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Trailblazers: Phoenix

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.

Mandy Feld

I created my website as a way to connect with people around the world. To share my life experiences and products I have used that make my life easier. I thought if I did the hard work and tested all the products, I would help other moms save money and time. When I started my blog as a way to connect with people all over the world and I have achieved that. Read more>>

Jade Frazier

My first job at The Play Factory in Desert Ridge led me to the start of my career as an entertainer with The Walt Disney Company at Radio Disney Phoenix. My job requirements included delivering talking points, recording on-air commercials, on-site branding, and live entertainment. Radio Disney exposed opportunities in broadcasting and developed my skills. Read more>>

Chardai Fisher

There, I still found myself doing girl’s hair whenever I found some free time. Two years later, I am living in Covington, GA with my aunt and they enroll me in Empire beauty school in Dunwoody, GA, which was an hour away but I was young and determined. I went to school full time and completed in a year. Read more>>

Tasha Dichoza

When I was in my twenties dealing with everything, I never lose hope. I would always turn to God, I would sit in silence and say to myself “There has to be a purpose to all the pain that I am going through.” I continue to live my life and continue to search for my purpose. Read more>>

Dibya Choudhury

I was overweight until 2016. So, I always found myself not getting fitted to most of the trendy clothes. That’s how I started my fitness journey. This might be a funny reason but that is the fact. Gradually, I started loving my fit body and I could see results in just a few months. In around eight months, I lost 10-11 kgs and then I realized we just need to be determined to do what we want and nothing is impossible in life. Read more>>

Rachael Schaefer

From a very young age, I knew that I loved to express myself in various ways. Fashion, music, photography, decorating, writing, traveling, etc. For some reason, I always felt that I had to choose one that defined me and make a career out of it. I was so concerned with creating an image for myself rather than just being myself and letting my identity showcase that. Read more>>

Jacqueline Thomas

I have been a part of the Miss America/Miss Arizona Organization for almost six years now and it has completed transformed me into the women I am today. There has been some backlash in the media recently regarding the Miss America Organization (MAO), so I wanted to start by clearing some things up. MAO is a wonderful, incredible organization that does amazing things for women and their surrounding communities. Read more>>

Chanel Monet

I’m a 21-year-old aspiring beauty influencer and makeup artist. I’ve been playing with makeup since high school. I only had one friend who would let me practice makeup on them, everyone else refused or was just flat out mean about it. But I did not stop. I’ve always been in love with drawing and makeup is literally drawing on your face. It’s what makes me happy. So, I’m happy to make a career out of it. Read more>>

Hallie Bolonkin

From doodling all over my notes in school and photographing my friends on the weekend, the urge to create continued to grow as I became older. My grandma, a self-taught artist, always encouraged me to explore different avenues of art, and she helped put me through school in the fine arts department at The University of Arizona. There I tried my hand at graphic design and followed my career path in advertising as a graphic designer. Read more>>

Corinna Cooke

I write about traveling in Italy on my Corinna B’s World blog and along the way people started reaching out to me from all over the world asking questions and telling me they used my blog for guidance both when planning their trips to Italy and also while they were there on vacation, so I decided to write a book. My book, Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy, published in July 2018 and has become a best seller! Read more>>


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