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Hialeah’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Hialeah’s rising stars below.

Nizar Dalban

I started my career as an entrepreneur at a young age learning from my father, who was instilling life values into us and driving a business mindset into my siblings and I in order for us to be ahead of the curve in our sectors. I grew to have a business mindset in everything I got involved in. I analyzed, planned, and executed everything with precision and effectiveness through goal setting and keeping myself accountable. Read more>>

Jasmine Logue

A freshman in high school. I started doing my own makeup, starting with eyebrows and then eventually expanding to the rest of my face. For about a year and a half, I gained a strong passion for makeup and different makeup techniques and products. I was INFATUATED with makeup. I began to do my entire face with a colorful eye to get my family members’ opinions. My grandmother used to always tell me that I God gave me a gift and makeup is that gift. Read more>>

Ope Majekodunmi

I started sewing when I was 15 and it was honestly just a fun hobby. My senior year of high school, I started to brainstorm brand names and design ideas but never really did anything with pushing them out until last Summer. I was known for my finger waves and my black durag. I always wore around to preserve them. What everyone didn’t know was that I constantly had to buy new ones because they got raggedy so quick. Read more>>

Albernisha Blackman

I began selling hair my freshman year of college. I attended Florida state university and needed some extra money and I didn’t want to work my first year of college of 2015. I decided to begin selling hair in remembrance of my aunt and grandmother, who passed away from lupus (hence the butterflies and L(Lynette) T(Tranae) W(Williams). I decided to dedicate my company to them and all other Lupus survivors who go through a stage of losing hair. I believe aside from my hair company. Read more>>

DeShayla Denson

I am the owner of ShayDee Beauty Co., Lux10 Hair Collection, and Let’s Talk Glam Collection, based here in Miami, Florida. I’ve always been into beauty and wanting to look good. I’m the youngest of three girls raised by a single mom, so there was no way I would be anything other than girly. Watching my mom and sisters doing their makeup and hair, I was always interested in knowing more about it. Read more>>

Xavier Varela

I picked up my first professional camera at the age of 14, at the time, I was working at a sneaker store by the name of Foot Soldiers. It was my first ACTUAL job. The first thing I bought with my initial paycheck was a skateboard, followed by that I bought my first DSLR. It was a Nikon, and I fell in love with her immediately. In little to no time, she (The Camera), my skateboard (The Transportation), and I became a little family. Read more>>

Bronjelyn Montgomery

I’ve always been crafty. I loved anything artistic, including dance. Dance was my number one passion, along with other things such as drawing and writing poetry. Around the age of 11, my aunt would have me to do her hair. It was back when glueing tracks in between your natural hair was a thing! I had no idea that cosmetology would be my career path. In high school, my heart was stuck on dance and fashion. Read more>>

Santi Benavides

The X-Men were (and still are) my favorite and I would sit and learn to draw them for hours. I didn’t really grow up with many friends and was bullied a lot for being different, so I always found comfort in their comics, movies, and video games and related to their struggle with accepting who they are as mutants and outcasts. In retrospect, that relation has a connection to my struggle coming to terms with my sexuality and femininity that I repressed for years. Read more>>

Victoria Foster

The talent and skills she had was remarkable… and like most young girls growing up, I wanted to me like my mother. I started of playing around in my sister’s hair. In elementary, we had a braids off taken shows and I got 1st place even then I didn’t take it serious because I felt others work was better than mines. At about the age of 17, I started taking braiding serious and it then became a passion. I start to love it more and more. Read more>>

Kemyana Jones-Bey

I am a small-town girl that grew up close to New Orleans, Louisiana in a little town called Franklin. I grew up an only child, as a result I had a lot of time spent alone. I knew from a young age that I had to create my own way. I knew from little the world that we lived in and the cards that we were dealt did not necessarily match up. I knew that I had to set myself apart. Read more>>

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