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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.

Eliana Fajardo

I have been artistically inclined since I could remember – I have loved to draw, sing, dance, act, etc. since I was very young. Up until I was thirteen, I was certain that I was destined to be an actress. That is until I saw the work of one of my older sister’s classmates. He is a fashion photographer. Read more>>

Andrea Orvieto

I always knew I wanted to help people and it took a while to figure out what that looked like for me. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine was introduced to me at an early age, about 18 years old, There was a period of time that I was constantly sick and nothing was helping me. Read more>>

Bridgette Casellas

My passion is in the film however, that is my ultimate goal. Right now, I’m living in Broward and trying to make my living out of Miami. I’m auditioning for local jobs, local student projects, etc. It’s been such a ride, and I’m so excited for what’s to come. Read more>>

Tami Singh

“Caring for patients the way I want myself and family to be cared for.” This has been my motto since starting medical school. After training, I joined a multi-specialty practice in 2010, Clark and Daughtrey, a physician-owned group. My patient panel grew to over 4,000 patients in seven years. Read more>>

Illyssa Vivo

Fitness has always been a part of my life. I played basketball through college where I studied exercise science at the University of Tampa. I was always extra involved in the weight room and strength and conditioning outside of my requirements as an athlete because I loved exercise so much. Just before graduating, I suffered an ACL tear playing basketball. Read more>>

Mikala Reed

I stepped into the fashion industry and started my denim line back in 2017. I quickly realized I didn’t want to be a middle man, waiting on pieces to be done, I just wanted to create everything myself. In the midst of designing a pair of denim for a collab with a fellow designer, I fell in love with Swarovski crystals. The way they glistened when they moved, the quality, they were just everything to me. Read more>>

Vanessa Fleury

I started my journey in philanthropy as an Americorps member serving South Florida immigrants gained legal immigration status and fell in love with the opportunity of changing lives. I worked in various capacities in nonprofit from fundraising, communications, special events, and development. Read more>>

Chantal Laneau

I have grown so much to where I now know how to follow my dreams even while feeling afraid of the unknown. I know I have a greater purpose. I am now working on making my blog a community and platform where women can visit and feel inspired and beautiful. Read more>>

Christine Perez

I try to find activities and events that are family friendly. Instagram is a therapeutic exercise for me as well so while I am helping other moms find balance and fill their days with fun activities my Instagram community helps me take down my walls and become a more open person. Read more>>

Denializ Linares

The curly women I meet are women with different backgrounds but very similar stories and I get to help them Embrace who they are and meant to be. I found my “deeper” meaning behind cutting hair. I get to speak with women and share stores and embracing who we are together, loving yourself and owning it. Curly hair and all! For me, this is just the beginning. Read more>>

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