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Trailblazers: South Broward

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 South Broward that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jahsmin Bowen

Quickly into the process of establishing my business, I realized I had opened up even more space opportunity by offering out samples everywhere I went. I am now in the process of preparing to launch my soaps in a local vegan supermarket and of course working towards having product available in more physical locations, in addition to my online store. Read more>>

Shelby Rushin

Philanthropy is a major catalyst for making the world a better place and it’s something I enjoy immensely. Building relationships and bridges is something I pride myself on. I truly believe that is the key to longevity and success. I recently transitioned to WHQT Hot105-FM as one half the afternoon show, “The Show,” with Alex “Big Lip” Chisholm, Weekdays, 2- 7 pm. Read more>>

Kristal Wise

I’ve made it a personal mission to spread the word that actively choosing to always look for reasons to be grateful is like a magic pill. Your life will not change, but your mindset and perspective will shift for the better. Only then, will you have the power and tools to create your reality. If you want to win, remain grateful for EVERYTHING! Read more>>

Sheila Echazabal

Xperience and Xpertise is what we’re about here at facexcape. Always pushing the limits, setting the bar higher with every service. We invest in continuous training and education as this ensures a quality and artistry level that is second to none. Maintaining the health of your natural lashes & brows while providing maximum comfort is our goal. Read more>>

Alexis Vazquez

I think my passion has always been designed – aesthetics overall, maybe. I was in high school when I got onto the yearbook staff and started designing layouts. I fell in love with being the one to dictate what looked like what, and where things were placed, and what colors worked well together. So, I decided to pursue writing! – wait for what? – Yeah. Read more>>

Elaine Golden

When I started to stand up, it was difficult for me to get people to laugh at jokes about the subjects I wanted to talk about. For the first few months, the only jokes that would get consistent laughs were about topics like dating and relationships. I didn’t want that to be my only good material. I wanted to make sure I didn’t limit myself just because it was harder to make the darker stuff funny. Read more>>

Lucia Torres

It all started with doing makeup as a hobby. That quickly turned into my job where I did makeup for weddings, photo shoots, and everything in between. After high school, I decided college wasn’t the place for me and opted for going to cosmetology school where my love for hair grew. Read more>>

Ashley Rodrigues

I realized the therapy and counseling techniques I was learning in graduate school directly translated onto my yoga mat. It was as if I would learn a concept in class, go to my yoga class and get to practice it. It completely transformed my anxiety, my quality of life and my relationships. Read more>>

Janiya Walden

I have always had a love for fashion. My favorite designer is Michael Kors. I love putting outfits together and looking very fashionable. I sleep, eat, dream fashion. My ultimate goal is to be blessed to be signed to a major modeling agency or represent a major brand. I love runway, to walk in a show for Fashion Week in New York and Paris would be a dream come true. Read more>>

Lavonne Brown

My journey started in 2011 when I was laid off from my job as a medial records tech. I worked in that role for eight years, so it forced me to tap into the beauty industry because I needed something that allowed me to make money fast, as I am a single mother with two children, Aiyana and Dayla. Read more>>

Vanessa Gali

I believe being a woman, mom, all the blessings, pain, lessons in my life help me to do what I am passionate about. I love to educate, empower others to be what you need on a good day and be the light on your bad day. I use my years of working in the medical field, my desire to be a psychiatrist/help others and apply it to my love of being an Esthetician/LMT.  Read more>>

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