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Trailblazers: Norcross

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

Monira Uddin

All my life, my parents used their struggle and kept pushing us to do well in school and to study hard so that we can have better lives. My dad always said, no one can ever take your education away from you. I studied hard and excelled and went to one of the top high schools in the country. I went to a private university on full scholarship and went on to dental school. Read more>>

 Whitney White

When I really examined my goals, I knew that I needed to become more financially responsible if I intended on running a thriving business. I taught myself everything I could about money management, credit, and financial literacy. I spent hours in the public library reading and teaching myself, which led me to also obtain my certification to teach financial education. Out of my own experiences and struggles, my true passion was discovered. Read more>>

Julie Fordham

I grew up my art never stopped and working in my books continued to be a constant practice. Creating daily became something I needed to do in order to feel like myself. Meditative. I don’t think I even considered any other career but one that involved creating. So, in 2002, I started my first year of art college. Read more>>

Destiny Konan

My natural hairstyles came out better when I used the Hair and Body Conditioner. I decided to sell it to the public because I knew that I was not the only kinky hair lady struggling to embrace her natural curls. I also knew I was not the only one suffering from a dry skin disorder. From my journey up into when I first applied the Hair and Body Conditioner on my hair and skin. Read more>>

Crystal Levy

What I’ve found works best for me, is to remember to stay in my own lane and do my own thing. Especially right now in the Instagram world, it’s easy to get caught up on the comparison train and wonder why you’re not growing as fast as “so and so” or wonder why you’re not getting invited to the blogger events in town. But when you really take a step back and keep doing what you do for the love of it, and not for the recognition, that’s when it’ll start to shift. Read more>>

Kamaiya Fleming

Eight years ago, we both started off in the restaurant industry, opening one up in Buckhead and becoming store trainers together. From there, we followed each other from one restaurant gig to the next, until one day we made a promise to ourselves that this particular restaurant was the last one we were going to work in. Both of us were ready for something bigger and wanted to create something of our own. Read more>>

Hope Alyssa

I have interned for news stations, artists, marketing companies and even the UniverSoul Circus but food has always been a driving force in my life. I’ve always been a hungry person who lives to eat. Growing up, food was everything to me because my mom always made the best meals and took me to the most popular restaurants in Houston. Read more>>

Camille Wilson

A couple of years after I started to become successful in the wedding and family photography industry, I realized that what I was photographing wasn’t making me feel as happy as it should have been. I always told myself that I wanted to make big changes in people’s lives, especially women’s lives. I’m a hugely outspoken feminist who has had her fair share of body and self-love issues. Read more>>

Teniqua Westry

Unlike many of my peers, I did not have a job lined up after graduation and became discouraged as I felt that I was not living up to the dream that was painted to me from peers, professors, and administration in my college years. Working many part-time jobs and now a full-time job to pay bills and support myself, while also working on an MBA, I’ve been allotted opportunities to genuinely think about what it is that I truly want to do. Read more>>

Alexis D.

I’m most know for my blogging and writing. A lot of times, I express them in spoken word, VLOGS, Blog Post, and even random talking videos. My craft is in speaking, and speaking truthfully. I speak through my art of fashion, modeling, and video production. TheLillySpeaks is a business that serves as a representation for the underrepresented, and as a voice for the silenced. Read more>>

Candace Peterson

To say this was smooth road would be a lie, but if you stay strong, then you won’t regret it. I come close to giving up because I felt like I had hit a wall halfway through my journey to becoming licensed. So, I look towards other avenues and found a mentor who helped me work through my struggles. My advice would be, prepare yourself for struggle and don’t let it defeat you. You can accomplish your dreams if you can just hang on. And, never be afraid to seek help if you find yourself fighting to stay afloat. You can do this. Read more>>

Sara Wada

It was so heartbreaking to hear that the majority of these kids will forever be orphans and not adopted because of the fact in Haiti there is so much corruption. The rules for adoption is very strict. In Jordan, I went to the visit the Syrians and Palestinians living in the tents in Mafraq. The refugees need us. They feel like they have no hope nor voice. Read more>>

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