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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.

Nadiia Bundziak, Caroline Ibarra

We have both been passionate about beauty and fashion our entire lives. It was something that created an instant connection between us about five years ago, and that’s precisely the reason we became friends. Read more>>

Jackie Schroeder

I was in love with whatever was playing on my little television in my playroom or at the movie theaters that I grew up going to. I remember being in awe of everything playing out on the screen and being confused but intrigued to know how it was all happening. Read more>>

Marissa Hohner

I was always doing hair and makeup for my high school dance team at our competitions, doing makeup for friends at high school dances, and learning as many tricks and tips from as many beauty magazine articles that I could get my hands on. Read more>>

Holly Heffinger

On top of growing the business, we also grew our family. We had two babies and raised them at OutCold. While on conference calls, you could find my daughter and son hanging from the table in a clip on chair or bouncing up and down in their pack n’ play. Read more>>

Sonseeahray McHenry

I loved to draw and create my own clothing designs. So I just naturally grew into wanting to become a fashion designer. I went to college and studied Fashion Design, which helped me advance my knowledge and expand my creativity. Read more>>

Elizabeth Williams

I have always been interested in starting my own fashion-based business, but between my career and mother-hood, I could never find the time. In 2014, after my (much loved) winter coat started to fall apart, I began investigating outerwear. Read more>>

Nikki Booth

I always was a creative. All through my adolescence I had an affinity for the arts; I loved writing poetry, sketching and drawing, and [attempting] to teach myself the piano. Read more>>

Jamie Migdal

I started my first business, Out-U-Go (a dog walking/pet sitting company), back in 1994. After five years, I wanted to learn more about dogs, so I sold the company and headed to Arizona to become a dog trainer. Read more>>

Bianca Churchill

I’ve been expressing my love for Lash Extensions since 2014. I always get compliments on how pretty and natural looking they appeared on me that strangers would assume they were actually mine. Read more>>

Luiza Barteldes Farinha and Cassie Buth

I discovered Pilates while dancing ballet in NYC. I was amazed by how the method improved so much my strength, balance, and flexibility, making me a much better dancer. Read more>>

Kira Crugnale

I knew that I wanted to work in the commercial arts, in some capacity, by the time I was 14 years old. These days, I work as a freelancer based out of my studio in Humboldt Park and co-own Sidewinder Goods, a lifestyle brand with a focus on earth-friendly and American made products. Read more>>

omehabiba khan

Omehabiba Khan is a Pakistani born Chicago raised entrepreneur! With her passion for business, beauty, and blogging she was able to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. She has been featured in magazines like cosmopolitan and allure for her beauty tips and tricks. Read more>>

Becky Lerner

I spent two years working in a digital advertising agency (which speaks to one of my three careers as a Social Media Consultant). Meanwhile, I came to a very strong realization that corporate America was not for me and that I had the opportunity to create my own life (a la Mrs. Potato Head but on a much larger scale) here in sunny Cali. I left corporate to pursue my dance career while I can and shortly after decided to pursue an additional profession as a Pilates instructor (long-term career). Read more>>

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