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Hollywood Trailblazers

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Hollywood that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Taylor Alexa Frank

I always knew that I wanted to be in this crazy industry. My Mom and Dad used to tell me I should be on SNL. They used to call me Grace, like Debra Messing from Will and Grace. Read more>>

Shannon Hall

For my sixteenth birthday, my sister bought me my first tube of Benefit mascara and said, “Welcome to the world of makeup!” Needless to say I was hooked. Read more>>

Cassy Laessig

From as early as I can remember I’ve always been entertained by the idea of creating art with hair and makeup. Everything from beauty hair and makeup, face painting, avant-garde to special makeup effects. Read more>>

Maddie McGuire

I quickly became obsessed with the craft and convinced my parents to let me finish high school online so that I could graduate faster and move to Los Angeles. Read more>>

Ashley Alexiss

Being a plus size model is something that I find very empowering. Being plus size isn’t the negative term everyone makes it out to be. I look at it as “plus means positive!” Read more>>


I have always had a interested in the entertainment industry. Growing up, i wanted to be a big movie star. I wanted to see my name in lights and eventually receive an Oscar. Read more>>

Micheline Pitt

California has always been my ultimate goal as a young girl growing up in central rural Georgia. I wanted to do lots of things then, and that still rings true today. Read more>>

Lynn Chen

I started my food blog “The Actor’s Diet” in 2009 because I wanted to come to terms with an eating disorder. I figured if I started posting photos of what I ate – like an online food journal – it would hold me accountable during my recovery. Read more>>

Nancy Sevilla

I decided to start my blog in college – I was studying Animation and VFX at the time and though, surprisingly I did not pursue fashion, I always enjoyed dressing up to class and giving fashion advice to those around me. Read more>>

Rachel McCord

The joke (but reality) is that I went from trailer parks to red carpets. It’s been a LONG road…and it hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it’s been pretty hard. But my core belief is that you can’t cheat the hustle. I know I wasn’t the smartest or richest person in most rooms… Read more>>

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