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 Phoenix that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I soon realized that it’s not always easy to go to a restaurant and learning the only thing safe to eat is lettuce with nothing on it. Going to get-togethers where you know the food isn’t going to be safe can be tough too because you don’t want to offend anyone by not eating their food. Along with all those struggles, it’s tough learning to read food labels. Read more>>
Life was good and my skin looked great! Then, life got better when I welcomed my little girl, Lily Odile, into the world in 2014. Following Lily’s birth, I made sure to take care of myself – well, as much as a new mom can – but, like many of us, I was balancing an infant and a new full-time job. Life was hectic and I was doing my best. Read more>>
I launched the channel on January 1st of this year and it was a great way to start out the New Year! I give others tips and reviews on wines they can buy in the store and not fly all the way to France to get. Also, I am apart of the Tucson Sommelier group where we blind taste test wines, where later on, I will be testing for the Certified Sommelier Exam. Read more>>
Maybe some stories that you hadn’t heard during the day. Eventually, it evolved into being more photojournalism than anything and I remembered what I truly loved, getting to tell someone’s story by showing people what they were actually like in the little moments. Which was why I started SunnySideUpPhotography. Read more>>
Vela’s work has been featured in various publications including Essence and Sophisticated Black Hair magazines and she has been a contestant in various hair and fashion shows including Fashion for a Cause, Phoenician Fire, Square N Compass, and the Inferno Hair Show. Read more>>
I currently teach all my classes at Radi8 Hot Yoga in Arcadia and could not think of a better community to be a part of. We just ran our first Radi8 retreat in Puerto Vallarta that I was lucky enough to be chosen to co-lead with my friend and fellow instructor Angella Tortorici. Life is good in the yoga world and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next. Read more>>
Starting something new is always a challenge, but that’s just part of the journey. If you want to be successful you need to practice, ask questions from people you look up to and work really hard. I’m lucky that I had friends who were familiar in the industry and could give me tips and teach me about different aspects of the community I wasn’t aware of. Read more>>
As a woman of color, I always will have to work harder than anyone else around me. My intelligence, character, skills, appearance, and spirit will always be tested in our society. To my fellow sisters who find themselves in the same boat, do not let these false boundaries stop you from having a life that you deserve. Read more>>
I began my journey in the cannabis industry about four years ago. Being a vegan of five years, yoga teacher, yoga student for over 15 years, an avid gardener… cannabis and plant medicine is at the core of my health and wellness journey. Throughout my life, I have dealt with depression and anxiety starting at a very young age. Read more>>
Dr. G. Martha Crespo-Jiménez
My desire to become a chiropractor raised when I was in college studying Elementary Education. I went to a chiropractor by the recommendations of my yoga instructor and that’s when everything started. I completed my degree in Elementary Education, hence my passion for teaching others. Read more>>
It started with just a few local art shows, and that has now become my full-time job. As an independent artist, I now spend my time on commissioned projects and creating work for my retailers. I also joined forces with the extremely talented Gail Roberts and we continue making public art in her unique three-dimensional mosaic style. Read more>>