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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.

Bri Lewis

I started as a blogger a year ago on February 10, 2020, and it has been the most rewarding experience. I’ve always been one to motivate others but kept myself up at night thinking about how I could touch more people. I lost my father in October 2018 and he was one of my biggest champions for doing what sets my soul on fire. Read more>>

Kendra Hayes

I was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. My Parents worked very hard to ensure that my Sister & I never had to endure the type of upbringing they endured. My Father is from South Central (LA), California, that area is full of gang violence, drug selling. Read more>>

Kayla Ramagos

Since a little girl, I always had an eye for fashion. Whether it was dressing up my Barbie dolls, playing dress up in my mother’s clothes, or simply enjoying the shopping trips where I got to shop ’till I dropped! As I got older, fashion and the way I dressed became apart of my identity. Read more>>

Chasiti Lashay Walker

I grew up singing in the church choir, as many do. However, it wasn’t until 8th grade that I was introduced to anything remotely close to classical music when I joined my middle school choir at Pin Oak Middle School. Even still this was just choral music. Read more>>

Muskan Manzoor

I have loved fashion my whole life. However, growing up in Bangladesh, I wasn’t surrounded by high fashion or glamour magazines. My first peek into style and beauty was through my mom’s red lipstick. I became mesmerized by her classic look. I knew I wanted to be just as stylish as her when I grew up. I saw my chance in 2013. Read more>>

Holly Barber

I have been a teacher for as long as I can remember. I studied and planned to be a doctor, but the universe (and my mother’s prayers) had other ideas. I started as a teaching assistant at an Oklahoma City charter school and soon realized how much I enjoyed the progress that my students were making. Read more>>

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