Who run the world? Dallas women -- in part, at least. Every day, the women on this list prove that success can be seized by those who dare to dream big. But we'd like to give special recognition to each of these incredible Dallas women who work in the areas of film, art, fashion, food, design and music.
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Robin Wright, native Dallasite and star of Forrest Gump and The Princess Bride, has found her most powerful role to date as Claire Underwood on Netflix's original series House of Cards. Wright hopefully doesn't share all of her personality traits with the oft-scheming Underwood, but we do see some major similarities. Both women are fastidious in their craft, both are determined to succeed, and both are unafraid to call the shots. On March 4, the show's fourth season became available to stream (and binge-watch in full) on Netflix.
Erica Felicella has spent more than a decade working to promote the arts in Dallas. As the executive director of ArtCon, she leads the nonprofit's team in bringing together artists and musicians to raise funds for creative organizations in North Texas. As an artist herself, Felicella knows that communities are better served when they are welcoming and encouraging artists to create. She is a tireless worker for others and an inspirational creative.
When it comes to Dallas restaurants, it's (mostly) a man's world. But that's changing. In Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's list of the best new restaurants in D-FW in 2015, two of the nine top chefs were female. One of them, Misti Norris, runs the kitchen at Small Brewpub in Oak Cliff. Her food is "delightfully defiant," Brenner writes in a three-star review. She's certainly earned her spot as a 2016 James Beard Award semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Watch her.
As president and CEO of Neiman Marcus, Karen Katz is a woman in charge. The company reported $5.1 billion of revenue in 2015, which is a testament to the behemoth of a business Katz is tasked with running. While keeping attention on brick-and-mortar stores, Katz has overseen the refinement of Neiman Marcus' e-commerce options. As a result, more than a quarter of the company's revenue came from online sales during the last quarter of 2015.
Still, Katz remembers her Dallas roots: She told CNBC back in 2010 that, when she retires from Neiman Marcus, she'd like to be a barista at the Starbucks in Highland Park Village.
Before she forged a career in music as a teen, Dallas native Selena Gomez captured the attention of even younger audiences on Barney as a baby-faced star on the rise. Ever since, her list of accomplishments has grown longer with each passing year.
2016 is proving to be no different for Gomez. Already, two singles from her latest album, Revival, made the top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and her new movie with Paul Rudd, The Fundamentals of Caring, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. You go, girl!
A fellow Barney alum and lifelong friend of Gomez's, Demi Lovato has a successful career of her own. Though she faced public struggles with depression and eating disorders, the former Dallasite has focused her life on inspiring other women to love themselves through positive messages in her music. Her single, "Confident," made it to No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and she dared to bare it all in a nude, makeup-free photoshoot for Vanity Fair. Confident and crushing it.
Though she may not be as well-known as Gomez or Lovato, Alysha Deslorieux is making waves of her own. This Booker T. Washington High graduate left Big D for the Big Apple, where she has found success in a brutally demanding industry: musical theatre. Currently starring in Broadway's smash hit Hamilton, which recently won the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album, Deslorieux is undoubtedly a performer to watch for. (Pictured here: She stands second from left during a production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway.
This talented Dallasite recently scored the opportunity of a lifetime -- she was selected to join indie band M83 for their upcoming world tour. Kaela Sinclair, a singer/songwriter who studied at University of North Texas, applied to join the band after lead singer Anthony Gonzales started a search for a new singer and keyboardist. Upon announcing Sinclair is joining the band for its upcoming tour, Gonzales tweeted, "I think @kaelasinclair is amazing and I can't wait for you to meet her."
See Kaela perform onstage with M83 at The Bomb Factory on April 8.
Erykah Badu never seems to run out of worlds to conquer. From being a beloved singer from Dallas to throwing epic birthday parties to styling a show at New York Fashion Week, it appears there's nothing this woman can't do. If someone could capture Essence of Badu in a jar, we'd buy it.
This Southern Methodist University grad co-founded RewardStyle, an online shopping tool that kicks money back to fashion bloggers who recommend popular items. According to Success Magazine, Venz's young company brought in $270 million in sales in 2014. She reps Dallas proudly, according to a Texas Monthly story: "We had to overcome a lot of obstacles not being in Silicon Valley," said co-founder and husband Baxter Box in the Texas Monthly story. "But we thought Dallas had the right ingredients, and we wanted to make this a tech hub."
Jane Aldridge, a.k.a. @seaofshoes
Jane Aldridge may not be a familiar name in every home, but she is in a few important ones. The Dallas-based fashion blogger has caught the eye of Kanye West and the writers at Vogue, not to mention the 182,000 people who follow her on Instagram. This 24-year-old (yes, you read that right) is building an empire from her smartphone, and it revolves around her love of footwear. Talk about #goals.
Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent
She writes original songs. She sings like an angel. But Annie Clark -- best known as her stage name St. Vincent -- commands a guitar like the offspring of Stevie Ray Vaughan and an alien species. Raised in Dallas, the Lake Highlands High School alumna began playing guitar at 12 and toured as a roadie for her aunt and uncle, famous jazz musicians Tuck & Patti. Today, she's a Grammy Award winning indie rock artist whose fourth solo album and subsequent appearances on late-night stages formally solidified mainstream popularity in 2014. She no longer calls Dallas home -- though you might spot her from time to time at Resident Taqueria, her sister's taco shop in Lake Highlands. No matter: We will claim her as ours.
Tamela Mann became a mainstay in film and TV as one of Tyler Perry's players, but her career has taken on a life of its own. Mann, from Fort Worth, and her husband, David, have a reality show called It's a Mann's World. And she's a gospel supernova, with songs such as the award-winning and inescapable "Take Me to the King" taking her even higher.
BONUS: Joanna Gaines
We're stretching D-FW just a bit here, to Waco: Joanna Gaines is half of the dynamic duo behind the Waco-based HGTV addicting series Fixer Upper. In addition to epitomizing #relationshipgoals with her husband and business partner, Chip, Gaines has made a name for herself as a visionary interior designer despite having never studied interior design. (Fun fact: She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Communications.) Gaines grew up in Texas, where she and her husband co-own several businesses.
Sarah Blaskovich, Dawn Burkes, Liz Farmer, Brentney Hamilton and Hannah Wise contributed to this story.