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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.

Nikki Shepard

I am a native Houstonian! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my city – as it is filled with so much beauty, history, diversity, culture & luxury real estate! I grew up in sixth ward – which is now the infamous “Washington Ave” and/or “Old Sixth Ward”, where you will identify with luxurious real estate and the nightlife of fine restaurants, bars & other established businesses. Read more>>

Maureen McCaslin

I moved to Houston when I was ten after spending my early childhood in a rural setting outside of Austin. I’ve always had an interest in art, fashion and acting. In high school, I participated in some fashion shows and later attended Paige Parkes acting classes, as my interest blossomed. After attending Houston Community College, I started gravitating to makeup. About five years ago, I began educating myself in the art of makeup. Read more>>

Tiffani K Arnold

My fitness journey started when growing up in Lubbock, TX. I started in gymnastics around five years old, and for as long as I can remember, my father was very into fitness and worked out at the gym every day. I started going with him in the mornings before school and begin a strength and cardio training consistently around 12 years old. Read more>>

Olga Bachilo

I am originally from Mink, Belarus and I moved to Houston, Texas with my family in 1998. My father is a research scientist and was given an opportunity at Rice University to do research. When we moved, we thought this was just a temporary situation. In the past we have lived in Sweden where my father also did research. Read more>>

Gabrielle Martin

At 22 years old, I was dealing with the most major loss of my life to date, tending to what my mother left behind, and trying to make sense of my newfound adulthood. I continued on with enrolling in my graduate program that falls and looked after my brother, who was 16 at the time. It’s been almost four years now, and I have come to understand that my mother worked so hard that she became out of touch with her health, which is common in the women of my family and many other African-American families led by single mothers. Read more>>

Erin Berger

I first got into health and fitness in high school. I was looking for a physical activity I could get into because I wasn’t involved in any sports. I struggled with yo-yo dieting and wanted to learn more about how to be healthy and reach my fitness goals without crazy diets. Read more>>

Taylor Berry

I knew I wanted to have a career in journalism my senior year of high school. I needed one elective to fill my course list and my dad actually suggested I take journalism since I’ve always been a good writer. I signed up for the course, and shortly after my teacher moved me to newspaper. Read more>>

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