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Trailblazers: Dorchester

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

Vanessa Santos

I am a licensed Psychotherapist, Holistic Health Coach and Reiki Practitioner from Dorchester. Before I started wearing all these hats, I was a girl from the Bowdoin Street area of Dorchester who wanted nothing more than to grow up and just serve others. It is no surprise that I would later start a company dedicated to helping women of color in their health and wellness journey. Read more>>

Claude Michelle Aubourg

I got where I am today by acknowledging the gift I was given and by having a desire to impact my community through the arts. I also got where I am because I had an amazing group of young girls that had a passion for dance. Read more>>

Erika Vines-Powell

I always imagined myself working in the fashion industry in some sort of capacity. I found myself in the mall one day window shopping, and I said out loud “this would be a great occupation.” I decided that day to created a Facebook page dedicated to my love of fashion & style. Read more>>

Melanie Blood

Art became an integral part of my high school years, as an outlet during challenging times. I knew by senior year that I needed to pursue a career as an artist. Massachusetts College of Art and Design was by far one of the best decisions I have made, it challenged my beliefs and thoughts and opened my mind up to so many new ideas. Read more>>

Dana Bonner

I learned from the other nail tech there and watch videos all the time to make my work better. If I could not do something on a client nails I would do it on myself just so others can see. Read more>>

Blondine Jules

My path at the time entailed being my own boss, which was only my motive. The start of my journey in this business started Late 2015 when I created “HairByJamiline, after many great compliments, I decided that this is what I wanted as a career. Read more>>

Marissa D’Angelo

Studying fashion in college lead me down a road of creative opportunities. I’ve styled window displays for Chanel + Louis Vuitton, organized farmers markets + food truck festivals and I’m currently managing events for the exclusive caterer of the Peabody Essex Museum. Read more>>

Darlene Charles

I’ve always had a passion for sports and the way an athlete moves, whether it be up and down the field, court, or simply running a straight-away with natural speed down the track. Read more>>

Cheresse McCrory

I first started sewing in my Junior year of High School. I started off making curtains and pillows. My first project was a huge arm rest pillow. It cam out so nice and people loved it. Read more>>

Cheyenne Capri

I have acquired a set of personal equipment and a collection of independent film projects, which is how my portfolio was created. Nowadays, I work mainly in the film/commercial industry as a Camera Assistant. Read more>>

LaShonda DeVaughn

I wrote my first book “A Hood Chick’s Story” and here I am fourteen books later and over twenty published by other Authors under my company, LSDV Productions. Read more>>

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