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 Miami Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
As a child, I was ripped from my parents and placed into the foster care system where I lived as a ward of the state of Florida until my 18th birthday. During my teens, I hid behind book-smarts, excelling at school and ultimately graduating with a prestigious college degree from Harvard. Read more>>
Samantha Hope Galler
It is interesting to look back at your own story and realize the challenges and rewards that came with it. As I begin my 12th year as a professional ballet dancer, sixth with Miami City Ballet, I feel even more determined to tell my story and share the advice and skills I learned along the way. Read more>>
My college marketing internship morphed into my 1st job with a small financial printer during the Bank and S&L boom. After developing a marketing plan for the company, I assisted the sales team and jumped into sales at age 25 and I opened 36 financial institutions in three years. Read more>>
Born in Havana, I was given the blessing to move to the United States when I was two years old (my mom won the Cuban lottery- but that’s a different story). With this win, I grew up learning four different languages. I’ve worked in both Spanish & English commercials, done promo jobs in Miami, New York. Read more>>
My entrepreneurial journey started at a very young age. As a 5-year-old child, I wanted to bring inspiration and peace to the world. At that age, I wasn’t clear on exactly how that dream would come to life but I knew I was destined for something greater and never gave up hope for healing. Read more>>
I grew up with an innate passion for the health industry. Yes, I was that girl begging their mom for a Fitness Magazine. I would sit, study and read every word. Living on a farm, outdoor activities were the norm – I was always playing soccer, running, riding four-wheelers, riding horses, riding bikes, anything. Read more>>
I was born into a highly dysfunctional family with alcoholism and abuse albite lots of love; hence, it was very chaotic, extremely stressful with lots of incongruities and became the foundation of my work today. When I was 11 years old, my mom took my brother and me on holiday for the first time to her home country, Botswana. Read more>>
After college, I worked for an Ad agency. I remember being at my desk and planning out my work out for the week. It was that moment that I realized, I was just there to collect a check. There was no true passion for my current career. I took it upon myself to enroll in school again for Personal Training. Read more>>
Best known for her anti-human trafficking advocacy across the United States, Airica D. Kraehmer is a multiple-time bestseller of the books Models Stop Traffic and INVINCIBLE. Miss Kraehmer graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. While attending, she worked two to three jobs simultaneously to support herself and pay for tuition costs- one in which was modeling. Read more>>
I never thought I would live in Miami, in fact, if I had to choose a place in the United States, surely, my first option would have been Los Angeles. I came for a friend, it’s always easier to start somewhere where you have someone you know. In principle I came only for three months, my goal was to make money to open a tattoo studio in Granada with a friend. Read more>>
Being a part of this world-class company has allowed me to live out my dream to perform an extensive repertoire on some of the largest stages in America. Formerly, I was a Principal Dancer with Los Angeles Ballet. Altogether, this will be my tenth year as a professional ballerina and my eighth year as a business owner of my dancewear line, Jule Dancewear. Read more>>