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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.

Ashley Chao

As a young girl, I had always been drawn to things that allowed me to be creative. Whether it was art class, painting my nails or watching my mom apply makeup to herself. I spent hours at home putting on makeup, and countless hours inside Sephora and bath and body works. Read more>>

Jennifer Yu

Food brings people together and through food you get to experience different cultures and experiences and I love meeting people who share the same passion!!! I started documenting the food I ate about 3-4 years ago and a friend of mine told me about instagram and I just stared posting. Read more>>

Caroline Juen

I started my blog, Love & Loathing Los Angeles, 5 years ago this September and have had the absolute most incredible journey. I started Love & Loathing LA intending for it to eventually become a book – something I am still hoping to do – Read more>>

Sarah “Esemae” Agajanian

I am an artist, in every sense of the word. I like stability with income so I chose the beauty industry first and from there brows and makeup stood out to me. I love faces and frames. The eyes are the window to the soul and it’s an honor to make them pop! Read more>>


I’m a photographer from Ukraine. I started taking pictures six years ago. From the beginning it was like a hobby, then I realized that it was tightening me and photography became my main business in my life. All my life I loved drawing, especially portraits of people. Read more>>

Valerie Fishbain

Spread The Love was created by my husband, Zach and I. I first started making peanut butter with my Vitamix, a gift I received from my bridal shower back in 2013. It quickly became Zach’s favorite food and I just loved making it for him. Read more>>

Rika Kelly

When I started yoga, I was so lost, lonely and depressed. I didn’t know what I was doing in my life and didn’t have any motivation to do anything. So I devoted myself to practicing yoga everyday, and eventually I became a yoga instructor. Read more>>

Maggie Huang

I decided to explore my culinary curiosities and really found joy in taking photos of everything I was eating. I started posting those photos on Instagram and eventually began to grew my audience. Read more>>

Kristy Benjamin

I get this question all the time ” How long have you been a photographer?” This is a very simple question, and it does make sense to ask. I think what makes it hard for me to answer, is that I didn’t take a simple route to get to where I am. Read more>>

Courtney Sweet

I am inspired continuously from all facets of life, but my ultimate inspiration comes from the clients and collaborators who contribute to the makeup application process. Read more>>

Rudy Vermorel

5 years ago, I moved to Los Angeles, to pursue my work. I am now the main video editor of Watson DG, one of the top award winning digital creative agency in the US. Read more>>

Susie Song

My determination to take the company to the next level and bring our products into the lives of more people all around the world helped me master what I needed to succeed through it all. Read more>>

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