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Trailblazers: Richmond

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

Chigozie Ohanele

I’m working on a new platform to empower women to share their stories and showcase their gifts with The Modern Woman’s Network and I’ll be transforming my IG Live Interview series “Behind the Magic” into a Podcast to share principles. Read more>>

Sophia Smirnis

I began doing makeup in high school for all of my friends. From then on, I began building my business. I studied marketing, business, and cosmetology. I have always been a perfectionist and paid a lot of attention to detail. Read more>

Preye Nagberi

I have always loved wearing makeup, so a friend suggested I go to a makeup school, so yes, I took to her advice and went to my first my school on 2nd of June 2008, for a one month course in beauty makeup at a house of Tara. Read more>>

Heloisa Valenca

I started working with a makeup and skincare company, fell in love with the beauty industry and wanted to get more specific with makeup and makeup applications, that’s when I started taking makeup classes here in the US and in Brazil (where I am originally from). Read more>>

Andrea Batchelder

I watched tutorial after tutorial and began posting more and more on Instagram. Social media has really became a great platform to express my creativity with makeup. Read more>>

Onome Michelle Nwaneri

It all began in London, 2012. I was pursuing my Master’s degree in HR. My hair was processed, damaged and thin. It didn’t help that I was too busy to pay attention to it either. So, I decided to do the “Big Chop” and start all over. It was a very liberating experience however, I had no backup plan for my hair and I needed to ease into wearing my own natural hair that low. Read more>>

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