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Trailblazers: South Loop

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

Natasha Valdez

I’m Natasha Valdez, and I’m 23 years old, a wife and mother. I started blogging about 3 years ago to share my favorite fashion items, and it grew into family and lifestyle! One thing I always told myself was that I’d always be true to myself and share the good and bad things. Read more>>

Aliana Stafford

My love for fashion and style began when I was a very young child. My mother and grandmother were some of the most well dressed women I knew; because of this aesthetics have always been an important part of my up bringing. My suffering through getting my hair pressed by my grandmother. Read more>>

Crystal Kelly

My motivation to triumph against all odds began as a teenager who grew up in Sunnyside, TX. I worked at Chuck E. Cheese at the young age of 15 and transitioned to employment at a well-known Pipeline Company through my high school’s Co-Op program. Read more>>

Nisha Deanne Randle

I have always had a passion for fashion! In 2013 after completing my military service in the US Navy, I moved to Houston from my hometown Killeen Texas. In 2017 while working in the oil & gas corporate industry, I started a YouTube channel documenting my weight loss journey. Read more>>

Contressa Watts

I started hanging in the kitchen when I was younger with my mom, Vanessa Watts Houston. Watching her prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and something sweet which my sister and I could never wait for. We always got to lick the bowls and spoons once she was done inspired me to go further in life with baking. Read more>>

Chelsie Ward

I grew up on a typical Standard American Diet, but we were blessed with fresh farm foods, straight out of my grandparents garden. Like many of you, I also had a lot of those fast food items growing up and even snacked regularly on candy bars and sodas. Read more>>

Jaquel Williams

Growing up, hair was always a big part of my life. Hair was my 1st passion and it gave me an outlet to express my self. When I graduated high school, I went straight to beauty school where I started a mobile salon business. I would go to clients’ homes and do their hair and makeup. Read more>>

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