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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.

Tiffany McHenry

Hearing these beautiful stories truly brings joy to my heart knowing that by me following what the Lord put on my heart changed not only my life but also the lives of so many other women around me. I’m a firm believer in letting people see your scars because you never know what impact it could make on someone else’s life. Read more>>

Rosalind Gaither

I sell fashion fabrics, mostly natural fibers, and fabrics for special occasions as well as notions and a popular pattern magazine. Most of the fabrics are from designers leftover fabrics at the end of the fashion season. Read more>>

Rosario Sa

Even though my background it’s in politics there was always that creativity side that fashion of beauty that I really enjoyed. That’s when Pink to Tango was born, started as a creative outlet that quickly turned into a business opportunity. Read more>>

Dawn Richardson

My photography journey began when I was working as a software engineer for a large insurance company. I really love my job, my craft and the people I worked with, but one day, a co-worker IM-ed me a link to a refurbished entry level camera on Groupon. Read more>>

Sarah Elizabeth

I started in 2013 on my own. Within 10 months I quit my full time job, opened up a tiny studio, 10 months later moved into a 3000 sq foot studio in Richmond and was there for 3 years. I added more members to the SEEM team. Read more>>

Mercedes Johnson

For as long as I could remember I have always been int beauty. Growing up I watched my mother do all these different things with her hair and my sister as well. My sister of course being younger, was more into weaves and braids and all that so I would watch her do her own hair and makeup. Read more>>

Jenna Lynn

I got into music in the lobby of my dad’s restaurant playing this old upright piano when I was around 10 years old. Around the same time in 5th grade I remember choosing electives for middle school. Read more>>

Lashanta Sonnier

My journey started approximately 2010 when I was really into the modeling industry. I began to fall in love with makeup. I began to attend workshops, extensive research, training and practiced along the years and here I am. The beauty industry is really thriving and I’m happy to be a part of it. Read more>>


My dad said to me, “You know, if you aspire to have your own little school house like this one day, it can happen. You need to work hard and never let go of your dream.” That created a vision in my mind that I held on to throughout the years. Read more>>

Yasmine Kenawi

It’s really been quite a journey but with patience and hard work, I was finally able to land super exciting brand deals. About a year ago, I got featured on a highway bill board with Coca Cola Egypt, as well as collaborating with brands like VALENTINO, Coach, and Daniel Wellington. Read more>>

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