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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.

Serena Paris

Trying to please everyone is a losing battle, so do what’s right for you. Take criticism, take positive feedback and use that to help build your character. I wish I would have learned that not everyone in your “circle” really will support you or have your best interests. Read more>>

Tiffanee Buffalo

I’ve always been a lover of beauty, fashion, and arts. During college years, I modeled for locals boutiques and stylists. The art of makeup has always been fascinating to me. Transforming a woman’s look into an exquisite work of art and later capturing her beauty in still mode was a gift I sought to master. Read more>>

Princess Gbugu

There will be highs and there will be lows. The important thing is that you understand your purpose and you keep pushing forward. It’s easy just to give up when things aren’t going as planned, but when you reflect on when your business was at a high, you remember why you started. Read more>>

Emem Washington

My journey of self-discovery has been good to me. In the last few years, I have been fortunate to accomplish several of my goals. In 2017, I released my first CD “Rebirth.” In 2018, I also became a first-time author, co-authoring an anthology “Women of Purpose” and publishing my book “Rise from the Shadows.” I recently also created a journal for moms of angel babies (babies who are now in heaven). Read more>>

Dr. Charlene Lawson

I want all women to realize that you do not have to sacrifice your style for success or authenticity for ambition. Since launching Style Chemistry Consulting, I’ve styled women in-person in the Houston area and virtually across North America. I’ve also been featured in several magazines, on television and become a sought after speaker. Read more>>

Jacqueline Barbery

I would much rather play outside with my brothers. As I started to grow up, my curiosity for “girly” things grew. I started to wear makeup little by little, nothing crazy, just mascara and a bit of foundation. A very, very, very bad eyebrow waxing experience is what really pushed me into makeup. Read more>>

Lucinda Cortez

I am a very proud mother, my children worked part-time jobs while going to school to provide for their own career choices they have. Before I married my husband Roy, I was a single mom working two jobs, trying to stay on life survival mode, trying to keep food on the table. Read more>>

Decker Walters

For the first time in my life, I had people telling me how awesome I was. I was not raised with a mom and a dad who had this amazing marriage, I moved constantly, like 2+ times a year. I really didn’t have great role models and if I am honest, there wasn’t much praise for a job well done. BUT in the gym, people loved me. They liked my music and fun I had leading classes, they loved my goofiness and my can-do attitude. Read more>>

Quiana Woods

I didn’t know my life would be changed forever as I sat in this “group interview” about the multi level-sales industry. Of course, my first thoughts were this is too good to be true and it may be a scam, lol. However, I didn’t believe this guy would be interested in scamming me so I indulged in the possibilities. Because I had been battling with actually going back to school to appease my family. Read more>>

Gavina De Leon

Writing has always been a part of my life. I started writing poetry at a very young age, but there are only a handful of people who have read all of my work. I suppose fear is ultimately the main reason that I’ve kept most, if not everything I’ve written to myself. Read more>>

Brittany Davila

I always have said to my readers if you’re looking for correct grammar and commas, I’m not your writer. If you’re looking for truth and a reminder that you were created with purpose, click the link. Read more>>

Cisco Tucker

Humanity and the human condition, humor, and exaggeration exist in the content of my work. I love change and challenge, which is why there is such a variety of different styles in my portfolio. I love to observe the simple and also the complexities of life and form. Read more>>

Dr. Jennifer Williams

I met several other folks along the way who wanted to help horses, and we banded together to form a rescue. Several of us later left that organization to form Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, and Bluebonnet has been helping horses throughout Texas since 2005. Read more>>

Casey Cardenas

My class is a mixture of hip hop and stylized jazz. Sometimes I’ll even invite my class to bring their high heels to challenge themselves and spice up the dance just a little bit! I will officially start teaching my dance classes at the end of august. You can follow me on social media to get all the updates! Read more>>

Caitlin Lowry

I do not own my own business, however I have created myself as a petite model. I started off in 2016 by applying to different agencies throughout the Houston area. I only heard on response back for an audition, and I was so excited. Read more>>

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