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Trailblazers: Outside 610

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 Outside 610 that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Shauna French

We are a small Texas Veteran family owned business. My husband and I hand make and sell rustic decor boxes made from reclaimed wood. We literally started making these boxes after finding some old fence wood. It sat in the garage for over a month until I asked my husband if he could make me a wood box out of it. He made one and I loved it. Read more>>

Catherine Smith

I have always had a passion for hair and makeup since I was a child, but never realized, I wanted to make a career out of it until I was in business school at Texas A&M University. I worked part time as a receptionist at a hair salon assisting customers in picking out hair products that were the best fit for their hair. Read more>>

Tiffany Franklin

I started Tiffani Eyez Makeup Artistry back in 2006 and branded Tema Cosmetics in 2016. This a makeup artistry serving makeup application, makeup classes, makeup consultation services and cosmetics. I pride myself on serving all ladies from all cultures and generations. Read more>>

Karen Layne

I’ve always been a super active person, as in, I’m always “doing” something. I lived on my bicycle as a kid. As an adult with adult responsibilities, I’ve had seasons where I was less physically active than others, mainly because I didn’t have the time or was occupied with other things. I’m also a hobby-ist. I have many interests: painting, drawing, crocheting, knitting, sewing, crafts, woodwork, cooking, etc. Read more>>

Ashley Cardenas

I started working for Innovative Looks while I was a senior in high school. My training with them lasted for about a year and some creative differences lead to me getting let go and going to work in the Woodlands. I had a brief interlude at another small salon before opening my own suite for a year. Read more>>

Tasnim Haleem

I don’t remember a time that food wasn’t my favorite thing. I started cooking when I was about 5 years old and though food had slowly moved to the back burner (hah!) as I grew older, I recently had what I think of now as the perfect slump in my life. It gave me the time I never had to actually think hard about my future and what I wanted to get out of it. Read more>>

El Ciammaichella

The best thing I did was start small and grow into the market. I started with two items and good customer service. Based on how that went, I decided to add other items to the store. I saved the money made by the store to invest in it further. By doing it this way, I did not require any loans, which was a huge relief to me. Read more>>

Holli May Thomas

My advice to young women would be to seek mentors in your chosen field and to ask for advice and to emulate what they are doing. I struggled with this when I was younger because I never wanted to ask for help and insisted on doing everything on my own because of my pride and stubbornness. Read more>>

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