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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.

Shanecha Quentero

I started out as a cosmetology student, I attended Paul Mitchell the school of Houston. In the middle of my school year, I realized that everyone is always so focused on hair, fashion, and crazy makeup but no one every focused on skin. Many of the girls we’re great at doing their makeup but struggled with the concerns of the issues they faced with their skin. Read more>>

Kaitlin Smith

I went to college, immediately after high school, to pursue a nursing degree. I thought it was the only way to go since I always loved the idea of helping others and saving lives. However, I hated college. Nothing about attending made me happy – the classes, the people, the atmosphere. I remember going home and crying, almost daily, about how miserable I was while pursuing a career that I had no real attachment to. Read more>>

Jackie Hardee

Being “the deaf girl” in the hearing world was a challenging experience. I was profoundly deaf until I received Esteem Ear Implants when I was 17 years old. Inside Edition did a story on my implant procedure; you can see it on YouTube. I graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders. My goal is is to inspire people and to let people know everything happens for a reason. we are all unique for a reason and we should never compare ourselves to other people. There is no such thing as “normal.” Read more>>

Latisha Prudhomme

I have changed a lot of women’s lives I’m forever grateful for that. I look forwarded to many more years to come in this industry. My dream is to become a celebrity makeup artist, travel the world and build my own brand so I can have something to pass down to my daughter !! I want to be a legend in this makeup world leave my mark!! Read more>>

Athena Laster

I’m an artist with many canvases and Entrepreneur. Specifically, I’m known as a retired professional makeup artist, a master natural hair stylist, a product creator, and a culinary creative. I know myself to be a visionary and businesswoman. Read more>>

Crystal Bosquez

Unsure where to begin, but one thing certain, I have found a purpose for the pain, strength for the struggle, and faith for the fight to this beautiful life. I am a third generation Texan, who grew up on solid loving foundation and was given the resources to become successful. Read more>>

Vanessa Williams

I am now living the life I feel destined to be living. I am truly grateful to God, the Universe and my ancestors for blessing me with the strength and wisdom. I am equally grateful for my daughter for motivation and the drive to live our best lives! Read more>>

Amanda Marie Wilkinson

From the beginning of my time, my personal walk through this journey of life has been made of milestones that I proudly acknowledge and give thanks for who and where I am today. I have never been introduced to anything that came any less than difficult but with each trial, my end results came a bit easier each time. Read more>>

Anya Willoughby

I became especially friendly and developed relationships with the Internist next door and the radiology department so that if we had a woman with blood pressure issues or any issue we could get her in to see them right away. I knew it would be another 2-4 months before we would see her again and who knows what would happen to her at that time. Read more>>

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>>

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