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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.

Ryan Larson

I am very passionate about supporting other women business owners. Within my eight-week residency program at West Elm, I am dedicating five weeks to a collaboration with Liberty for Her, where we are switching out a different women’s business owners each week to be showcased in my space. Read more>>

Michelle Sharaf Taich and Emily Sharaf

We quit jobs, became more health/mental health conscious and reconnected with what drives us. Through our process of rebuilding ourselves from the inside out, we discovered the significance of self-development and decided to honor our discovery by starting Soul Charge, our therapy retreats business. Read more>>

Desiree Ashe-Bradford

I’ve always had this niche for planning and organizing. I remember being made fun of in middle school, age 12 on the school bus, telling my friends my specific plans for my 16th and 18th birthday parties and wedding! Around 15 years old I modeled in my first fashion show and I LIVED. Read more>>

Kelley Kim

I started taking piano lessons when I was 3, and I’ve sang in choirs and musicals throughout my childhood. I’ve always been able to express myself well through writing, and I started to really hone my storytelling and creative writing when I worked as a journalist after I finished school. Read more>>

Neon Hitch

It’s taken many little steps that all lead to something bigger. I allow it to all come together very naturally on my journey – that’s kind of how it’s always been. I trust the universe and always have a vision of a destination. The hardest thing now is just keeping up with it all and trying to maintain the initial passion and motivation you have when you first start. Read more>>

Sisian Arzoomanian

I decided to reach for a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. Sure enough, I never stopped styling hair in my spare time! It was always my favorite hobby. And I am proud to have been able to turn my hobby into a career. Read more>>

Kalindra Ashleigh

I realized I had no idea what a hotel concierge actually did, but proceeded to fall in love with the profession and the daily challenge of never knowing what will come next. Fifteen years later I have since moved hotels from Seattle to Dallas and now Beverly Hills. Read more>>

Elizabeth Torres

I remember feeling I wanted to accomplish so much more. I asked for a raise and was told it would take nearly five years for me to be considered for a raise. A week later I had landed a job as a stylist for a TV Show, and six months later I was in front of the camera as a Fashion Expert on Univision, Telemundo, and Mundo Fox. Read more>>

Joelina Drews

Writing my own songs, I wanna be a voice to young woman’s issues like love, heartbreak, and rebound. In last November, I released “Skybar,” which is an urban pop / R&B song, followed by two other singles, called “Drive” and “Scream my Name” and I am already working on my next tracks that I will release soon. Read more>>

Christine Weatherup

I always knew that I wanted to direct as well, but I kept thinking that I had to wait until my acting career was at a certain (undetermined) level. I realized that I was only holding myself back by waiting and embarked on directing a short film, “Killed in Action.” Read more>>

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