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Orange County 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 Orange County that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Tina Guerra

Currently, I work for an online fashion clothing store as a photo editor, I do freelance portrait photography, and I work on passion projects with other creatives in film as a creative director and videographer, as well as edit footage. Being a creator has always been a major part of my life since a young child. I believe we are ALL creators in our own right, but for me, I’ve always enjoyed taking something mundane and creating something beautiful from it. Read more>>

Rylee Baisden

After getting recruited and offered a scholarship, I went on to play 4.5 years of college soccer at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. When I graduated, I decided to continue my soccer career. After not being drafted, I went overseas to play professionally. I’ve played in Sweden, Taiwan, France, back to California and now I am playing in Australia. Read more>>

Leslie Lake

I came across tanning, tanning was fairly inexpensive to start up and something easy that I could manage. I could continue to hustle at my day job and take spray tan clients in the evenings! This way I could continue to fund my new hobby and figure things out as they came. I began purchasing equipment and marketing myself to my close friends/family/and even coworkers. Read more>>

Richele Reyes

I’ve always had an interest in the fashion industry since I was young, and when it came down to choose a college and career path, I ended up attending Cal State Long Beach and getting my bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Marketing. Read more>>

Delyer Coffman

I began dancing about as soon as I could walk. I grew up exploring a broad spectrum of dance styles and trained by the body to move in many different ways. A few months after graduating from high school, I fell asleep at the wheel and I ran my car head-on into a light pole. My feet were crushed. Each foot was broken in about eight different places and my right ankle had snapped. Read more>>

Allie Overholt

I am a hairstylist and I specialize in cutting short hair. Some people know me as the “bob father” because there was a period of time when the bob was really popular and that was all I was cutting. I would like to think I am known for my customized haircuts that are tailored more towards my client’s personal style and personality. Read more>>

Michelle Endo

I have taken every bumpy road and wrong turn during this journey. And I most likely will keep doing that! But I’m okay with it as it helps me grow personally and professionally. I see it as a blessing in disguise! Don’t try to race to where you’re going, but enjoy the journey, soak it all in because you’ll never know what you will learn from the experience. Read more>>

Caitlyn Scott

I love what I do and share on my social media platforms but there’s also another side to it. I am a full-time college student who graduates in three weeks and a part-time server who has her own business selling a luxury hair care line called MONAT, this hair product has been a life changing opportunity but also product, and I don’t say this lightly! Read more>>

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