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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.

Zoe Zwilling

For years, I’d write and record myself. I’d be in my family’s house I grew up in or my best friend’s living room at 14, 15, 16 years old performing for her and her Italian mom in the background’s hollering, “Oh no, I can tell by the look on her face she’s going to say something sick!” “Zoe you really need to get into stand up.” “You really need to get on stage already!” My whole life I loved cracking people up doing impersonations, voices, characters, physical comedy and spewing outlandish eye-opening points that now I can proudly say I do on stage. Read more>>

Stephanie Agudelo

I decided to pursue art at the University of South Florida to get myself educated on how can my photography can be different than anyone else. I started learning a lot about the meaning of color and the history behind it. I realize that I want to add more emphasis on color in my photos. I started using color blocking in my photography and having models wear monochrome wardrobe… I figured I was on to something. Read more>>

Shanique Javelle

I decided to go to cosmetology school and began promoting myself as a hairstylist. When I first started cosmetology school, I was already enrolled in college full-time working on my Bachelors in Business Management. Fast forward to 2016, I graduated college, had a solid clientele and niche but decided I wanted more. In September 2016, I launched my hair company UpperClass Hair. Read more>>

Stevania Nottage

Once I felt so happy and confident in front of the camera, everything began to flow, people started contacting me. I also started traveling with my modeling career as well. I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fl in 2017 and started to do more fashion runway shows and photo shoots as well. My dream is to be able to do high fashion runway shows out of the country for 2019. Read more>>

Sandra Cotto

This new lifestyle was a clear indication that my body functions more efficiently on plants. I am an avid athlete and love all kinds of sports like running, triathlons, kickboxing and yoga. I began to experience my body heal so much more quickly after my workouts. I feel like wonder woman! I am proud to say that I placed second in my age group at my very first triathlon and I know its directly related to my plant-based lifestyle. Read more>>

Cristen Smith

I had to work really hard to get clients in my chair. Over the years, Instagram became an amazing business tool and helped me grow my business and my clientele! I love what I do and I enjoying connecting with people on a personal level. I have met so many amazing people through my job and through social media. Read more>>

Megan Probst

I am so thankful as I connected with a Fashion Designer and worked as his Marketing Director for two years. The risk was the greatest reward. After, the opportunity ended I decided to move back to South Florida and by doing so interacted with a Real estate broker who was assisting my sister with a purchase of her condo. Read more>>

Laquisha Williams

As I began to grow, I started to invest in personal development and began to connect with next level coaches and mentors, I had a new mission and that was to reach 1 million women around the world where I would educate, empower and help them to elevate to where they were to where they need to be. The World-class Movement was born and the rest was history. Read more>>

Ceressa Freeman

Everything I have done for this company, the marketing, shipping/handling, pictures, money. No one has invested in this baby of mine, everything has been me! I also handle all accounting and taxes since I did take three accounting courses while at FIU for my degree.Basically, everything I can mentally and physically do, I complete! I am just really happy that I created this brand, it gives people confidence, and it honestly brightens my day. Read more>>

Nalani Navarro

I started watching youtube tutorials to figure out what kind of makeup was in and good, and from there, I practiced on myself every day. I ended up practicing on my mom, my cousins and then, I started taking clients when I felt I was ready. I made a platform for myself on social media and that is what made me want to start my own business called “Wink By Nalani”, where I sell hand-made mink eyelashes. Read more>>

Damaris Rivera

Throughout my life, no matter the size I’ve been, people has always told me I dressed my body well. And I thought, why not show girls like me ways to wear certain clothes and trends that look flattering and classy. I set a goal for myself to start on Instagram, post an outfit or beauty look a day, just to see if anyone would be interested. Read more>>

Julia Aquino-Serrano

My consulting practice, for the past ten years, has solidified my expertise in using real strategy and aligning it with the operational behaviors of a company to create change. However, I have learned that when we incorporate the power of an organization’s people, into the company’s Strategy and Vision, then real, sustainable change occurs. Read more>>

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>>

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>>

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