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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.

Vicki Chen

I’ve always been into creative arts ever since I was young. Growing up, I took a lot of performing arts classes which led me to be more open and interested in artist/creative careers. Read more>>

Cindy Sanchez

It all started about two years ago, when anxiety took over my life, better yet let me rephrase that, when i let anxiety take over my life. I was 18 living my life to the fullest, traveling with my boyfriend, going to college and working as a normal 18 year old. Read more>>

Alondra Martinez

Ever since I was in high school, I loved getting ready for the day. Shopping was a fun activity because I loved finding nice items that were of great quality for an affordable price. I also enjoyed traveling to new places. Read more>>

Charlotte Brooks

My mom is a photographer and painter and my dad was a software engineer, so I was raised in a creative household. I picked up photography as a hobby when I was in high school but never thought about pursuing a career in it. Read more>>

Keyao Zhu

I ‘m a photographer, came to Los Angeles two years ago and love digital and film photography. I worked as an intern in the marketing department of Harper‘s BAZAAR in China. My some works were featured on Vogue Italia, and some of my works are published on FYAN magazine. Read more>>

Jess Bernal

It all started when my dad built a playhouse in our backyard when I was five. The foundation was a perfect little stage and I remember the spark I felt when I first stepped on to it. I grew up in the suburbs of Pasadena. I am the only girl, and middle child, with two brothers. Read more>>

Maureen Liu

Every story has an end. In our life, the end is also a new beginning. Four years ago, like all other graduates, I posed in my graduation photo after completing my masters at Duke, North Carolina. Since I was an environmental science student, I draw much of my inspiration from nature. That is perhaps the reason why I, like the stream that flows to the surging sea, left the peace and headed to the bustling city—Los Angeles. Read more>>

Ashley Kern

Morningbun Studio is essentially the umbrella that covers my visual, creative hobbies- drawing, styling, and photography. I’m a Southern California native that grew up in a quiet valley a couple of hours drive from Los Angeles. It was there I had an adventurous, suburban childhood. I spent equal time indoors drawing and gaming as I did outside, playing and exploring the surrounding land. Read more>>

Amanda Lacey

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a passion for the arts. Even when I was younger, I swore I’d be an artist because of all the different art projects I enjoyed creating. Growing up, I danced competitively, played the violin, sang for choir, and I still wish I had continued with musical theater! I always considered those activities as hobbies though, rather than taking them seriously as I grew older. Read more>>

Rora Blue

It was a simple post that invited people to anonymously share a text message they never got to send to their first love. It also asked the submitter to include the color they associate with that person. I had a small Tumblr blog with just friends and family following me. I was just a 19-year-old girl on my laptop in my bedroom. Submissions came in slowly at first, and then a little faster. Read more>>


I have always loved dance — in fact, I can recall from my childhood days that I would choreograph or dance along with the music videos in the ’90s. I also really loved performing and I never cared about what people had to say. As I got older, my love for dance and performing grew even more and I became a lot more passionate. Read more>>

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