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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.

Jennifer Oliver

I am a Makeup and Hair Artist In Houston, Texas. It all began at the age of 14 when I would play with makeup and find razor combs to cut my own hair. It transcended into doing it for friends and family members. Upon arriving high school and entering sophomore year, I joined the cosmetology program and completed “hours.” Read more>>

Tifarah Naava

Through those programs, I fell in love with theater as well. I bounce between being an aspiring artist and an actress. Each outline not only evoked different parts of my being but also was cathartic in its unique way. So, when it came time for college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Dr. Regina Rodman

The chances or getting a spot in a second round are less than 10%. It was devastating. But I persisted, and applied the next year and got a position in ENT! That position wasn’t where I graduated, though, as I felt I wasn’t being challenged. Read more>>

Maurielle Laurenne

When you begin living like the person you really are, you tap into unique energy that produces wondrous possibilities for yourself and those around you. The only real obligation one has is to fulfill their destiny—and what could be more powerful than that? Read more>>

Tiffany Carter

It all started when I was seven, my mom put the mannequin in my hand. From that day, I knew it was my soul purpose to do hair. I enrolled in beauty school while in high school and by the time I graduated from high school, I had my cosmetology license. Read more>>

Christina Popoola

Helping others is my passion and path in life. So, it has been a wonderful experience and an intriguing journey to find my niche in occupational therapy and apply it to a hobby that I love and find in joy doing. I hope to touch many people by helping them get free from their clutter and teaching them organizational skills to maintain their spaces and lives. Read more>>

Parmida Hamzeh

After all, social media is a communication tool that allows me to spread more love as well as my expertise in this world. I’m not afraid or shy to show parts of my life in order to inspire others. To know I’m living my life in an honest way and in return making people smile, I will continue this journey. Blogging has changed me in a drastic way. Read more>>

Courtney Bass

I wouldn’t be on this rapid path to success without the support of my sisters, who have contracted me loyally, and referred me to everyone that would listen. I look forward to launching my new website this month and continuing to expand my brand and reach in helping others elevate their brands. Read more>>

Brittney Balma

This tragedy made me realize that I needed to fulfill the vision she had for me while she was living. I started moving forward in my music and developing my voice throughout high school and college and I believe that NOW is the time to make the dream happen that all of my family and ancestors believed that I will achieve. Read more>>

Sydney Johnson

I’m a Fitness Coach out of LJ Performance Training as well as a Realtor with CJM Realty Advisors, and I absolutely LOVE (yes, all caps) what I do. I am truly blessed to even be here so I strive to use my platform to pour into people as often as I can, and as much as I admire how far I’ve come, I know that this is only the beginning. Read more>>

Madonna McManus

I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life teaching yoga, and I had a lot of ideas about how I wanted business and yoga to mix, so I decided to partner with Jen Yuhas in opening a studio of our very own: The Atrium Yoga Studio. Today, yoga is everything for me. It is the way I connect with myself, with my bigger purpose. Read more>>

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