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Trailblazers: Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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 Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Zi Nguyen

I never thought that I would become a photographer, despite enjoying marking arts when I was young. In 2009, I moved from Vietnam, where I grew up, to Seattle, Washington for school. Read more>>

Amber Rae

I started playing with makeup as a medium soon after, and got my first makeup job as an artist for Prescriptives. Over the next few years, I went on to work for several other major brands, such as Aveda and Kryolan. Read more>>

Fiona Hoang

Growing up, I was always inspired by them but never took the steps to become a cosmetologist. It was only until I got my Bachelors in Science that I realized how unhappy I was and decided to go to cosmetology school and pursue something I actually loved. Read more>>

Jena Tang

My story began with a demanding corporate sales background. I worked in inside sales, outside sales, B2B and B2C, I cold-called, I knocked on doors, and I actually really loved the job (and attribute much of my success to the skills I acquired in the field). Read more>>

Jacy Dawn Valeras

Everything from promoting my shows to creating a fan club, editing videos of my performances and learning how to design my own website excited me above everything else. I was always destined to continue in that area of the business. Read more>>

Sue Bruce

I have always been fascinated with photographing people, even more so than landscapes or objects (although I did spend many years doing product photography from home) because it’s so challenging to do well. Read more>>

Irene Fassler

Circadian recognizes that sleep is integral to improving businesses’ human capital and employee well-being. Circadian Corporate Sleep Programs offers customized sleep education and training programs for sustainable sleep improvement to enhance the lives of employees both at work and at home. Read more>>

Wanda Perez

My love for makeup consumed me. I invested every cent, every minute of my free time, to learning everything I could. I would wear elaborate makeup looks- most times involving glitter- to do mundane things like go to the grocery store. Read more>>

Lisa Van Orden

My goal was to become like those young ladies on that stage. I wanted to embody the qualities and talents that I saw in those young ladies and maybe become Miss America someday. Read more>>

Kaylee Donovan

I had found a true passion for color and extensions and knew that in order to really explore those things i had to step out on my own. I started renting my first chair at the age of 22 and that’s where the real growth took place! Read more>>

Stefanny Diaz

I decided to learn how to do makeup. It took me longer to learn how to do makeup than special effect actually. I was never into makeup util after I learned special effects and started getting into body painting. Read more>>

Le Doan

Making people look and feel beautiful was my passion. As the demands for makeup grew, I ventured out to become a makeup artist as well. Nowadays, I’ve also started doing eyelash extensions. Read more>>

Bianca Palumbo

Blogging seemed a natural transition from my educational background. I launched Bianca Blogs in 2015 as a creative outlet where I could share my thoughts and inspire others. It has taken several years and many edits to share the site I do today! Read more>>

Tiffany Cook

Photography helps us celebrate our relationships and our life. I started telling my own babies stories through photography and wanted to help other families tell theirs as well. Read more>>

Maggie Sutherland

What I originally thought might turn into a career, turned into something so much better. I gained experience in social media and blogging a field I didn’t realize I loved… Read more>>

Jocelyn Pierce

Even as a child, I loved to bake. Years ago, I started making small cakes for friends’ dinner parties and birthdays and later, for their weddings. There was something incredibly special about being a part of their celebrations. Read more>>

Amy Murgatroyd

I first ventured into photography in 2011 when a friend and pro passed down her old Nikon DSLR. Determined to shoot in manual right out of the gate, I read everything I could get my hands on and practiced every day. Read more>>

Claudia Gomez

It really all started with me being freed from an oppressed mentality that constantly kept me thinking I couldn’t accomplish anything great, that great things could happen to anyone else but me. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Phyllis

    May 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    The work Brittney Trainito did on our wedd8ng was more than anyone could have imagined. I truly felt like a Queen! My pictures came out AMAZING! She not made me look and feel so beautiful i was very Camera Freindly.

    I wish I could put her in my pocket where ever I go! A true blessing to have her!

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