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Trailblazers: West 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 West Loop that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

DeAndra Scott

I’ve always known I wanted to be an entertainer from as long as I can remember. I can sit & think of my childhood consisting of church programs, school talent shows & community plays! My mother also did her very best to expose me to the right people but in some way it always fell through. Read more>>

Melody Nebo

I recently launched FEARLESS FACE, a holistic beauty blog/brand in an effort to encourage myself and push me out of my comfort zone all while sharing my abilities as an up-and-coming makeup artist. All my life I’ve had a passion for all things beauty related and saw it as creative form of expression. Read more>>

Melissa Williams Murphy

My interest in childhood creativity and literacy started immediately after graduate school. I had a passion for influencing self-confidence in children, so I started a series of books for upper elementary-aged children called, Iggy the Iguana. They were published through my publishing company. Read more>>


I am an only child to two artists who met at The Ensemble Theater. My childhood was divided between play writing one-man shows to present to my parents out of my bedroom and drawing designs in a binder from sun up to sun down at my grandparent’s house. My mother and I lost my father in 2003. Read more>>

Vanessa Jackson

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I grew up in church so Christ has always been apart of my life. I was very involved in my church, however even though I was in church I still desire the world. So I was living my life as what the Bible calls lukewarm lifestyle. Until when I was 20 years old. Read more>>

Anna De La Rosa

After being a serial entrepreneur for so many years, it has helped me be intentional in making decisions, pressing on in every area of my life even in the midst of battles that arise! For as long as I can remember, I have had an enormous appetite for learning, researching and creating. Read more>>

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