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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.

Jessica Kelly Silverio

As I got older, I became more involved in my community. I joined a community service organization, launched a natural skincare line and much more is to come. All of this, to simply help others feel better and aim to be the best version of themselves. Read more>>

Nat McPherson

It started my junior year of college at New World’s School of the arts in Miami. I was studying to get my BFA in Music Theater. I knew that I loved Theater more than anything, but I also loved fashion and creating. I came across some girls on Instagram who had turned their Instagram page into a fashion blog. Read more>>

donniqua montague

By the grace of Gods spirit, He leads me into a career that will always be worth more than anything my parents or I could imagine. My talent, my gift, has taken me so far. Though I have accomplished so much within that time frame, from inspiring my supporters on the daily, working with some of the top tv networks & celebs. Read more>>

Erica Chery

My career in the beauty industry began in 2015. In 2015, I decided to start my own YouTube channel to speak on topics like beauty, hair, and fashion. My love for the beauty industry grew, and then I decided to pursue makeup artistry professionally. Read more>>

Barbie Caicedo

Most people call me Barb and I am 27 years old. I’ve lived in South Florida my whole life. I grew up always changing my mind about what I wanted to be when I grow up. However, one thing that almost all of the careers I wanted had in common was that they all led me to work for myself. Read more>>

Laura Botu

We launched in January of 2018 with the goal of creating beautiful monthly events, centered around a specific topic, where women could come and network, hear from a speaker or learn a skill in a workshop, and walk away knowing they’re not alone in the dreams they’re pursuing. Read more>>

Sandy Maranesi

My first paying job as a Hair and Makeup artist, was working with a headshot photographer out of Fort Lauderdale. He didn’t pay much, but it was a start. I was happy to be working. Every Saturday He would have the models meet us at the parking lot of a gallery near Las Olas. Read more>>

Marquise Dior

My brand is to make the world beautiful inside and out. Empowering women to be the BOSS of their own life. As an artist, I want my passion to change the world for the better! Read more>>

Kirenia McClain

“Passion and the will to follow my dreams is how I began ”I grew up being inspired by beauty. I watched my mom transform women on a daily basis. Seeing them walk out looking and feeling beautiful was amazing to me. Read more>>

Shunté Harris

At a young age, I’ve always loved to be in the kitchen. Cooking with both my maternal and paternal grandmothers. Started sign making dishes here and there for family friends to wanting to expand and do more! Read more>>

Yovanka Sanchez

I am thankful when this brands and platforms trust me and my team with their projects or productions. This is truly my passion, creating amazing stories, but specially “women stories”. Read more>>

Shatavia Bussey

On my journey to finding a swimsuit I noticed appealing swimsuits were too expensive, and affordable swimsuits were unattractive. So I decided to start a swim boutique that focused on stunning affordable swimsuits, allowing you to either flaunt your stuff or hide your imperfections. Read more>>

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