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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.

Misty Campbell

My personal journey into the fashion world started with my experience working as a model with the Neal Hamil modeling agency here in Houston back in 2005. My modeling opportunities would lend me to lots of promotional modeling, print work, short films, and music videos. More times than none, for auditions and casting calls, clients would give us a guideline for what they wanted us to wear and left us to create our own looks within those parameters. Read more>>

Nour Haikal

When I started college in 2016, I was the 1st generation daughter of two Syrian immigrants and a very timid and anxious girl who had underestimated herself in everything. Being bold was not something I thought I was capable of. That fall, the refugee crisis was at its peak, and as a Syrian, I was trying to find my purpose in America. Read more>>

Brianna Kelley

I am always asked by clients, “What made you start doing makeup?” I started doing makeup up 7 1/2 years ago. I have always been creative as a child. While other kids played outside, I was always inside crafting. Around the age of 20, I struggled with real heavy insecurities. I just wasn’t confident in myself. Read more>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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