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Trailblazers: Katy

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.

Jessica “Jazzi” Buckner

I am a lover of music and words. So it was only natural that I found myself in radio. As a kid growing up in Detroit, being an on air personality was all I wanted to do. Throughout the years I took on every opportunity to be a speaker, a host. Read more>>

Roxany Teran

I am from Venezuela, I arrived in this country three and a half years ago, with my family, I am a mother and wife, but about two years ago I started my career as a professional model, of course this passion has not come from a year ago since my childhood. Read more>>

Riley Blanks

I first picked up a camera when I was 15 years old. I had walked through the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara; the hallways were filled with students’ series. What struck me was the storytelling aspect of photography. Read more>>

Martha Garcia

I began practicing martial arts at a very young age under the instruction of my father. I’ve always had that competitive edge. My father would always push me to become better. Fitness was part of our everyday routine. Read more>>

Zina Oduah

The story of how I got started probably would sound a little familiar to you, it started in 2016 at my friend’s apartment in Atlanta one night. I visited my friend Tiara and we had a discussion about creating a skin care product. Read more>>

Ashley Evans

At the age of 19, I was involved in a major car accident after falling asleep at the wheel. I had struggled with anxiety and depression from a young age and was on multiple prescriptions which made me feel drowsy most days. Read more>>

DORAY CASTILLO

I worked in the production of shows for many years in my country Venezuela. Due to the political circumstances I had to get out of there, after my 3 children left my country. I lived for 3 months in London and I arrived in Houston on October 14, 2017 without knowing that I would continue to work with my passion. Read more>>

Janessa Frazier

Once I started posting those pictures people started tell me that I should i start blogging or being an influencer At first I was hesitant to start because i felt like there were already enough people doing it. Around January 2019 I decided to just go for it and haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Marielvi Shadle

I’m originally from Venezuela coming from a family of 1 brother and 2 sisters. I came to the United States 15 years ago, right after I graduated from College as an Agricultural Engineer. I fell in love with a native American who I started a beautiful family with and we had two kids. Read more>>

Paula Urdaneta

Ever since I can remember I have always been a goal-driven person. Growing up as a kid, I was interested in fashion and modeling. My parents have been my biggest supporters since day one and saw my passion from a very young age so, by the age of three. Read more>>

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