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Age: 28
Occupation: Clothing Designer

Why She’s a Semifinalist: Sheridan French—yes, that's her real name—is a Texas girl through and through. She was born and raised in Fort Worth, but before settling in for good, she did a little traveling. She attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and worked in Prada's press office in London before moving back to Texas, marrying her husband, having babies, and starting her namesake clothing line. Now, with three kiddos ranging from 14 months to 4 years, she's making the garments and accessories of her dreams. Bright colors and bold prints are inspired by a few of her favorite places: India, the Greek Isles, Paris, and the Scottish Islands. But even with all her travels, Lonesome Dove in the stockyards is her favorite restaurant in the world.

Fun Fact: If given a day of peace and quiet, Sheridan would spend it playing Nintendo 64.

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How We Picked The Semifinalists: We solicited nominations through www.dmagazine.com, plus we threw in our own candidates. After looking through hundreds of nominations, and interviewing dozens of women, D Magazine editors narrowed the pool down to 20 semifinalists.