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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.

Melissa Stuart

The first years of her life were plagued by chronic illness and subsequent surgery, the abandonment of her father, date rape by a family friend, and years of being made fun of for being a small, late bloomer and sucking her thumb until she was going into ninth grade. When she entered her senior year of high school, she started dating a guy that was a few years older than her and felt like a cool kid for the first time in her life. Read more>>

Sarah Bosenbury

Barn Shark is a little thought that’s always been in the back of my mind. I never knew what it would be called or how it would become a business but I knew I had a passion for a certain type of lifestyle and I wanted to be successful while helping others grow. Read more>>

Michelle Anyanwu

I fell in love with makeup at early age and I’ve never looked back since. I’ve always known whatever I did in the future would evolve around the creativity of makeup and the promotion of self-love and kindness. The two things I have always wanted was to tie in beauty with mental awareness. As in make you feel your beauty on both the inside and out. Read more>>

Tia Williams

I found my creative niche while podcasting about entertainment and politics and began blogging about victims of Police brutality. That kind of pain began hard to research daily so I decided to start writing about lighter topics and used my blog Mind of a Black Girl to explore things like dating. Read more>>

Holly Bollinger

I started in photography and graphic design as a hobby and I’ve always enjoyed creating design pieces and capturing moments to help tell stories. My hobby turned into part-time work that allowed me to both stay home when I became a Mom and grow in my skill set as a designer. Read more>>

Jenna Rosee

I’ve been influenced around music all my life. It runs in the family! My dad wanted to be a singer but coming from a Nigerian background his parents didn’t let him. As a kid I always loved to entertain people with my voice. I wrote my first song when I was in the third grade and kept writing ever since. Read more>>

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