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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.

Araya Pendarvis

I absolutely love making videos and taking pictures. I am most proud of all the feedback that I get on a daily basis. It keeps me going when people say they are inspired by me and how they really enjoy my page. I’ve been wanting to do this for years and last year, I finally put my guard down, did it and look at where I am now! Read more>>

Alexa Kellam

After months of researching, watching youtube videos, and creating gifts for friends, I decided I could make this into a “real job.” I started a Facebook Group and online Instagram Page to start making money. We then got orders to Lemoore, California and I was able to re-establish my business there. Read more>>

Lorraine Nogueras

Fitness was never a part of my lifestyle when I was younger. In fact, it was the last thing on my mind. I began practicing yoga two to three years ago. In 2016, I made the decision to better my health overall when we learned my father became ill with cancer. That’s when my research began with a disease which then leads to nutrition and fitness. Read more>>

Bettina Mayer

I began my journey with skincare quite a long time ago, but it was very different starting out. I had really bad acne for most of my teenage/early adult life (up until a year ago really). I always focused on getting rid of my acne so I never really cared about taking care of my face in any other aspect than clearing it from acne- and hiding my acne with makeup, and tons of it! Read more>>

Ina Lee

I went to school in Boston and when I moved to New York, I became the youngest managing editor of a national magazine in the country at the age of 20. Magazines were in their heyday and I worked with some of the best in the industry. But I worked seven days a week and it impacted my health. Read more>>

Alina Albizu

My journey hasn’t been easy. I graduated from a business school and years later after working in the corporate world, I realized I was not happy with the job I was doing. I did not feel I was doing anything meaningful to my life. I was doing great financially, but I was feeling so empty in the inside. Read more>>

Stacey Elise Haught

Growing up, I was no stranger to performing or entertainers. My Grandfather was a Director for National Geography and would film travel-logs, at the age of four years old was the first time I was put in front of the camera and that was when it all made sense to me. My Dad was a Gospel Singer, and on his offseasons, he was the Ring Master for a Private Circus, which for an imaginative kid like me it was the best possible way to grow up.Read more>>

Samantha Perez

I came into this country, as an eight-year-old, not knowing how to speak or wrote English. I would get bullied in school for not knowing the language. I still had many aspirations and goals. As time went by and I grew way older, there were days where I felt like I wasn’t smart enough to “make it” in life. Read more>>

Sabatini Ferdinand

I launched My Tasteful Ventures. I’ve since built a family on both my Instagram and site that to me, truly enjoy my adventures and appreciate the content I put together for them. I absolutely love what I do and because of it, I’ve been able to connect with so many amazing people doing the same. Read more>>

Krista Herrera

We are currently vlogging weekly about a multitude of subjects and also include a weekly Fitness Friday and weekend snippet. We are co-writing a book based on our videos and are working with a jewelry designer creating a unique, affordable, motivating line of jewelry. Read more>>

Michelle McCord

Michelle is passionate about passing on her knowledge to the next generation. Michelle feels she has put together an incredible faculty of highly dedicated and qualified teachers to make Ovation- School of Musical Theatre “the” school to attend if one is serious about truly learning the craft of performing musical theatre. Read more>>

Ariel Jones

Once I began to feel comfortable, I knew I had a reciprocal responsibility to share my story with other young mothers that were uneducated and unaware in my community, just as I once was. I wanted to let those moms who suffered in silence, through a maternal mental illness know that they are not alone, and they too can make it through. Read more>>

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