Who run this world? Girls. Many talented and inspirational women from Vancouver are taking the world by storm. Whether it be in the makeup industry, the art scene, the business world or more, these ladies are constantly taking to the next level and making Vancouver proud. Many Vancouver women have kicked down barriers and risen to the top of their fields. They are a force to be reckoned with and are taking the local and international scene by storm.
These incredible ladies continue to inspire, drive and motivate us to be our best selves and to make a difference in our communities. Vancouver has no shortage of talent, so please note that unfortunately it is not possible to include every talented woman in the city in this article.
These incredible ladies are a living example of what dedication, drive, passion and talent can manifest to. We’re lucky to be able to call them our fellow Vancouverites. So make sure to support them and also show them some love on their social media accounts or websites because it is well deserved. Here’s to you ladies, we’re loving watching you grow and conquer.
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Lauren Mote // @laurenmote
Lauren Mote has won awards and recognition left right and centre. She is an award-winning mixologist and sommelier, and has many accomplishments to list under her name. She is the co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, which is a line of small-batch cocktail and culinary bitters. Lauren has over 16 years of experience in the food and beverage industry in Toronto and on the West Coast.
Meeru Dhalwala // @meerudhalwala
Co-owner and Chef of Vij's and Rangoli
Meeru Dhalwala is the co-owner of the acclaimed Vancouver restaurants Vij's (one of the best Indian restaurants in the city) and Rangoli. Aside from being a talented and accomplished chef, she is also an award-winning cookbook author. Vij's has an all-female kitchen, including Meeru.
Jackie Kai-Ellis // @jackiekaiellis
Founder of Beaucoup Bakery, Author
Jackie Kai-Ellis is a force to be reckoned with in the culinary scene in Vancouver. She founded Beaucoup Bakery in 2012 and is the former owner of the renowned Vancouver bakery. Jackie studied at Paris’ École Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil, before opening Beaucoup Bakery & Café in her home city. She also wrote a memoir called The Measure Of My Powers: A Memoir of Food, Misery, and Paris.
Andrea Carlson // @burdockandco
Andrea Carlson is a talented female chef in Vancouver. She practices the “100 mile diet” movement, which resulted in Canadians using and eating locally sourced and organic ingredients from close distances. Andrea opened both Burdock & Co and Harvest Community Foods.
Chi Le // chirestaurantbar.com/
Owner and Chef of Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Chi Le is a talented chef who also had a food claim to fame as a TV celebrity in Vietnam. She was the runner-up on MasterChef Vietnam in 2014. She opened up Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen in Kitsilano in 2016 and has written two cookbooks.
Katie Ingram // @kringram
Head Bartender L'Abattoir
Katie Ingram is an incredibly talented bartender. She is the Head Bartender at Vancouver restaurant L'Abattoir and also a Bittered Sling Bitter Babe. In the past, she also worked for Uva Wine + Cocktail Bar.
Sabrine Dhaliwal // @sabrinedhaliwal
Bar Manager at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar
Sabrine Dhaliwal is currently the Bar Manager at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar and previously worked at West Restaurant. She is also a Canadian Belvedere Brand Ambassador and was the Global Belvedere Challenge Winner in 2015.
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Jasmine Lorimer // @jasminelorimerhair
Canada's Bachelorette, Master Stylist at Brush Salon
Jasmine Lorimer won over our hearts as Canada's first Bachelorette and continues to stun us with her hair skills and Instagram game. She is a Master Stylist at Brush Salon.
Melissa Merk // @melissamerk
Beauty and Lifestyle Vlogger
Looking for beauty or style inspo? Melissa Merk will be your go-to girl. This multi-talented woman has many accomplishments to her name. She is a Content Creator, Model and YouTuber. She first started started her YouTube channel in 2008 at age 15. Melissa is a model and influencer with Dulcedo, a content creator at Much Music and has worked with brands including L'Oreal, Pantene, and H&M.
Denise Elliot // @deniseelliottbeautyco
Freelance Makeup Artist Specializing in Bridal Makeup, Fashion and Photo Shoots & Owner of Denise Elliott Beauty Co.
Denise is a talented makeup artist that specializes in bridal makeup, fashion and photo shoots. Her personal philosophy is to highlight people's best features in order to let their natural beauty shine. She did her training at Blanche Macdonald Centre in 2005. After working with high-end makeup brands for several years (such as Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Stila, and Nars), Denise worked her way to become an award-winning makeup artist in Vancouver. She received The Best Wedding Makeup Artist award in 2013 at the BC Wedding Awards.
Joanna Keller // @joannakellerbeautique
Owner of Joanna Keller Beautique
Joanna is a shining star in the Vancouver lash game. She graduated from Blanche Macdonald and started out as a lash technician in 2009. She started running her own business in 2012 and is the owner of Joanna Keller Beautique. Her well-known studio has experience staff who specialize in Lash extensions, brow extensions, makeup and more.
Gina Shkeda // @ginashkeda
Makeup Artist, Youtuber
Gina Shkeda is adding Vancouver to the map in the makeup industry. The talented makeup artist and Youtuber has been absolutely killing the makeup game and has started to become a household name with over 800,000 followers on Instagram. She has worked with some of the top brands and names in the field like Gigi Hadid and Maybelline.
Eva Lam // @evalam_ and www.fuckbadhair.com
Hairstylist, Owner of Fuck Bad Hair and full-time creator
Eva Lam is a force to be reckoned with in the hair industry. As the Owner of Fuck Bad Hair, an all women company, she consistently creates dreamy colours blended perfectly and continues to redefines hair goals in Vancouver. She has twelve years of experience.
Bee Lalli // @classyclaws
Curator and Founder of Classy Claws
If you want perfect nails in Vancouver, Bee Lalli will exceed your expectations and then some. Classy Claws started back in 2012 in the basement of Bee's parent's house and has become one of Canada's Top Nail Studios. Up your nail game at her studio in Gastown.
Laura Reid // @laurareidd and The Fashion Files Youtube
Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion YouTuber
Laura Reid is a woman of many talents, to say the least. Her social media accounts are a one-stop spot for inspiration, whether it’s for beauty, fashion, travel, lifestyle or more. She is a lifestyle, beauty and fashion Youtuber and Influencer.
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Melissa Orozco // @melissaorozco
Founder and Creative Director of Yulu PR
Melissa was one of Marketing Magazine's Top 30 Under 30 and it's not hard to understand why. An award-winning entrepreneur, she is the Founder and Creative director of a top Canadian PR agency, Yulu PR. Her previous clients include Perrier and The New York Times.
Tara Teng // @misstarateng
Ethical fashion blogger, Miss World Canada 2012, a TEDx speaker, and the CEO of Justly Market
Tara Teng is a Canadian star. She is an ethical fashion blogger, Miss World Canada 2012, a TEDx speaker, and the CEO of Justly Market. Talk about a women of many talents. Tara is an activist and advocate for gender inequality and ending human trafficking. She is a also mentor with the Miss BC leadership program.
Christie Lohr // @christie_lohr
Founder of Style Nine to Five
Christie is the founder of the first ever Canadian fashion and beauty career websites. She is helping other people in the industry achieve their dream job. Christie founded Style Nine to Five, a fashion job board with postings from companies such as Hudson's Bay, Topshop, and Nordstrom, and Beauty Nine to Five. She was also a former fashion expert on CTV.
Beth Boyle // @beth.boyle
Co-Founder & Principal of Talk Shop Media
Beth Boyle is a PR powerhouse. She founded Talk Shop Media in 2007. Beth also gives back to the community, having developed coaching systems for women in business. She is a social entrepreneur, a volunteer and an instructor at SFU for the PR Certificate Program.
Susie Wall // @susiewallstyle
Fashion media personality and Chatelaine style expert
Susie Wall is a fashionista with many accomplishments to her name. She has worked with several international fashion brands, is a style ambassador for the much anticipated Nordstrom Vancouver, has been featured in numerous TV shows and print publications, and more. She was even named one of Canada's 50 Best Dressed by HELLO! Magazine. Suzi is Chatelaine's west coast Style Editor for CityTV and a regular style contributor to daytime talkshow, Cityline.
Jillian Harris // @jillian.harris
Former ABC Bachelorette, Host on Love it or List it Vancouver, Interior Designer
Former ABC Bachelorette continued to shine in the spotlight after her season. Jillian Harris is a host on Love it or List it Vancouver and an talented interior designer. Her Instagram shows just how aesthetic she is. She is a proud mom to her son Nacho and has a new W show coming out with her fiancé called Jillian and Justin.
Bria Lear // @digidarlings
Skilled doesn't even begin to describe Bria Lear. She is an Educator, marketing expert, and founder of Digital Darlings Creative and Framework Magazine. She started digital lifestyle magazine Framework in 2012 and continued to dominate the media industry by founding Digital Darling Creatives. Bria is empowering and educating women with skills needed for digital design.
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Caley Dimmock // @cjdimmock + caleydimmock.com
Founder & Creative Director, Dimik Creative Group Inc.
Hailing from the East Coast, Caley is the founder and creative director of Dimik Creative Group, where she helps brands and businesses grow through marketing and creative services. Her business allows her to live an exciting lifestyle where she gets put her passions into action for brands and businesses, as well as create her own schedule, allowing her to take time for travel and adventure. As part of her mission to help others succeed, she also teaches online courses on building a personal brand on Instagram, speaks at events, creates useful content on her website, and mentors younger women. She was even featured by Forbes!
Erin Carlson // hellotomorrow.ca + @hellotmrw
Owner and Videographer of Hello Tomorrow Films
Erin Carlson, alongside her husband Maclean Carlson, are award-winning wedding filmmakers and the brains behind Hello Tomorrow Films, one of the top wedding video companies in Vancouver. They believe in telling stories that resonate using film as a medium, and it's safe to say they have and continue to succeed. Their videos will have you encapsulated in a visual fairytale.
Shari + Mike // @shariandmike
Wedding Photographer and Co-owner of Shari + Mike
Shari and her husband Mike, are the creative geniuses behind Shari + Mike photography. Their dreamy photos are the wedding pictures you dream of having. They are an award-winning duo for good reason. Some of their accomplishments include being named the Rangefinder Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2015 and claiming awards from Junebug Weddings and the BC Wedding Awards for numerous years.
Anita Chow // @anitachowy
Social Media Influencer
When Anita first started her Instagram account, it was began as a simple way to showcase her travels. However, after realizing her potential as a social media influencer, she left her corporate 9 to 5 career in the dust. Anita is now driven to share her lifelong passion for travelling with others through social media. This Hawaiian native and Vancouver local has travelled to over 70 countries in the last five years and is constantly inspired to share her experiences and explorations with her audience.
Brittany So // @burnt.butter
Freelance Artist and Graphic Designer
Brittany is a freelance designer/ illustrator — aka meaning she gets to draw and be creative full time. She went from one design school to the next, but realized that she was way more productive with the time spent outside of that environment. So she decided to drop out. Now Brittany does anything from designing small logos to painting murals. As long as it’s a space where she can create, she goes for it. Her work has been featured in magazines like Juxtapoz and Bust, and some of her clients include Fluevog and TEDx. Her pieces are distinct, creative and inspiring.
Leina Megurikami // www.leinamegurikami.com + @leinameg
Freelance Graphic + Website Designer
Leina went to UBC and is a talented freelancer, offering graphic and website design services. Before her current position, she worked at a marketing agency and found it dull and unfulfilling. She's always had a strong interest in the creative field, but at first didn't know how to transition her passion into a career. But Leina still wanted to make her dreams of working remotely a reality and to have the freedom to live a life she loved. So she took the courageous leap and quit her 9-5 job. She says that although it's definitely challenging, it's also one of the most rewarding feelings.
Emma Choo // @vancouverfoodie and Vancouver Foodie Youtube
Food Blogger and YouTuber
Emma Choo started Vancouver Foodie over 4 years ago and has become a Vancouver household name in the Instagram food scene, with almost 35,000 followers. She has even expanded to start a Youtube channel as well. Emma was the Hong Kong Social Media Ambassador and has also done Vlogs for Narcity. She is authentic, uplifting and positive in all her endeavours, online or offline. Not sure where to eat in the city? Look no further than @vancouverfoodie.
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Danielle Wiebe // @vancitybusinessbabes
Founder of Vancity Business Babes
Danielle Wiebe believes in "collaboration - not competition", and founded Vancity Business Babes in 2015, which created a supportive community for professional women to grow and connect with each other in Vancouver. Her passion and skill has helped drive the success of Vancity Business Babes in 2015. Vancity Business Babes is full of helpful resources for women in all kinds of careers. For instance, they constantly hosting networking events, panels and talks.
Genicca Whitney // @_badassladyboss
Founder of Badass Lady Boss Collective
Genicca Whitney is a self proclaimed "badass lady boss" and her accomplishments definitely help verify her title. She built an online platform and community to help both successful and established female entrepreneurs. Aside from providing several relevant resources and encouragement on her social media platforms and website, she also hosts events for women to meet and connect.
Jessica Birak // @mintandbirch
Founder of Mint and Birch
Mint and Birch is a premium quality, artisanal bar jewelry that is highly sophisticated and aesthetically pleasing and Jessica Birak is the talented mastermind behind the brand. Each piece of handcrafted jewelry is customizable.
Taylor Hui // @betheroster and @beayoutiful_org
Model, Actress, Founder of Be The Roster
Taylor Hui is a women of many talents to her name. She is a model, actress, founder of a non-government organization and creator of a fashion brand. She started her own charitable organization in order to empower young girls, BeaYOUtiful. The NGO aims to empower young girls by providing mentorship programs and helping to build self-confidence. She also launched her own fashion label, The Roster, which aims to disrupt the social boundaries of what is beautiful and uplift both women and men. Taylor has been helping to bring values of self-worth, self-appreciation and and inner-beauty to the community.
Miriam Alden // @miriamalden and @brunettethelabel
Founder and Creative Director of Brunette The Label
Miriam Alden is a creative mastermind. Not only is she the founder and creative director of Brunette The Label, but also founded sister company Brunette Showroom in 2009. In 2015, she founded Brunette the Label, a clothing brand that is refreshingly energetic and feminine apparel. She is also all about Babes Supporting Babes, and who wouldn't want to support that?
Tessa Garcia Consejo // @maccsthelabel
Founder of MACCS The Label
Canadians and Australians are known to get along and be pretty similar. Seriously, just look at how many Australians come live in Vancouver (especially Whistler) and how many Canadians go down to Australia. So Tessa Garcia strategically made use of this in the fashion industry. She created Vancouver based clothing line MACCS The Label, which draws inspiration from the carefree, boho, Aussie style.
Lauren and Mariel Armstrong // @marielarmstrong and @misslva
Founders of fashion label PARTYSKIRTS
Forget power couples, this power sister duo is goals. Lauren and Mariel Armstrong founded PARTYSKIRTS, a unique Vancouver-based clothing brand that is fun and fashionable. Their designs are making waves and the sisters have already been featured in magazines such as Glamour, Teen Vogue and ELLE Canada. Lauren and Mariel Armstrong are helping rep Vancouver in the fashion industry.
Breanna Musgrove // @scout_catalogue
Founder of Scout & Catalogue
Breanna Musgrove is the creative genius behind fashion brand Scout & Catalogue. The Vancouver-based line features beautiful and unique accessories inspired by the bohemian beach lifestyle in Mexico. All of the dyed pieces are personally handcrafted in their Vancouver studio. Breanna was previously a graphic designer and also worked as a Creative Director in fashion.