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

Audrey Bryant

When I was little, I always to be a hairstylist. I would tell my mom and everyone who would listen that I would be a “hair doer” when I grew up. I was a shampoo girl at a salon in high school and after college I went to Paul Mitchell the School in Huntsville, AL. Read more>>

Tatjana Simanic

I love the fabulous hair. I also love making women feel special. So, one day, 18 years ago, I decided to bring those passions together and become a hair colorist! Read more>>

Kristy Luciani-Jacob

I have been a stylist for over 12 years. After high school, I attended college but deep down knew I really wanted to go to beauty school. After two years of school and the support of my parents, I decided to enroll into beauty school and never looked back. Read more>>

Lauren Brown

11 years later, here I am – a salon owner and beauty influencer. In the past decade, I may have added few more titles under my name – London Eyes Makeup School Graduate, Certified Yoga Instructor, Kett Cosmetics Certified Makeup Artist, Women Entrepreneur, and Wife. Read more>>

Casey Dickinson

I have always had a passion for makeup and the beauty industry but I never even considered that I would be able to make it a career. I grew up in a household that embraced creativity and self-expression and was taught by my parents that you have to pursue what you love. Read more>>


My addiction to nails started when I was 4 years old. I had a cardboard box that I turned into a nail station. During that time, my aunt was attending nail school. She’d come over to our house and practice her nail work; watching her elevated my fascination with becoming a nail tech. Read more>>

Kinga Romanowski

Polish Mama BC started as a Vlog for mommies. Now, I’m more as independent media. I do commercials, reportages, live feeds from events, talkshows. I also do advertisements for businesses. Read more>>

Kathryn Satoh and Elizabeth Newkirk

Well, we started as friends, meeting through music making (Schoenfield: Cafe Music) and bonding through food (pizza and beer, specifically). Perhaps not ironically, we were hanging out a few years later over food (rack of lamb and wine) and decided to add music making (Zigeunerweisen) to the evening. Read more>>

Geneva Ringsby

A personal blog, as a creative outlet and a way for me to share my passions with others. I hope to inspire others to see the world, as well as feel good about themselves! Read more>>

Sharvari Shinde

It all started with my love for food and travel. I am a lawyer by profession and my work led me to travel through quite a few cities. Initially, I would merely record my food & travel experiences in notes and photographs but never published them. Read more>>

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