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Trailblazers: Northwest 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 Northwest Side that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Danielle Muscia

Throughout high school my desire to pursue a career in cosmetology never changed. In the Fall of 2010 while my friends headed off for college I began cosmetology school at Cosmetology & Spa Institute. Read more>>

Jen Wille

I started to see that I create all the love and stability I need. No matter how unstable or unpredictable life was on the outside, I realized that I create the rock-solid foundation I need, by loving me, first + foremost. Read more>>

Meagan Fredette

I’m a writer living in Brooklyn, and I called Chicago my home for 10 wonderful years. Initially in my career, I thought I would be working in the public housing/Section 8 and social services industry forever; Read more>>

Michelle Arellano

Prior to The Native Stilo, I created a blog called “Chiii-fashion”. This idea originated back in my first year of college. People would always ask me for fashion tips, so I created this blog. Read more>>

Diana Khesin

I would recommend it all women who want to gain confidence! Who wants their bodies to be strong, flexible and sexy! If my story is interesting for you, feel free to ask me any questions, and I will be more than happy to answer them! Read more>>

Abby Sparks

I now have clients in Indiana and Illinois and hope to continue to grow by business. Teaching makeup is my biggest passion and I yearn to travel and teach all over the world in the future. Read more>>

Betsi Terpin

As a multicultural millennial woman, growing up, I never had a clear set of customs or traditions. My mother is from Indonesia and red Covergirl lipstick is the extent of the amount of makeup she wears on the daily. Read more>>

Rosie Scianna

I’ve had a love for makeup since I was a little girl. I started at Nordstrom for Chanel in the mid-90’s then worked for Mac. I was flown to New York by Mac cosmetics for the best training of my life! Read more>>

Valerie Turner

I have been the go to person for planning trips with friends, holidays, and parties. I have always enjoyed styling, whether it be through interior design, fashion, or even just creating my own floral arrangements with flowers from the grocery store. Read more>>

Nadia Bhakrani

My passion for makeup began when I would be alone in my room for hours watching makeup tutorials on youtube, playing with whatever products I had available to me which meant digging into my sisters makeup bags. Read more>>

Christina Murar

Balancing our clients and taking on what seemed like an impossible buildout turned out to be our dream come true. We opened Blush Salon and Spa on June 5, 2008!!! Read more>>

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