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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.

Meya Wright

I have always been interested in natural hairstyles. I never was a big fan of hair sprays, gels and sculpted styles that surpassed 2 weeks. When I was in the 9th grade, I started braiding hair on the neighbor down the street who had straight textured hair. Read more>>

Savannah Fields

Modeling didn’t make its way back into my life until my college years. It was a way for me to not only express myself but also break out my shell. Modeling gave a new found confidence. Read more>>

Kierra Lanice Wray

I’ve known that I wanted to be in the fashion and beauty industry since I was a little girl. My grandmother was a seamstress and local designer and her mother, my great-grandmother was a celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist for The May Company in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Aneisha Muhammad

Honey Dip Yoni Spa was born from my own personal experiences with painful periods and irregular menstruation. I was looking for a holistic way to resolve the trouble I was experiencing and remembered a woman mentioning vaginal steaming to me as a teenager. Read more>>

La’Tonia Nichols

The makeup needs you and not the other way around. I use my platform as a tool for ministry for Beauty. I will continue to grow in this filed not by man but by God himself alone. Read more>>

Lala Musgrove

Will I started my business right after I just got a new job after not having one for almost a year. And the Reason why I started is because I no longer wanted to allow anyone to take away my livelihood . I work so hard building It. Read more>>

Tessa Holzworth

I loved doing my friends hair and makeup on the bus as we were on our way with my cheer squad to go cheer at the high school football game. So, I felt like I was meant to do hair from a young age. Read more>>

Patti Sappington

From My Heart Designs (FMH) was started as a collaboration between three friends. Debi Sullivan is the owner Glass Mermaids, a nautical themed gift, and housewares shop. Read more>>

Nina Harrison

In 2015, life had thrown me a few curve balls and sucker punches and I was in the process of rediscovering my joy. My blog became a way for me to share the highs and lows of life and how to find and give joy along the way. Read more>>

Sara Randell

Makeup has and always will be a passion for me. I remember it started with my mother teaching me what she knew when I was 12, and it just blossomed from there. Read more>>

Jezreel Lopezvito

The first time I laid my eyes on a fashion magazine I was hooked. It fascinates me how an ensemble of clothes can make or break a person’s appearance. Determined, I started experimenting with my own clothes. Read more>>

Leticia Nancy Mendoza

I began dreaming of opening up my own little cake shop; I knew I had the skills to manage a team of people and I always felt that I had an eye for design. My passion grew for crafting beautiful cakes. Read more>>

Maranda Evans

I spent most of my teenage life depressed and suicidal. In April of 2014, I wrote my first book entitled, Troubled. It started as just a journal to release the pain that I had been carrying for ten years. Read more>>

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