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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.

Sandra Hernandez

I knew at a very young age, all I wanted to do was help people. When I was in elementary school, I jumped from wanting to be a firefighter to a doctor and even a lawyer. Now, as an adult, I can clearly see that my ambition in life was just to purely “help” people in whatever I can. Read more>>

Luisa Babarczy

As cheesy at it sounds, I’ve always been a stylist at heart. When I and my friends got to the age of dressing up and going out, I would ask them to come over to get ready at my house so I could make sure that I could change, edit or add accessories to their looks before leaving the house. Read more>>

Emily Travis

While closing out my time at Baylor University and pursuing graduate school at University of Texas School of Public Health, my insight grew on how relationships with food, exercise, and body image can affect one’s overall wellbeing. I wanted to make a change for the better, not only for myself but for those, I would encounter throughout my nutrition career as well. Read more>>

Laura Lim

It wasn’t until her team’s top leader spoke live on Facebook that I was compelled to just stop thinking, doubting, being afraid and just to do it. I immediately called up my coworker and asked her how I could get started in this business, even though I was scared, hesitant, doubtful and had no clue how to run any type of business. Read more>>

Courtney and Brittany Cross, Ashley Breaux

Since we are all sisters, we thought it would be a great idea to do something that involved what we all love, which is dogs! We wanted to help the community and service everyone. Dog grooming isn’t very popular in all areas, so why not spoil your dog and we come to you. Read more>>

Geroldine Contrasto

I came from what I consider the result of the most romantic love story ever told, followed by lots of love, obstacles, and some misfortunes. Mom from Mexico, born and raised and Dad Italian living in Canada, met on one of his trips to Acapulco, Mexico. She was only 19 and was working at a jewelry store when my dad noticed her beauty, It was love at first sight. Read more>>

Matilde Caceres

I  loved how my mom would come up with new looks for New Year’s Eve. My mom would say, even if you are staying home for your new year’s, one has to dress up to receive the next year fashionably. I loved going through the leftover scraps of fabrics and re-designing my Barbie doll’s clothes. Read more>>

Sarah Grimes

I am a fashion/commercial model and actress. My specialty is being able to move behind the camera and give a range of poses. I am kind, determined,motivated, curious, and play well with others.I pride myself on being able to stick to my morals in an industry where limits are pushed. Read more>>

Vi Thuy Dinh

I’m just a normal human like me and you with an absolutely normal life who is juggling between being a single mother, full time registered nurse, and blogger with a passion for fashion. My life revolves around true feelings, true struggles, and true inspirations. I am 31 years old, born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. Read more >>

Alexandra Kontrimas

I am primarily a visual artist, working from small scale to large murals. I use inks, watercolors, acrylics, and aerosols. I take a lot of pride in the way I handle commissions and contracts. Healthy business relationships and clear communication are very important to me. Read more>>

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