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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.

Hayley Denham

I’ve been so lucky again to meet a community of creatives who have been nothing but welcoming. Recently I had the pleasure of being in a group show at Loud Gallery, which just wrapped up and currently I’m preparing for another at the Henao Center opening in early December. Read more>>

Nicole Grace

With style being such a big part of my life, in September of 2017 I launched my own business, an online store called Shop Juzo. Named after my maternal grandfather Juzo, meaning thirteen in Japanese, I was able to fill a creative void where I could pair my background in styling with e-commerce. Read more>>

Zaviera Gomez

Makeup has been my passion for as long as I can remember. From my young teenage days of experimenting with different mascaras and eyeliners (that’s all I was allowed to wear at the time LOL) to now my young adult years having loyal and new coming clients, it has been quite the journey. Read more>>

Latisha Curry

This is my journey to becoming an actress & model in the entertainment industry, I plan on making all my supporters proud, but most importantly I plan on making myself proud. As of today, I can say that I’m a 2x published model, also have been featured in two magazines. Read more>>

Karli Schneider

My motto, “making it work, with what you got,” intuitively led me to zine culture. This was when I started focusing more on illustration and d.i.y printmaking. Dirt Hands was coined because of how deeply connected I feel to working with my hands. Read more>>

Monica Roca-Quesada

It’s about creating a space for yourself when society makes you feel like you don’t fit. In my younger years, I dreamed of being a lawyer. As life happens and choices you make change, I found myself on a career path of becoming an accountant. Read more>>

Angelica Triana

I always knew I wanted to be a hairstylist, but to most people, it wasn’t considered a “career”. For a while, I was debating whether to pursue it or find something else I enjoyed doing. I went to a community college after I graduated high school and got an associates degree for teaching. Read more>>

Juelle Alexandra

Since I was a little girl, I had a special passion and love for fashion. Growing up, I dreamed of being a fashion designer. I would draw outfits and sew clothes for my Barbie dolls while idolizing America’s Top Model and Project Runway. During high school, I participated in directing fashion shows and learned graphic design skills. After high school, I attained an Associate degree in Graphic Design because I believed these skills would help me in the future. After an Associate degree, I attained my Bachelor degree in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing. Read more>>

Kim Vignale

I’m a first generation Cambodian, born and raised in Rhode Island but now living in sunny South Florida! My husband and I decided to move to Florida for better job opportunities and to get away from the New England winters. Florida was a foreign land to me since all I knew was Rhode Island; my family and friends are all still there. I turned to social media to explore my surroundings and meet new people. I got into writing by using Yelp and I became an avid Yelper documenting my explorations. This sparked a fire inside me to pursue creative writing and content creation. Read more>>

Adriana Villabona Hummel

I’m 29 years old, I married my best friend almost five years ago and a mother of a 20-month-old who was my inspiration and motivation for this company. Formally, I worked at Discovery Communications aka Discovery Channel in Media Planning. Unfortunately, while I was pregnant, my department laid off over 100 employees and the department was sent to Latin America for lower costs. Of course, at the moment, I felt lost and confused as to why this was happening now, while I was pregnant and as I was excelling in my career, let alone what I went to school for at the University of Central Florida. Read more>>

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