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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.

Meiling Choy

I am a fulltime college student studying mechanical engineering and apart from that modeling and content creating is my job/work. I am proud of the hustle and dedication I have put into my brand which is myself because I truly rarely get downtime. Read more>>

Erika Rhein Givens

I am very much a type A personality and a chronic nitpicker, both obsessed and haunted by the minutiae, the details, and the precision in the creative process, I often put such emphasis on its rigid perfection that it overshadows the end result. Read more>>

Briahna McNeil

This can be hard if you aren’t first happy with who you are and secondly know who you are. So, my advice to young women is to know your value. Yes, there is always someone prettier, more talented, with more resources. Read more>>

Alle Pierce

I have my hands in a few different projects. At the moment I’m working as a producer and on-camera host of this new video series for the Greater Palm Springs CVB. I also just finished working as the lifestyle reporter for the BNP Paribas Open. Read more>>

Nazgol Seyedi

I discovered my “gene” for creativity at a young age when I would recycle whatever I found at home to make clothing and furnish houses for my dolls and barbies! The habit continued and changed into creating outfits for myself and making home accessories for my room, with sketches of a new design for furniture. Read more>>

Lorena (Elle) Salter

I never saw viable for myself. I grew up in a low socioeconomic community and a first generation child in the US. I grew up in a neighborhood where shots were not uncommon and where paying the rent was barely doable. Read more>>

Morgen Howells

I truly believe that flowers are a physical expression of human emotion. They say “congratulations!” “I’m sorry”, “I love you”, “I miss you”…. they are there to welcome life into the world or to start a new life in marriage, to say goodbye when our loved ones leave this earth…they are so much more than just pretty flowers, they are life! Read more>>

Lily Spinner

I’ve always had an interest in photography and fashion. About a year and a half ago, I attended a portfolio building workshop for aspiring models called the Moda Shoot, where I met Kelsie O’Brien, the founder of the Moda Shoot and 816 Consulting, a marketing agency for fashion brands. Read more>>

Jane Huh

I pursued this little side hustle part-time but decided to throw myself in full-time. I’m so proud and grateful to say I own a small business that has allowed me to be a part of people’s wonderful events in their lives. Read more>>

Juliet Blake

After some time, I got tired of working in the alcohol industry in such a corporate environment and I made my jump into the natural foods world when I joined Zico Coconut Water. It was a startup and everyone on the team instantly became my family. We all shared a passion for hard work, but we all knew how to have the best times building a brand. Read more>>

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