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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.

Kristin Taylor

I have always been intoxicated by the fashion and beauty world. My first jobs included beauty counter salesperson and retail clerk. I just loved being around all of the pretty things and was always wanting to see what was new and next. I started a beauty channel on YouTube, (it’s still up, if you dare to dig for it, some of those videos were really rough!), covering tutorials, product reviews and hauls, then switched to a beauty blog. Read more>>

Mikaela Baltazar

I would indulge in my interest by watching makeup tutorials on YouTube. At around the age of 15, I began to build my own makeup stash, sometimes being products that were bought or given to me, but most of the time, I would steal my mother’s makeup and use it on myself. From there, I would practice and practice, but just for fun. Read more>>

Saharai Álvarez

I’ve always loved art, bright colors and music… and since I was a little girl, I’ve loved makeup. I remember myself borrowing… well, I confess, “stealing” my mom’s lipsticks and secretly applying them in the bathroom when I was just a kid. Read more>>

Diane Staples

Having moved from Maine 3 years ago, I hadn’t found quite the right fit in any way to plant myself happily in Los Angeles. One day, I stumbled upon an endearing little community that made me instantly feel happy. South Pasadena felt like a haven from the hustle and bustle of Los Angles. Read more>>

Ariel Garrett

I started working at Disneyland as a face painter and henna artist. I had always had an interest in art and drawing and was excited to integrate it into something I could do for a living. I fell in love with the transformation of the kids and adults that would light up when they saw their new art on their face. Read more>>

Marni Epstein-Mervis

I was working a series of relatively safe and well paying jobs, but I didn’t enjoy it. It didn’t feel creative and I was stuck in a cubicle all day, reading blogs like Curbed and Apartment Therapy and wishing I was writing for them. So one day, I started applying to any and all writing opportunities on Craigslist. Read more>>

Nikki Martinez

Ever since I was a child, I always took interest in art and beauty. I loved drawing, painting and creating, but I also LOVED playing dress up and having my mom doll me up with lip tints, cream blushes and heated curlers. As I grew, so did my passions in art and beauty. Read more>>

Jessica Stamm

I have been interested in nutrition ever since high school, where I battled with weight gain after taking a job at a local bakery. I tried all different diets and plans but the only thing that I found to really work was living a balanced lifestyle and seeing a Nutritionist for accountability. Read more>>

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