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

Kayla Krapf

When I was 8 years old I dreamed of designing homes. I used to help my dad every chance I got with any type of remodel on our ranch home. That’s what truly sparked my passion. When I was going through my high school career I was categorized as a homeless student and during this time it created a deeper meaning of ‘home’ for me. Read more>>

Veronica Crawford

I have been taking photos for as I can remember. My mom was a photographer, so I would help her on the weekends and steal her camera every chance I got — running around our neighborhood taking photos of everything and anything. Read more>>

Alyssa Johnson

I started DJing six years ago when I moved to California from Nebraska. Music has always been apart of my life at home but it wasn’t until I went to my first underground party in 2013 that it became my lifestyle. I grew up watching my dad play on the drums every night after work so practicing music was a nightly routine. Read more>>

Jess Joswick

My journey has not been a direct one, and I love the different experiences that have come my way. I’ve always been a hard-driving achiever. I went to great schools, did every after-school activity, and excelled. I’m also an introvert and did everything I could to avoid the limelight. Read more>>

Cindy Espinoza

I’m a Los Angeles based makeup artist who’s aspired to be a professional since the age of 12, by seeing how makeup can completely transform and empower a person. At the age of 15, I started my own makeup business and became the go-to MUA for my high school. Read more>>

Serena Beggs

I grew up as a film kid, with movies in my blood. I start with story, character, relationships, or a body and craft an experience that allows others to explore or escape. I want to bring my worlds to life, the macabre, the unconventional. I prefer to shoot in series because it allows me to deeply investigate myself. Read more>>

Sonora Mindling-Werling

I was raised among rural cornfields and wild marigolds outside of Oaxaca, Mexico. I grew up playing among the beauty of ancient ruins and bumping along dirt roads to far out villages with my dad- who is an expert on Oaxacan pottery and an avid explorer of all that is off the beaten path. Read more>>

Gwen Yeager

I’m a yoga teacher, a mom of six-year-old twins, a woman, and a wife. (In that order for the purpose of this interview! lol) I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, attended college in San Diego, and moved to LA in the mid-‘90s. I started practicing yoga when my sister and I were living in Venice in the late ‘90s. Read more>>

Shannon Segura

As a child, my sister and I unburied our parent’s VHS camcorder and Original Polaroid 600. We talked about our cousins into making “movies” with us. Somewhere in my parent’s house today, you’ll find a plethora of tapes of seven and ten-year-olds, well, being seven and ten-year-olds. Read more>>

Cindy Arenas

When I became engaged back in 2008, I immediately became obsessed with everything wedding! I watched every single show about weddings you can think of. My two favorite shows were “Say Yes to the Dress” and “Who’s Wedding is in Anyway?”. “Who’s Wedding…” was a show that put wedding planners in the spotlight. Read more>>

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