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Trailblazers: Gilbert

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 Gilbert that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alia Preston

I have been blogging for over 4 years. It started as a fun outlet to talk all things fashion and make up but it quickly turned into a space to create and also include an income for my family. After moving from San Diego to Arizona. Read more>>

Rischelle Trayner

I have always been super fascinated by photography as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I used to set up little photoshoots with my siblings and neighborhood friends. I actually still have a box full of those old photos, it’s hilarious to go back and look at them. Read more>>

Katelynd Curtis

Having a mother in the beauty industry I’ve always been around the “salon life”. Since a young age, I’ve always wanted to be a hair stylist and I would do anything to start at a young age. I finished hair school a few months after high school and worked my butt off marketing myself. Read more>>

Andrea Stines

I found my passion when I attended school in Western Herbalism. Upon graduation, I secured a job in a small family owned herb shop where I worked part-time for approximately 7 years. At this time, I developed my clinical practice. Read more>>

Janelle Van Ness

I picked up my first “big” camera in 2012, I had no idea how to use it other than you push the shutter to take a picture, but I knew that it was something I loved and wanted to be good at. I started taking it on vacations and shooting anything and everything to learn my how to use it! Read more>>

Drea Holland

I have competed in and won 2 bodybuilding shows and continue to advance my education in Fitness and nutrition to learn all I can and help as many people as I can. Read more>>

Amanda Davidson

I got my esthetics license 17 years ago and have been working in the beauty industry on and off since then. I had always been drawn towards the makeup and beauty end of the business. I can express my artistic and creative side better. Read more>>

Laurie Renzulli

I’ve been a hairstylist for 26 years. It’s the only job that I’ve ever had as an adult and I always knew that I wanted to be a stylist for as long as I can remember. I began my career here in Phoenix and then moved to Michigan in ‘97 where I worked as a salon manager in the same salon for almost 10 years. Read more>>

Jessica Brennan

My passion to help others reach their own potential has no end goal. I guess I can’t really see and “end” to this lifestyle. I consider myself a success with each client referral when I get messages from current clients telling me of their personal victories, and especially when my clients keep their hard-earned results long term. Read more>>

Cristina Brennan

Throughout my learning and experiences, I’ve been lucky enough to have many amazing opportunities including on location hair and makeup services for local weddings and special events, makeup for Phoenix Fashion Week, and assisting amazing artists with commercial projects. Read more>>

Cristi Owen

Reflecting back in the last 10 years since starting my business, I truly can’t believe how blessed I’ve been
to have met so many of my business goals (I actually cried the first time I saw my images published in a magazine), but the most wonderful part is all the people I have met. Read more>>

Michelle Frawley

Hats are now my main focus of my business. I have a wide variety of styles and even sell kids and infant hats! I left my teaching career in May of 2017 and that has given me the time and energy to really focus on how to expand my business and product line. Read more>>


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