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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.

Tiffany L.

I’ve always enjoyed hiking, but never did anything long or hard and only hiked once maybe once a year. Back in 2014, my friend asked me to do Tough Mudder and in a conversation with another friend who had just summit Mt. Whitney for the first time, he told me I should hike Mt. Whitney. Read more>>

Rebekah Kim

I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in weddings and events so I decided to transfer to UNLV, one of the few colleges I knew of to offer a degree in event management. Las Vegas, known for their hotels, events and hospitality, was surrounded with professionals in the industry. Read more>>

Leslie Antonoff

My education at Howard University is certainly something to attribute to where I am and who I am. Those years spent being pushed forward by my peers and encouraged by my professors certainly gave me the courage to know that nothing could stop me. Read more>>

Maria Pastrana

The loss I had experienced was NOT in vain. My Re-birth began slowly after sitting with my darkness. I have been fortunate enough to have found a tribe of mothers, sisters, friends, clients who are so supportive and uplifting. Ready.Set.Nosh was born after this great loss. Read more>>

Judith Compton

I started my career in retail working with luxury retailer Nordstrom, where I worked for several years to learn the ins and outs of the fashion retail industry and the importance of customer service. After leaving Nordstrom, I designed and manufactured my own women’s apparel line. Read more>>

Alex Andrade

Teach It Mamas is a community of women that encourage and empower one another. Through a variety of events such as support groups, workshops, and social gatherings women come together and connect. They teach, learn and grow together. Read more>>

Rosie Delgado Burciaga

At the young age of 14, while living in my hometown Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico I discovered my passion. I began to style my family members, close friends and neighbors hair and makeup. At 19, I arrived in the United States, San Diego and worked any job that would give me income, but kept styling on the side because that was what I truly loved to do. I got tired of working the jobs that didn’t interest me and decided to join a cosmetology school to receive my license and start professionally working in the beauty industry. Read more>>

Kayla Baity

Everyone has a reason why they fight and what keeps them going. The sport of martial arts and its athletes show a truthful side I don’t think we see in other areas of entertainment. When I noticed that more women were competing and working in the sport I thought I’d give it a shot. Read more>>

Crystal Dominguez

I’m an artist, designer, and educator but most importantly I’m a mother. My passion for helping others and creating art have merged to create Crystal Domi, a brand that is dedicated to empowering and enlightening women so they can live their best life and be the moms our worlds needs. Read more>>

Orange County

I then became OBSESSED with reading EVERYTHING on my beauty bottles, but I realized everything natural + organic out there was really expensive — especially as a broke college student. So, I started hitting the kitchen and making my own recipes. Read more>>

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