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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.

Xiaopan Xue

My dad is the person who first put a camera in my hands. He is also the first person that recognized my talent and pushed me to take photos. I remember not believing his praise and thought that he was trying to pass on his hobby to me, something I wasn’t necessarily interested in. Read more>>

Sarah Wolff

For as long as I can remember I’ve been enamored with the art world. My mom and brother truly sparked my interest in art at an early age. My mom graduated with a studio art degree and went on to become a Technical Illustrator got Boeing. Having her there throughout the years to offer guidance. Read more>>

Courtney Barr

When I was little, I couldn’t imagine being anything but a Broadway actress. It was my dream for as long as I could remember. I did community theater as a child, was part of the drama program all through middle school and high school, and majored in Theater for my undergrad degree at UCSD. Read more>>

Loany Nguyen

I am a senior PMU artist at Soft Ink Studio. I have been doing brows for 2.5 years. Growing up, I was always meticulous when it came to details in everything I created with my hands. Art was something that came naturally and had always drawn my interests. Read more>>

Ashley Rodriguez

I started First Date Guide as an information hub for others to check when looking for something to do with someone special. It began in 2017 and to my surprise, my following grew to 5k in five months so I knew something I was doing was right. Later on Oct. 2018. Read more>>

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