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Mid-Wilshire 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 Mid-Wilshire that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Susan Landesmann

I was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. My mother was originally American and my father was from Austria. I came to the US when I was 18 to go to college in Boston and have been in the US ever since. I worked in New York as a production coordinator. Read more>>

Deena Robertson

My sister Jess and I were always inseparable and always wanted to do as much as we could together. Though we grew up with two hippie parents, yoga was always their thing. When my sister went to a yoga training with heat to help her try to heal her scoliosis. Read more>>

June Shompa

I first started showing interest in weights and nutrition when I was in high school. I remember learning to read nutrition labels and questioning them at that age. It wasn’t until college though, when I took things up a notch. I was committed to working out regularly and started writing my own workout programs. Read more>>

Sooyon Elina Kim

At Berklee College of Music, I was surrounded by many talented artists but felt lost in the mix and never truly thought I belonged. Makeup became a fun outlet for me and I started off watching YouTube videos but one day, a friend of a friend asked if I could fill in for an artist that couldn’t make it to a music video shoot. Read more>>

Anna Hongo

My name is Anna, and I currently work in the esports industry as a marketing coordinator for 100 Thieves. 100 Thieves is a lifestyle brand with concentrations in gaming, apparel, and entertainment. Before my time here, I worked at various companies such as TikTok, Snapchat. Read more>>

Erica Burns

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland in the ’90s, a ’90s kid in the finest sense, back when it was still a thing for kids to ride their bikes down the street and play outside until it got dark. Good times. I always was fascinated by the movies. In kindergarten, by far my favorite school year of all time. Read more>>

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