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Trailblazers: North Side

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

Khalilah Lyons

I will say my entire life has led me to where I am today. All of my experiences together… too many to name (I haven’t even talked about the 7 siblings that came into my life with a new one most recently in the past two months!). Read more>>

Jasmin Reese

I originally started out as a fine arts painter and supported myself working at a high-end furnishing store in Rhode Island. From there, I worked at some lighting showrooms and went to school for interior design. Read more>>

Jennifer Kim

Food was an integral part of my family but it didn’t become an integral part of my own personal life until my mid-twenties. After a brief stint in pharmacy school, I was sort of drifting through life trying to figure out where I was headed. Read more>>

Bushra Amiwala

I became immersed in service work in every form it came in – educational equality, addressing food insecurity, working towards alleviating poverty and homelessness, immigration reform, equity as a whole – yet it was never enough. Read more>>

Taylor Wolfram

I’ve always been a science nerd, animal lover and “helper.” Whether it was participating in Science Olympiad, advocating for animal rights or making sure my local homeless friend had his bus pass for the week, these are some of my most deep-rooted qualities and values. Read more>>

Adriana Contreras

My dream of being a professional makeup artist in the best school that is located in Chino Hills, California TNT agency, began. Thanks to them and my husband, my dreams have come true. My life has changed and I have lived with very special people. Read more>>

Taylor Dabbah

I started as a rider at Flywheel in 2013 while I was a student up in Evanston and was instantly hooked. I began riding multiple classes a week, sometimes multiple classes a day. When summer rolled around, I started to work at the front desk, and soon after, auditioned to teach. Read more>>

Nicole Moore

I developed an interest in modeling at the age of 16 after a photographer friend decided to use me for a photo shoot. When I moved to NYC for school, I decided to pursue freelance modeling as a way to make some extra money on the side. Read more>>

Annabelle Lee Revak

I very accidentally got into music directing sophomore year while I was writing my first full-length musical (NOTES AND LETTERS). I fell into it and fell in love with it! Everything from vocal rehearsals, to score reductions, sitzprobe (the first day the orchestra rehearses with the cast – my favorite day of rehearsal!), and playing the full show – Read more>>

Lisa Faremouth Weber

I was a highly sensitive and intuitive kid. My mom would call me a “know it all”. I received my spiritual name from Yogi Bhajan through Gurmuhk Kaur Khalsa “Sat Inder Kaur” which means princess of the Lord of Truth and it made sense. Read more>>

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