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Trailblazers: Midtown

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

Tobey Renee Sanders

I am happy to say, 15 years later, I’m still in business. I am also an Art Director/Set Designer for the tv/film industry. I’ve worked on several shows such as Bravo’s RHOA, Vh-1’s Teyana & Iman, Lifetime’s Little Women ATL, The Kandi Factory, Xscape: Read more>>

Zuri Coleman

I began my career in the beer industry as a bartender and a keg washer. My overwhelming passion for beer and continuing education led to several promotions to become a finishing brewer. Read more>>

Tyra Mills

I’ve been a creative person at heart for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I used to draw and create little projects to hang up in my room all of the time. In middle school, I expressed myself through online coding (mostly through Myspace). Read more>>

Kayluh Stewart

I went through training, and completed my hours and became a master cosmetologist. 6 months after starting my career, I entered a “blonde hair contest.” I ended up winning the competition and was flown out to NYC to do a publishing & photoshoot of my work with Modern Salon. Read more>>

Laura Fryer

After graduation, I moved to New York City and worked in consulting before transitioning to a job with a boutique, hospitality-focused PR firm that represented clients like Dean & DeLuca, sweetgreen, il Buco, and Counter Culture Coffee. Read more>>

Ashley White

One of my favorite things now is actually being able to focus on connecting with my clients, getting creative, and making imagery that is not only beautiful but feels important. Whether I am shooting weddings, families, boudoir, or models, I feel that the connection I have to photography. Read more>>

Alicia Hoffer and Amelia Kaywood

We – Amelia and Alicia – fell into being florist by a bit of chance, some family history, and a lot of passion. Amelia’s mom volunteered Amelia to create arrangements for a family friend’s wedding. In a panic, she called on me for help. Why? Read more>>

Michelle Benjamin

My passion for being a creative was birthed when I created my first blog while in high school. I truly loved expressing myself and having the ability to connect with others online. It was then that I began getting into the world of graphic design and content creation as well. Read more>>

Lisa Sharp

It is my nature to customize whatever I own to my exact specifications. I cannot leave things alone and cookie cutter anything makes me cringe. I thoroughly enjoy the process of trying things, tweaking them and swapping them out if I tire of them or if they don’t work. Read more>>

Hannah Twiggs

I’ve always had a passion for beauty that started at a young age with my involvement in dance and local community theatre. I was amazed by the way that makeup was used to transform actors and dancers to fit the role they were portraying. Read more>>

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