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Trailblazers: North Miami

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 North Miami that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Taylor Krug

I have always loved art and decorating, it was something I did a lot of with my mom growing up. When I moved to Tampa for college, I was excited to really get to decorate my own space. Many of the photos on my website are actually photos of my own home. I would often go to stores like HomeGoods with my friends and I kept hearing the same comments over and over. Read more>>

Shenique S.

My Natural Hair journey started as a search for healthier hair tips, to help grow the middle of my hair. It was half the length of the rest of my hair. Since I was six years old, my hair was relaxed. So, I never knew what my natural hair texture was like but I always loved how voluminous my hair was until it was just no longer healthy looking anymore. Read more>>

Giovanna Quinones

About three years ago, I began my own hair care journey. I didn’t know much about how to take care of my hair nor did I know how to find information on how to do so. At this point in my hair care journey, I was also helping my stepdaughter recognize and appreciate her curls. Read more>>

Nyeema Carmichael

My product line began with 200 dollars and a need to restore my beautiful full hair. My father has been a herbal healer for over 50 years so I knew exactly what I needed. I researched and sat with him many nights and finally created my formula to restore my hair naturally I tested it and guess what? IT WORKED and fast! Read more>>

Carmen Antonetty

Some of my friends refer to me as a ghetto ass hippy. I had both of my children at home, mostly unassisted and that Is what introduced me into birth work. After the birth of my youngest child, I became a Doula because even tho my births were technically unassisted I relied on my birth team and community support. Oh, I should mention, before I became a mother. Read more>>

Alice Gualandris

I was the first woman to be offered a chair there. I really had a hard time keeping my cool and a safe distance. So, girls: do not let your role be defined by a man. I know it may sound cliché but sometimes you really have to stand your ground, as your willingness to discuss issues and find a compromise might be perceived as a sign of weakness. Read more>>

Yariana Abreu

I’m 25 years young, born and raised in Miami, Florida, with all the passion and spicy attitude which comes with being Dominican. I go by the name Yari. Raised by a close-knit and highly protective Latin family, I still faced struggles with identity and self-esteem, abuse and depression from a young age. Read more>>

Mary Williams

As a business strategist and etiquette expert, I help businesses, universities and organizations teach rising stars the modern business etiquette skills they need to stand out and build authentic relationships in today’s digital world. I am passionate about helping ambitious women develop the skills they need to reach their goals, whether starting a new business or shattering glass ceilings. Read more>>

Ruth Jeannoel

When people ask me where I am from, I tell them that I was born in Cambridge, MA, by way of Haiti, by way of Benin, West African and now living in Miami. For years, really decades, I took care of everyone else but myself. I spent many of my days and nights caring for my family, my children and my community. Read more>>

Erin Peacy

I’m sure you have heard of the philosophy that you sometimes need to have something “bad” happen to wake you up and guide you. On the scope of what is bad, what happened to me isn’t all that bad. It was bad but I no longer dwell on it. It didn’t leave a permanent scar. I learned how to overcome the negative situation I was in to find myself on a deeper level. Read more>>

Christine Cortes

My family is Colombian. My parents separated when I was very young so I was raised by my mother and my older sister who made everything possible for me and who always supported my dreams. I’ve been surrounded by art since I was a child. My dad is a painter. I would visit my dad on the weekends and he would put a little camera in my hand when I was around five years old.      Read more>>

Asha Starks

My goal originally was to become an athletic trainer for a top soccer or rugby team elsewhere in the world and have one of their players fall in love with me. However, I realized about a month into school, that original plan was not going to work for me. Read more>>

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