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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.

Len Nguyen

I’ve always had a wild imagination. It’s no wonder that I ended up with a love for art and storytelling that would carry into adulthood. I was an avid reader, thanks to Harry Potter, on top of being a huge fan of animation, so I grew up immersing myself in these vibrant worlds and going on adventures with these characters. Read more>>

Susie Lauri

As a hairstylist and makeup artist, I believe in creating beautiful states of being for women. I often see women who haven’t yet found the right hairdresser. They weren’t listened to, waited too long in the reception area, were rushed through their appointment, and at the end, walked out of the salon unhappy with their new haircut and/or color. Read more>>

Trilina Mai

I have always loved drawing. I grew up watching Disney movies, Looney Toons, Pokemon, Discovery Channel, and Animal Planet. Drawing animals was the greatest joy I had, and as a videogame deprived child –it was the only thing I could do. Throughout my time in school, I had always participated in local art contests and took advantage of every opportunity to showcase my imagination. Read more>>

Amber Arden

Throughout my life, I’ve always had a big imagination, always optimistic and fun-loving. I believe that good can come from anything and you alone can create your own fairytale. Creating a fairytale in everyday day life (achieving accomplishments and or gaining skills for the future) is what the “Disney Princess” has inspired me over the years. Read more>>

Nancy Flint

Sugar Mamma Caramels all began as a gift of love. I have been making my signature Sea Salt Caramels for Christmas gifts since 2009. Eventually with loads of encouragement from family and friends, I entered a candy contest and won 1st place! When I was featured on local San Diego news, the hosts asked, “Where can we buy these most incredible caramels?” Well, that sparked the flame inside me to launch my small business. Read more>>

Kim Zen

Kim Zen is an entrepreneur and beauty industry leader. She is the owner and operator of Zen Derma Studios, a brand new, state of the art training facility in San Diego, CA. Kim offers students an opportunity to learn re-engineered techniques and introduces them to new products and services. Read more>>

Amriel Perches

Art is something that I’ve always been interested in and loved. When I was 6, my mom enrolled me in an after school art academy. I learned how to use mediums such as pastels, charcoal, paints, watercolor, clay, and so many other elements that fed my love for the arts. At the age of 11, I found myself coming home from school so excited to watch the newest episodes of Cake. Read more>>

Whitney Johnson

My recent story has been about personal development, self-love, family, growth and manifesting ABUNDANCE in all areas of my life…..and helping others do the same. It was after I had my first baby Nola January 2018 that everything changed for the worse. I was inflamed, I couldn’t lose the baby weight. I was depressed, anxious, exhausted…..and I didn’t know how to get myself out of that trap. Read more>>

Angelina Huang

I was born and raised in Panama, a small Central American country where my Chinese parents met and eventually got married. Growing up immersed in Hispanic culture and having to balance it with strict Asian traditions was very challenging. My family was constantly traveling and moving back and forth between Asia and Central America. Read more>>

Amabel Akpan

When I had my daughter, I wanted to make simple skirts for her, I was excited to make matching outfits for her and me. Everytime I make something for her, she gets very excited and my heart melts with joy. Few years later, she started telling me the designs she wants, I always looked for reasons to make something for her, just to see her run around excited. Read more>>

Miranda Guiles

When I was in college, I studied abroad in Osaka, Japan, and fell in love with the culture and culinary experiences. I noticed, in particular, their amazing customer service and of course, all the beautifully packaged sweets that were just as delicious as the packaging made it look. Fast forward years later, I never knew I would be able to apply those experiences to a business that I created. Read more>>

Desislava Grueva

I’ve been passionate about music my entire life. When I was just seven years old, the music teacher at the preschool shared with my parents that I have a musical talent and I should start music lessons. With no hesitation, I chose the piano. I forgot about all other games, and my best friend became the piano. Read more>>

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