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Trailblazers: Stafford

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

Gernisha Marshall

I first got into makeup when I was pregnant with my son and was not liking some changes in my physical face features, and it made fall in love with makeup. Months later, I lost my son and felt like my world had crashed. Despite the pain, when I put on makeup, it makes me feel happy on the inside. This is when I knew makeup was a passion and I never wanted to stop doing it. After a few years of perfecting doing makeup on myself, I began servicing other people. It wasn’t as simple as when I did makeup on myself, so I took a break, took a class to better my craft, and the rest is history. Read more>>

Embler Igwe

I’d never really thought I had a story to tell, but after looking back on how far I’ve come, it almost seemed like a disservice to God to not give him all of the glory. I didn’t start my journey as a blogger or anything close to it. My background is in health. Read more>>

Leah Gonzales

Life Skills House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization that is dedicated to addressing the issue of generational poverty. Our focus is on multicultural young single moms and pregnant women from economically challenged backgrounds. Read more>>

Crystal Ngumezi

I am blessed to be a blessing to so many men and women who come across my story online, become clients or students of my businesses, and meet me in person at events. The stories others share with me remind me why I do what I do – to help people. Read more>>

Ja’leah ( The Mediaeyecon

See, my mind was not expecting where I am today. The goal was to have my very own talk show. So, I pursued my degree in Mass Communications at Stephen F Austin State University and graduated with my bachelors in Mass Communications in May of 2014. Read more>>

Keda Sharber

The biggest storm of my life happened in 2008. It was a year that flipped my world upside down. Although words were not enough to express what I was feeling, the emotions were too intense to keep bottled up. Read more>>

Bri’Ann Stephens

My entire life, I have been a social butterfly. I have always been surrounded by many people — being the party girl. A couple of years ago, I considered myself the life of the party. Eventually, that lifestyle took a toll on me and in 2015, I found myself depressed. Read more>>

Onyi Azih

I yearned to create my own online community where I could always connect with other women no matter where I was. A desire to tell my authentic and unique story, showing other busy women that they too can balance life beautifully. Read more>>

Tavia Shanks-Solari

Now I take that same love, enthusiasm, and encouragement with my business Motivating Muscles which focuses on health and wellness incorporating massage therapy, fitness and a healthier lifestyle. Read more>>

Jasmin Lafond

I found my passion for hair at the age of seven or eight years old. My and sister Jessica and I would always get out hair braided for summers. One day, I grabbed my cabbage patch doll and started to braid. It’s hilarious because my mom didn’t think I had done it, so she took it down and did again for her, but, of course, it wasn’t so neat. Read more>>

Patty Camacho

I started out designing jewelry, it was a growing business and I really enjoyed it but when social media started growing I realized I needed photos of my work. Read more>>

Chassidy Mayo

I’ve always had a passion for all things in the world of beauty. I started doing my own makeup in the 7th grade due to early puberty. I used makeup to enhance my beauty and help with my self-esteem. Read more>>

Jasmin Lafond

I found my passion for hair at the age of seven or eight years old. My and sister Jessica and I would always get out hair braided for summers. Read more>>

Kenné Johnson

I had a passion for strip eyelashes. Everywhere I went women would stop me and ask where I come to my lashes. I soon decided to start my own 3D eyelash line (e-commerce website) seeing how popular they were among women. Read more>>

Charity Garrido

When I decided to become an entreprenuer, after having my 3rd baby girl in 2015, it really was the perfect fit. Being in charge of my own business, and deciding when and where I wanted to “work” that day. Read more>>

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