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Trailblazers: Fort Lauderdale

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 Fort Lauderdale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jazmine, Raven & Brea Allen

Our efforts as the Allen Sisters and our work through Candid Convos coincided to promote inclusivity amongst women. While Candid Convos speaks truthfully and asks it’s viewers for their truths, feedback, and ideas, the Allen sisters are the creators & hosts of #CCAfterDark— an intimate, women’s only. Read more>>

Taylor Simonds

I was able to find my amazing publishing house, Parliament House, through a Twitter pitch contest, and signed my book over to a team of passionate, dedicated creators that have made my entire publication process painless, attentive, and fun. Read more>>

Laura Amador

I wanted to do something more, I wanted to use the hype of my shows and the support from all the people around me, so I began to create patterns, play with colors, and shapes, in order to create my own clothing brand called Trippycal Apparel. Read more>>

Heidi Siefkas

I have chosen to write non-fiction books because my story is what I know best. Plus, Hollywood can’t make stuff up as good as real life. To compliment my writing, I’m also a professional speaker. You can check out my TEDx talks on YouTube or catch one of my talks onboard a Carnival cruise to Cuba. Read more>>

Jackie Nepola

I have always had the soul of an entrepreneur. I worked my way through college selling old Levi’s at schools and blow pops out of my pack back at clubs throughout Southern California, making just enough money to pay tuition and go out on the weekends. Read more>>

Devora Parke and Janelle Benjamin

With my sister’s cosmetology background, together, we came up with the idea to start our own natural hair product line to give our naturalist’s and curly divas products that provide moisture and benefits that will aid in retaining growth and providing nutrients to their hair. Read more>>

Vanessa Lewis

I was signed to a modeling agency that I knew wasn’t the type of modeling I wanted to do in my heart, so I left them. I just started shooting many photographers at least twice a week and creating dope art. I networked like crazy and met so many other models and photographer. Read more>>

Jessica Brasseur

I enjoyed doing something that you couldn’t just shrug off. It was exhausting – my muscles were sore, my clothes were ruined, I could never seem to get a full-night’s sleep, and the communal coffee spoon in the common area is a hallmark of the true kinship I shared with my peers. Read more>>

Danielle Thompson

I wasn’t feeling great about myself and I have always been interested in skincare and makeup, so I thought I would channel my passion into something that made me feel like myself again. What first started as a passion quickly turned into a career. Read more>>

Katiana Carre

Bjou Bjou was established to empower women financially by providing a platform of consistent sales and allowing them to tap into the U.S and UK market. Eventually, Bjou Bjou grew into a fashion brand and I then felt its ties with financial empowerment began to fade. Read more>>

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