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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.

Blaine Ochoa

My blog, Beauty With Blaine, was inspired by the first article I wrote for one of the magazines. I also am a professional in the media industry, working as an account executive for a television station in Beaumont, TX. Read more>>

Bri Braggs

I began to post what I was learning and researching on Instagram and began to attract clients that needed help balancing hormones and getting pregnant. In the beginning, I made custom essential oil blends for my clients and one particular formula worked really well. Read more>>

Monica Zoubovsky

I have always been a curious woman that loves to learn and try new things. I love crafting and enjoy so much creating new things. I married into a family of beekeepers, so having all this honey around made me realize the benefits of honey when applied to the skin. Read more>>

Shannelle (Lindsay) Strimple

Being dissatisfied with the options, I decided to take a completely different path. After quite a bit of research, I found myself formulating my own all-natural concoctions with the intent to just soothe my skin because the other methods seemed futile for any long-term help. Read more>>

Christine Ho

I wasn’t always in design. My background was finance and I worked as an accountant straight from college. I quickly found out that accounts payable and accounts receivable was not my calling. I was craving something that spoke to my heart, something that I was passionate about. Read more>>

Shayna Toledo

After working in a Montrose salon, I landed in the Heights at La Paz Day Spa & Salon. I have my own website, branding, and booth, essentially running my own business. I love doing vivid colors and Balayage along with short edgy cuts. Read more>>

Kelsea Vaughan

After graduating from Texas A&M and getting married, I moved down to the “middle-of-no-where”, Texas. I really wanted to work for a Corporate Event Planning Firm, but I lived an hour and half from the nearest city, San Antonio. The idea of commuting 3 hours every day did not seem appealing. Read more>>

Vy Ngo|

I rediscovered my creative voice and began painting. I had to redefine myself by what it means to live life fully. I had to reconnect with my heart and find the passion I once had through artistic expression. And once I started, I couldn’t stop. It was like the floodgates opened and decades of life experience came pouring out onto canvas. Read more>>

Sophia Harewood

When I said I want to manufacture my line in the US again I heard that I won,t make money & that is not how it is done. but it’s what I feel I should do,that is my social responsibility so it is what I do. I am looking forward to the future where I marry to of my loves together. Read more>>

Elmesha Davis

I’ve always strived to lead by an example. At an early age I began working in the church as Sunday school teacher and mentor in my community. I moved from Bryan, Tx to DFW area to attend college and at that time I defined the person that I am today. Read more>>

Elaine Turner

I grew up in Texas and come from a family of entrepreneurs. My Mother Marlaine is my muse and instilled in me a strong sense of style, and even more importantly, she also instilled in me a strong appreciation for fashion and honored it as an art form. Read more>>

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