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Trailblazers: Neartown

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 Neartown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Crystal Hadnott

Started in 2011 by owner, Crystal Hadnott, who experience a life-changing injury that yields her temporarily paralyzed for 6 weeks. Through Pilates therapy, nutrition and other wellness techniques, she regained her ability to not just walk, but run… run over 100 marathons. Read more>>

Alyssa Martin

I grew up sickly and had constant illness as a child, remaining mostly indoors and sediment. In my early twenties,I finally took control of my health through nutrition and began expirementing with all sorts of diet trends and excersise to find what made me feel the healthiest. Read more>>

Jayla Little

I know how cliche it sounds as almost every model in the industry pretty much has the same background story. Ever since I was a child, I was told I should model or I have the legs or the height to walk the runway. I didn’t believe it much, because I never felt that I had the “face” to be on front of a magazine. I’ve heard it countless and countless of times growing up, I’d decided to take it as calling and run with it. Read more>>

Elaine Kuckertz

When I got an iPad a few years ago, I discovered the ArtStudio app, which allowed me to make digital drawings without a dedicated studio space. It also allowed me to produce work during travel. I had built up a substantial body of these works before deciding to print them on to greeting cards to write thank you notes to friends and family. I now sell these blank-inside cards on Etsy. Read more>>

Hope Wills

I didn’t always love yoga but when I finally fell for it, I fell hard. I’ve been practicing and studying since 1999 but I’ve also been an educator all that time as well. After I moved back to Houston and the studio where I was teaching closed in June 2017, I knew it was time to open a studio and I wanted it to feel like home – like a community. It was also important that I somehow connect the work I have done in schools with yoga. Read more>>

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