what others were saying. I then moved to Texas and made a name for myself within one year. Read more>>

Erinne Lester

The other things I was into growing up included video games, Japanese animation, and traveling. When I was in high school, I was officially with a mood disorder that constantly got in the way of my success. In college I found myself working at a cosmetics company called Lush. I was an avid fan of their products and found that I enjoyed selling them to people. Read  more>>

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