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As full-time heavy equipment operators at the Black Thunder mine in Powder River Basin, Stephanie Bryce, left, and Krissy Borcher decided to open up a clothing boutique on the side. Courtesy Jeffery Lee Photography

Stephanie Bryce and Krissy Borcher were sick of dressing like men.

As two of the few female heavy equipment operators out at Black Thunder Mine in the Powder River Basin, they are pretty much relegated to the dress code of the job, which most days amounts to bulky jackets, ratty jeans and a pair of steel-toed boots. Despite their male-dominated, blue-collar profession, both women consider themselves “girly girls” and love dressing up, putting on makeup and doing a lot of shopping on the side.

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