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Trailblazers: Coral Gables

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 Coral Gables that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Gina Avellan

My own personal inner journey is what brought me to Breathwork. It was a transformational experience from the first time I tried it, I had experimented with many other modalities, that worked, but were all external. They are great and serve their purpose, however, they are not accessible at all times and have their limitations. Read more>>

Roxy Moure

I moved to Atlanta for a year-long internship and stayed in GA after my internship ended to further pursue photography. It’s been a whirlwind but I’m surrounded by some of the most talented photographers I’ve met that have challenged me to not settle and keep honing in my craft and I’ve also had the opportunity to shoot some really incredible things. Read more>>

Debbie Rodriguez

What’s my story. I love it because it allows people to really get how “normal” I am. In my experience, a lot of folks tend to glorify healers and light leaders – “Well, they must have their sh*t together only always… they’re basically transcended and happy and life is easy… I bet they hum their way through rush hour.” My story is not so linear… or so pretty. Read more>>

Scene Pena

Scene Pena is a play on words of the Spanish expression sin pena, which translates to shameless. We are a group of six friends that were brought together by our shameless approach to life and improv. Our shared passion for entertaining, acting and creating is why we formed our company and it’s ingrained into who we are onstage and off. Read more>>

LaToya Stirrup

KAZMALEJE (pronounced cosmology) is a company I started with my sisters to create innovative, lifestyle-amplifying tools and accessories for the natural hair care market. Our signature launch items are our patent pending Kurls+ Detanglers, which are hair combs specifically designed to minimize unnecessary breakage and ease the detangling process for women, men and kids with textured hair. Read more>>

Maylen Palomo Pena

I became a sales representative which has given me the chance to meet a lot of people and to have more time to do what I enjoyed the most: blogging. I started this Instagram journey in August 2018 approximately. I have always had a passion for photography, so I started posing and doing my own edits using VSCO. Read more>>

Caylin Jimenez

I decided to come back home to Miami, enroll at Florida International University, change my major to communications, and work doing commercials/film/TV. In this time, I realized that I did not just want to do one thing with my life. Read more>>


We are Amanda and Nathalie, a K-pop obsessed couple from Miami. We have been together since 2014, and decided to create a K-pop YouTube channel together in 2015 – K!Junkies! Within our relationship, we share mutual love and knowledge for the large K-pop world. We are very open-minded when it comes to a wide variety of music K-pop has to offer. Read more>>

Jackie Roque Salas

I started after I studied fashion design at Parsons in New York City. Once I moved back to Miami, I realized that not only could I have my own space on the internet beyond Instagram, but this would serve as my creative outlet as well. Read more>>

Natasha Jewett

Suede is a jewelry business founded in 2016 by myself and two others, but now, it is now solely owned by myself, as my previous business partners followed different career paths. We currently sell online, at events and at a few store locations. Read more>>

GiGi Diaz

I’m a radio personality for iHeartRadio, an entrepreneur since 2003 with my dance studio GiGi’s Academy and with my Life and Business Coaching organization Seizing Happy since 2018, and I recently joined the Miami Marlins entertainment team as their new in-game-host which is very exciting. Read more>>

Divanna Suarez

The road to finding my passion began when I was 12 years old in the 8th grade when my friends came to my house to request hair styles for prom. One of the best feelings I ever had was enhancing their beauty. As I started talking about my passion for hair, my mother, a hard-working Cuban mother who came in the 80s working as a manicurist warned me away.  Read more>>

Janessa Suarez

I have always had a passion for people and have always enjoyed networking and getting to know others. Social media is a platform where I’ve been able to connect with others not only locally, but internationally as well. Read more>>

Dr. Karina Bonitto

My burgeoning brand includes and extends beyond beauty, and is a reflection of everything I enjoy: health, beauty, women, sharing and caring. My website (coming soon) and social media accounts are a supportive space for patrons to partake in content that is enriching, encouraging and engaging. Read more>>

Yulissa Munoz

I worked in the Luxury Travel Industry for about 15 years and although I feel super blessed to have had that experience, (traveling the world and assisting others with making their travel dreams come true), it didn’t shake the fact that my entire worth and identity as a human being were wrapped around this career. Read more>>

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