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Trailblazers: Quincy

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

Sara Doherty

My life almost came to an abrupt end in 2011 and in a way it did because today, my story and my life have completely transformed. I’ve been reborn, physically with a stem cell transplant and personally with a deeper understanding of my journey, my purpose and my self-worth. Read more>>

Olivia O’Hara

Everyone around me knew that was my calling. I was the girl who “wore too much makeup” or “changed her hair color every week.” I was dedicated to cosmetology. I had amazing teachers who taught me almost everything I know now about hair and makeup. At the end of my junior year, I got my cosmetology license and in my senior year of high school, I opened up my own full-service salon right inside my house. Read more>>

Mavis Elmyra Hicks

Beauty N Simplicity began as an escape from my 9-5. I had done all the right things. Attended the best hospitality school in the country (Johnson & Wales University), worked for world renown companies, lived in multiple cities, to seemly sit at my career peak at 28 working for Harvard University and I was miserable. Read more>>

Audra Bradstreet

I hired a fantastic local marketing firm out of Nantucket to create the face of BOHO thrift shop and design the initial website. I linked out to several third party sites and in January of 2015, the first sale was made. I’ve been actively building the brand and growing a customer base throughout the past three years and BOHO has over 10,000 customers today. Read more>>

Francesca Jestings

Having Italian roots, my personal life has always been focused around food. So much so my brother became a Chef in New York! I grew up loving everything from home-cooked meals to elaborate upscale dining experiences. When I received my first smartphone, I started taking pictures of food I made at home and shared recipes with my friends. Read more>>

Kat Hanafin

I became a professional photographer ten years ago, but have been in love with it since I was mini. Back then, I had a small, black plastic camera which had been a promo item from my Dad’s job at P&G. On my first day with it, I blew through the first roll of film in no time. When I came back into the house, I proclaimed to my parents “I’m going to need a lot more film.” Read more>>

Michelle Smoller

I have always known my passion was in the hair and makeup industry and helping people look and feel beautiful. I knew at a very young age that it was important for women to feel comfortable in their own skin in order to go out into the world with confidence. Read more>>

Trang Le

Working for Dior allowed me to see how fashion and beauty go alongside each other. My job was a dream. I was able to make use of my business knowledge and at the same time, satisfy my artistic soul. I also loved the travel aspect of it since my stores spread across three states. Read more>>

Lory Sun

I began my artistic journey at a young age in Transylvania by watching my mother sew, and eventually began making jewelry and fashion accessories. Only after moving to the United States in 2013, my creations started getting attention when I would make pieces for my husband’s photography. Read more>>

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