If the inviting smile and soft curls look familiar, you may have seen Alika Ray on a runway or dancing in a Toby Keith music video.
Billie Jo Davis
Although she’s a native of Electra, Texas, Billie Jo Davis always knew she would make it to Dallas.
Nine years ago, Erica Zeplin moved to Dallas and began volunteering with GriefShare classes at Munger Place Church and Watermark Community Church.
This single mother of two works at Studio 3511, the salon on Cedar Springs Road she opened with her business partner, Stephan Hickman.
You might recognize her name from Park Cities People, where she puts to use her journalism degree.
Armed only with two suitcases and their two daughters, Roshana Atiqzoy’s parents immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan in 1979, after the Russian invasion.
Sydney Durso joined the the Dallas Cowyboys Cheerleaders in 2008, and, by the end of her tenure, was the last remaining team member to have cheered at Texas Stadium.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Texas A&M University in 2001, the Arlington-raised beauty moved to Dallas.
Whitney Linscott oversees a team of managers and a $1.2 billion portfolio for Chrysler Capital.
Originally from Eritrea, Yodit Tewolde immigrated to the United States as an infant and was raised in Dallas.
This El Paso transplant has a special guy in her life: her 5-year-old son, Luca.
This North Carolinian bounced around the South, from Durham to Atlanta, before making her way to Dallas.
Robinson is a dental hygienist by occupation and a talent manager in her spare time—she started Spark Talent Management in 2011 and is currently shopping a reality show to networks in L.A.
After one look at Davis, you might vow to take whatever steps necessary to embrace her pro-organic lifestyle.
Owen spent time at the University of Texas in Austin and Los Angeles before settling back in Dallas.
Waddle is an active, outdoorsy woman, and it’s no surprise why—she grew up in Hawaii.
Melissa Rycroft Strickland
If you’re already a fan, you’ll remember following Rycroft Strickland’s love life on the 13th season of The Bachelor.
“I have a fabulous life,” Bhandari says. “But I work hard, and I party hard.”
French is a Texas girl, but she did a little traveling before settling down for good.
It’s likely you’re already familiar with this big-haired Southern gal from the Bravo reality show Most Eligible Dallas.
Wilson has bounced around the country a bit (born in New Orleans, raised in Euless, a short stint in New Jersey), but she’s glad to call Texas home again.
Farmer looks like she’s all freckles and giggles, so you might be surprised when you discover a few facts about this born-and-raised Texas girl.
She’s a veteran model at the Campbell Agency, but Foster is not all about pink things and glitter.
Chang is the president of Linking the World, a worldwide aid organization made up of feeding programs, medical clinics, schools, and disaster response teams.
This intrepid Fox 4 News anchorwoman and reporter covers everything from breaking news to personal stories.
There’s more to this girl than a head full of gorgeous curls, naturally glowing skin, and a rocking body.
Though working for news website DFW Reporting can be challenging, Benjamin focuses on the positive side.
She’s named after Holley brand carburetors, grew up spending time in her dad’s auto parts shop, and learned to drive on a motorcycle with training wheels.
Having grown up with three brothers (and two sisters) in a small town in Oklahoma, Schults says she’s glad she has 8-year-old twin girls.
Don’t get lost in Smith’s pretty green eyes or you’ll miss hearing about all the beautiful charity work she does.
Patel’s the total package: brains (she’s an attorney), beauty (obviously), heart (she’s on the board of the education nonprofit Big Thought), and she’s also a little silly (in the movie of her life, she’d be played by Tina Fey’s 30 Rock alter ego).
“I get to work with the smartest people I know,” Cox says of her job at Jones Day.
This Bengali girl says she’s reserved and introverted, but she’s successfully completing her New Year’s resolution to live outside her comfort zone.
You might recognize this blond bombshell from Bravo’s reality series Most Eligible Dallas.
If you’ve ever held a preconceived notion about the intelligence of a pageant girl, spend a little time with Tran.
This curly-haired beauty is the owner, designer, sales rep, and marketing team behind her own accessories line, Ashard Richley.
It’s hard to get past those blue eyes and silky red locks, but when you do, you discover a down-to-earth family girl.
Bina Palnitkar Patel
Her schedule is packed with long hours preparing for trials, days spent in court, volunteer work for the education nonprofit Lawyers in the Classroom, and a little exercise at Equinox.
This former Miss Missouri USA socializes with celebrities (namely her boyfriend, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, and brother Chace Crawford of Gossip Girl fame). But that doesn’t mean you’ll find her living it up at lavish parties.
With her job as a management and financial services analyst, studying to be a CPA, and volunteering, Seth keeps herself out of trouble.
“I’ve felt like a Dallas girl my whole life,” says the California native, “so now that I’m here, it feels so right.”
Vicki Hutson Ford
After a few minutes with Ford, you’ll want to head out into the world and enjoy it more.
Hubert volunteers for so many organizations that it’s hard to imagine how she has the time to work a paying gig.
“Bee Lee” is fun to say. Saying it is almost as fun as hanging out with the woman who bears the name.
California native Westcott has combined her love for canines with her passion for couture and created BabyLou Pooch Couture, which is sold at Lucky Dog Barkery and Via Pelle in West Village.
Do you listen to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on KISS FM? If so, you probably know more about Wilton than she’d like.
Kaufman doesn’t even remember why she applied to SMU, but once she visited the campus—just for kicks—she was sold on the school and the city.
D’Andra’s list of charitable affiliations is staggering—everything from Junior League to the Genesis Women’s Shelter Alliance and Dallas Summer Musicals—and after speaking with her, it’s clear she’s passionate about each organization.
You could call Gail lots of things—businesswoman, philanthropist, wife, mother.
Heather owns Nest in Snider Plaza and Bell’Invito, a stationery studio known for its handcrafted designs.
Joette loves animals, and she created a successful business, Park Cities Pet Sitter, to prove it.
Besides writing and co-producing her own dance record, this jeans designer and hip-hop class teacher has also teamed up with designer Abi Ferrin to create a line of silk and jersey tops to complement her denim line, Fortune.
The SkinSpaMed owner was turned on to the beauty industry in her early 20s, when she was working as an actress and a model.
This woman loves Texas. Even when she crossed the Red River to live in Tulsa, she claimed to be a Dallas gal.
This bubbly beauty, the marketing director for a real estate law firm and title company, focuses much of her charitable energy on the American Cancer Society.
When she was a child, Nikki’s family moved from Vietnam during the war to a refugee camp in Arkansas.
Wendy moved to Dallas from Costa Rica to become the anchor for Univision, and although she knew not a soul when she arrived a year and a half ago, she has settled right into the Dallas scene.