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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.

La’Shay Gray

Business was really good, but I wanted to go further. I moved to Houston in 2016. It was a bit overwhelming at first being in a big city and not knowing anyone. Social media and referrals helped me grows my clientele. I’m just getting started, I have so much more to do and further to go. Read more>>

Keitha Dendy

Keitha realized that as moms we put aside our own passions to help our kids find their own. And self-care though it should be first, was always last on the list. She told herself no more will she have 1 million things she pinned on Pinterest she wanted to craft but never finding the time to complete any of them. Read more>>

Tiwalade Adeniji-adele

Despite my experience, I was opportune with a community outside of women that believed in me. Adeiur is just another way that I am passing that baton. I want women to know that they can step out of that cycle and empower other women to follow suit. Read more>>

Tasha Waddy

I fell in love with Dance around the age of 7. I began taking dance lessons, and by the time I was in high school, I was choreographing for the competitive cheer squad that I was apart of. After high school, a few years passed and I had my son. Read more>>

Astarie Dennis

Ladybug Suds and Sundries started eight years ago with a desire to provide my then baby son with products that didn’t cause his skin to flare up. He was reacting to certain diapers, creams, wipes, everything! I had knowledge of natural products as I was raised on natural pathic methods. Read more>>

Sloane Ivy

Truthfully, talking/speaking, in general, has always been my favorite thing to do and something I have done very well from a young age. As I grew older, I began to understand the influence and power you can have just by speaking your truth and using your voice to help others, and that is what solidified my purpose/passion. In 2015 I started my youtube channel ‘Conversations with Sloane Ivy’ a web show where I interviewed a variety of people on lifestyle topics from health, sports to fashion and art. Combining my love of meeting new people and using my voice to share other people’s stories is something that brings me great joy. Read more>>

Shani Williams

With my engineering ability to create and design, I developed a niche for sketching a creating flawless faces. I have an ability to interpret the makeup requirements of clients to produce both a creative and technically accurate visual representation. Read more>>

Bianca Jones

Found it difficult getting the type of job I wanted, especially living Houston. I decided to start my blog because I knew it would be a great way to not only express my style but get my foot into the fashion industry. Read more>>


I have been getting my hair done by a stylist name Rochelle for over 9 years. Since early 2016, she was talking to me about how beautiful “Ankara” clothes were and how she will love to have some at her boutique. Ankara is a type of fabric that is usually colorful and vibrant. Read more>>

Crystal Washington-Auzenne

I’m blessed with loyal clients and being a full time professional event planner is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I love this profession where I am today yet I know the best is yet to come. At every event you will see my character of dedicated, professional, elegant and exquisite, hard work that I’m truly proud to represent. Read more>>

Chrishaundra Webster

I knew at a young age that hair was something I wanted to do. I use to go to the shop with my aunt and being the environment showed me this was something I wanted for ever. But after a couple of years in college I began to work in retail. Read more>>

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