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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.

Sanah Sadaruddin

After ten years of working in PR on clients like Citibank during Occupy Wall Street and Shell Oil & Gas during the energy market crash, I left the big agency world and created Creative Grammar at the age of 28 – bringing the subscription based model to the PR world. Read more>>

Anadeli Javiel

Everything started when I was 15 years old. We have a huge family and would always get invited to big events. I would have aunts and cousins come to my house for me to do their makeup, of course, I was young, but my passion for makeup didn’t stop me there. Read more>>

Addie Allen

I started out when I was 15 years old, I was in cosmetology school during high school! We had an event where local salon owners came to see our portfolios and work one night and I caught a very popular salon owners attention with my makeup. She wanted me on board with her team! I stayed at the salon for a year and decided I felt it was time to freelance. Read more>>

Susie Lujano

Being an immigrant, I thought that higher education was unattainable for me and that work opportunities would be limited. Because my parents have taught me what it means to work hard and go after your dreams, I have had incredible job opportunities and I am now also going after my dream of writing my own blog and making it a business of my own. Read more>>

Jennifer McDougald

I have always possessed the entrepreneurial spirit and embraced taking risks and trying new things, so I always knew that one day I would own my own business, but it took me years to discover what type of business I would be successful with. I wanted to find something I was truly passionate about. Read more>>

Duc Hoang

Two years ago, I decided to start my own food page after being inspired by a foodie from Japan. The photography side of it really intrigued me to join this platform and one of the biggest reasons why I decided to do this. I started to take off on my own and eventually gained a huge amount of following in Houston. Read more>>

Irina Borodina

I’m from Russia and I live and work in Houston. My career began in 2006 and quality is extremely important to me. I create hairstyles and makeup, and I absolutely love my work. For as long as I can remember, art has been a huge part of my life. I received an education in art and decided to specialize in hair and make-up. Read more>>

Christina Gomez

My inspiration for starting up my business happened when a friend and I bought a Tie Dye Kit at the local store. It was fun, no matter how amateur we were our creations were great. I decided to buy more kits and along the way, it just developed into a hobby. I started posting my creations online and started asking my followers if they would buy my creations! Thus, my business started, it was also a way for me to contribute to my family. Read more>>

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