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Trailblazers: Glendale

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

Kelly Miller

I am a lifestyle blogger and brand that focuses on travel, food, and adventure in the desert! This also includes adventures outside of the desert, too. I am known for capturing desert images and real life. I would say my interpretation of desert beauty and adventure sets me apart from others. Read more>>

Arbelena Malki

I am an upcoming esthetician and laser technician; I work with skin and pretty much the entire body whether it’s giving facials or laser hair removal, I love It all. I’m most proud of becoming an esthetician and laser technician because that will always be around whether it’s body contouring, IPL’s, laser hair removal, tattoo removals, etc. Read more>>

Bethany Nrekic

I nearly stopped blogging two years ago. I experienced a string of family deaths and felt I didn’t have the energy. One of those family deaths was my Aunt Heather, who owned a local bakery in Phoenix. She had photos from my blog in her office, and it inspires me, daily, to keep posting. Read more>>

Tammy Zelez

I am extremely humbled with where I am today in my career and my many goals for the future. My niche in photography is high school seniors and branding. Never once in these three years have I ever regretted the decision I made! Read more>>

Gloria Jawaro

For the women who are just starting their journey, first off thank you. This is the first step in sharing who you are and what you will benefit to this world. Showcasing what God has gifted to you can really pave the way for other women to showcase their gifts too. Read more>>

Jazmyne Bursey

Bumps are made to get over them, it’s how you get over them and keep going is what matters. Don’t give up because the moment you do is the moment you lose yourself. Dreams are supposed to be made and goals are supposed to be accomplished. You just got to get up and do it. Read more>>

Marissa Mezzatesta

Growing up in dance and attending an all-girls high school, Xavier College Preparatory, I was constantly working with children and had the importance of service instilled in me. I wanted to share my love for dance and its healing powers with others, and with a focus on children, I began to share my talents and volunteer my time. Read more>>

Barbie Holmes

I finally healed my relationship with food and body image and decided to fulfill my lifelong dream to become a model at age 57. Against the odds, at midlife and not a fashion industry size 0, I signed with an agency as a lifestyle model. I have worked on commercials, print jobs, and acting jobs as featured background in movies and tv shows. Read more>>

Allie Clark

That was the first job I had that actually ignited a true passion of mine. It was work that I felt made a difference, a memory for people on the other side of the kitchen. This feeling drove me for the next nine years. I worked my way up and around BLT and throughout the years at several of the other Valley’s resorts and independent restaurants. Read more>>

Valerie Gray

After five years I have expanded our product line to include 30+ varieties of soap, plus lotions, creams, cuticle balm and more. We sell at a local farmer’s market and several of the larger arts and crafts shows around Arizona. I love working outdoors, meeting my customers, and creating products that are both beautiful and useful. Read more>>

Bronwyn Price

I started taking photos for fun when I was about 12 years old. I used my dad’s Sony A550 without having any knowledge on cameras; I just pointed and shot. Although I was not even close to professionalism, I really enjoyed it as a hobby. My parents noticed this and bought me my first, little Nikon. Read more>>


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