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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.

Francesca Ragucci

I was a nanny from multiple families at once. That taught me the foundational skills of owning a business- marketing, client experience, client satisfaction, and referrals. I shortly realized that I had a devotion to working for myself. Years later, I pursued a new business direction through photography in college. Read more>>

Sharon Das

I didn’t know that Film would be the path I choose but I have always been fascinated with Movies and grown up watching all Bollywood movies. Everything about Bollywood films excites me; the music, the romance, the action, even it being over-the-top at times, still has my heartbeat to it every moment. Read more>>

Nicole Koch

My story… being a digital/TV host, I’m used to asking this question but rarely do I get the chance to answer it myself. I suppose the only place to start is the beginning! Most people wouldn’t guess that I had this beginning but I want to mention it as I truly believe it’s why I am who I am today. Read more>>

Kaye Fernandez

As a visual person, I enjoyed studying what each culture recognized and saw within their environments by seeing them a project onto their designs. That’s why I started Kaye Beauty Fashion Travel. I felt like it was a platform for me to share with the deaf community what other cultures or communities see visually. I think you can really see a person through their paring/style/design of clothing. Read more>>

Uyen Kylie Le

The journey to where I am today is a great one. I love traveling to new places and blend the elements of the destinations to my outfit. I also love predicting trends and bringing the hottest items to my customers. That is what my fashion brand is about. I produce clothes with very high quality and craftsmanship and trending with a good price point. Read more>>

Rachael Simpson

People didn’t expect a lot from me, despite a lot of intelligence and creative-based achievements through schooling. I took my ACT hungover (hey, full disclosure) and scored a 28, then sent the scores to the local technical college because I had no guidance from my parents or teachers that it was good enough to qualify me for better schools. My grandfather, the person I credit for a lot of my belief in myself and my abilities. Read more>>

Anna Sweeney

As a platform for creatives with large followings, has allowed me to meet some really amazing, influential people I never would be able to on my own. I’m finally on my own (right) path and I’m extremely motivated to do it all. I’m extremely flattered by you guys in noticing something special in me! Read more>>

Heidi Brown

Heidi worked in kitchens in Italy and Napa Valley before realizing her calling was not on the line but rather in the office. She began to create a niche for herself, assisting managers and chefs with logistics at Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Quince Restaurant, The Mermaid Inn and Momofuku. It was at Momofuku that she learned the importance of a keen brand identity and how it can impact a company’s growth. Read more>>

Carly Beth Hand

I began classical piano training at the age of five and was glued to the piano composing piano solos at age nine. Throughout school, I sang in choirs, played in three wind ensembles, taught music theory and gave piano lessons. However, despite being completely immersed in this classical music lifestyle, writing pop music was what kept my musical spark alive. Read more>>

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