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Trailblazers: Roxbury

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

Jordana Soliel

Behind the camera, JordanaSoliel enjoys being able to capture moments that last forever and capture sights that people miss. JordanaSoliel is extremely conscious behind the camera provoking people to feel the beauty around them and feel a responsibility to heal the despair that is caught behind her lens. Read more>>

Elisanett Martinez

After I stopped dancing, I started searching for a new outlet that would allow me to express myself the way dance did. For the most part I wrote and actually got pretty good at it and was eventually published. Read more>>

Brittany Sousa

I remember coming home to my roommate telling me she had signed up for a Pilates class at a studio in our neighborhood and she convinced me to go with. I was hooked from that day on! There’s something about the energy and motivation that group fitness creates that I couldn’t get enough of. Read more>>

Shelayne “Shey” Davis

I started doing hair as a child with my mother. On weekends my mother would braid hair to make extra money, I was her assistant by the age of 6. I grew up as the hair stylist to most of my friends, interestingly enough I didn’t have dreams to become a hairstylist. Read more>>


I loved painting nails since a child. When I was 9 we moved to Arizona. My parents were very stylish and I remember my mom always wearing the Lee Press On nails. Read more>>

Capella Auriga

When I was younger impersonating and imitating people was second nature. My first year at Fisher College I auditioned for the drama club and landed my first leading role as a woman named Meg from the Playwright The Women. Read more>>

Jennifer Sheehan

I always knew I wanted to do something relating to science, unless my dream of becoming a Disney star worked out. But in all seriousness science classes were always my favorite part of school, and I love mysteries. Read more>>

Sergia Dupoux

Photography has become therapy for me it is a vehicle I use to express how I see the world. I get to meet amazing people and capture moments in their lives that they will never forget and I’m honored to be a part of those memories, I see endless potential on how to use this craft and that is really the main reason I love it so much! Read more>>

Sandhya Garg

Rendering my unique point of view, I makes sure that a strong signature, identity and a clear vision, are the foundation of the brand. Sandhya Garg woman is confident, fierce, artistic and ready to embrace the cultures of the world. Read more>>

Arielle Sharai Gray

I’ve always been a writer and creator, ever since I can remember. I realized that the only way I was going to live a life of creative freedom was to make working for myself my goal. Read more>>

Nastahja Cazeau

When I was younger there weren’t that many hair stylist Vets willing to extend to a hand or even an ear . I wanted to be that . It’s hard to have a resume full of experience if no one is willing to give you that chance to practice. Read more>>

Hayley Klaudt

I started doing makeup around 16, but I like to think that makeup discovered me. If you asked 10-year-old Hayley what she was going to be when she grew up, makeup artist wouldn’t even cross her mind. I was always very artistic and I loved to paint, so naturally, when I started doing makeup I loved it. Read more>>

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