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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.

Michelle Catalan

I wanted to be in the cosmetology community at first as soon as I had graduated from high school. But due to my parents not supporting my dream at the time I had to make a career switch. Up until 5 years ago, when i got more involved with makeup. Read more>>

Samantha Saile

Even though I have had the best childhood I could ask for, I believe once I finish high school, it will be my time to leave home. Until then, I have been trying to grow my social media, specifically Instagram, in hope of making important contacts for the future. Read more>>

Beatriz Trevino

As a plus size woman it was always hard to find something cute to wear that didn’t look cheap and didn’t look like a tent and have tons of animal print on it so I turned to thrift stores and estate sales and my eye just always veered toward the funkiness of VINTAGE. Read more>>

Jessica Alyse

I have loved makeup since I was a little girl. My mom always says it started when I was about 3 or 4 years old and I would put on lipstick and a red dress ready for the world. I grew up dancing most of my life. Read more>>

Holly Kapsalis=Riordan and Kelly Carr

Blush&Burgundy was created to provide on-location beauty services, classes, and events in Chicago and other destinations. With over ten years of experience in the beauty and event industry, and many conversations of fulfilling our career dreams. Read more>>

Julia Gillihan-Cobb

I actually kind of “fell into” hairdressing. I wasn’t the girl who cut all of her barbies hair off or anything.. I did, however, LOVE being in the salon, so much so that I would beg my mom (almost weekly) to take me for a haircut! Read more>>

Olivia Zubko

I come from a long line of women who make and create stuff and I’ve always kept that in mind while making art. I draw most of my inspiration from the things these women in my family have created because it’s the only way I can get to know most of them. Read more>>

Sonja & Ognjen Draskovic

We wanted to start a business that we would enjoy and also have a very flexible schedule. We have 3 small kids ages 4, 2 and 7 months and with this business, we are able to build our own schedule and be more present in their lives. We started officially in January and have been building the website and Instagram/Facebook pages ever since. Read more>>

Jenel Zafer

What I discovered was the shocking truth about our mass-produced food supply and the unregulated beauty/personal care industry. It led me to where I am today, leading the Wellness Rising Coalition and empowering others on their journey to better health and wellness by connecting them to resources. Read more>>

Erin Washington

Using fugitive and symbolic materials (ex. ashes, blackberries, bones, chalk, moss, and space-blankets) with more traditional materials (acrylic, casein, gouache, silverpoint, and oil paint) my artwork sources imagery from the Sciences, Mythology. Read more>>

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