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Trailblazers: Sugar Land

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

Kemi Yemi-Ese

Creating art was such a strong coping tool for me, and I want to give others the same opportunity to heal from trauma through creative visual expression. I entered my art in several exhibitions across the country, participated in group shows, and put together a solo show; all while earning my master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Read more>>


My goal has always been to learn/be love and sing. Along the way, Inspire Love Dream became a mantra for me and decided to share this. Essentially, I wanted this to be a collaborative environment for those of us who wanted to explore our gifts with others built on fundamentals of communalism. Read more>>

Chioma Onukwuire

Growing up, I attended a very Nigerian church, and many people wore traditional clothing., Everyone, except my mom. One day, someone asked why my mom did not wear traditional garb since she is from Nigeria. She simply said the money she used for one Nigerian outfit; she could buy two outfits from her local store. She was right with the expensive shipping and long wait times; it was not convenient to get Nigerian clothing. Also, growing up, I remembered that the clothing did not have a standardized sizing and many would not properly fit me. Read more>>

Melissa Alakayi

I have always had a passion for both food and fashion, with the cooking being instilled in me and the fashion developing as I grew up. Growing up, my cousins and I would always watch “Rachel Ray’s 30-minute meals” on the food network and would reenact creating our own meals. Read more>>

Deanna Davis

I love giving patients who once feared dental work, a new experience in which they now feel comfortable seeing me regularly. I seek to incorporate new technologies to continuously improve the patient experience. Read more>>

Kisa Williams

I have and amazing, inspiring story about my fashion journey and my journey about living with a chronic disease ( life expectancy for a woman living with my disease is 36, I’m 47 so I feel very blessed)! Sickle Cell Disease affects over 100,000 people a year. Read more>>

Ashley Avila

Knowing the hair industry was my passion, giving up was not an option. With the support of family and friends, they influenced me to open my own mini-salon. In 2015, Sugar Land Drybar offered mainly blowouts. The motivate of my company was to bring a blow-dry/blowout service to the Sugar Land area. Read more>>

Aimée M. Everett

I am originally from New Orleans a city that inspires creativity. I have always been drawn to art and self-expression. Read more>>

Ashley Aminah

Ashley coaches at the Art Institute of Houston’s Fashion Club, educating them on understanding the business of their craft. With five years into the industry she has learned one thing as constant, creatives are simply creatives. Not all of us come equipped for business. Ashley is changing this narrative, one creative at a time. Read more>>

Kween Klarke

I launched Kween to Queen. We are building a new generation of teen girls who are committed to becoming their best self, to live their best life, and reign like they mean it. Teen girls do not have to repeat the same cycle as some of us adults: rebellious, lost teenagers that transition into broken, empty adults. Read more>>

Leigh Ann Chatagnier

On, I focus on healthy family friendly meals that are easy to whip up on any busy weeknight! I fully understand the chaos of life and want to make it easy for people to cook real food to feed their family! My passion is to help others get comfortable in the kitchen cooking food that is good for them too! Read more>>

Whitney Harding

HSignature Designs initially began simply because I love creating something from nothing. I love the whole process of taking an idea and watching it come to life. I was always designing and creating the decor for parties, re-finishing and re-purposing furniture and decorating my house as well as others. Read more>>

Ashlie De Crosta

DeCrosta Beauty started about 2 years ago after I had my eyelash extensions removed. During the time when I had them, I was having issues with the glue. It was making my eyes very sensitive and watery. I was so obsessed with eyelash extensions that I did not want to give them up and actually committed to getting them done for a year. Read more>>

Asra Khan

When I moved to Los angels I started working as a makeup artist at a leading retailer. From there I helped my family and friends to get ready for their events as I did get my formal training overseas as a teenager. Something inside me never gave up my love for makeup artistry. Read more>>

Jasmine Elias Boswell

As I blogged about my adventures, I had no clue how much I was going to fall in love with storytelling. Experiencing my adventures was one thing, sharing them and being able to experience them with others was another. Read more>>

Faith VanderMolen

I used to think vegans were crazy and I vowed to never cut out meat or dairy from my diet. However, after doing more research and learning the benefits of a plant-based diet, I ended up going vegan cold turkey overnight. Read more>>

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