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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.

Melissa Boyd

I found that I really loved seeing an event come together and making sure that it was run smoothly. In 2010, a friend suggested that I combine my love for art and design with my event management skills and try planning weddings. At the time I had just had a baby, but decided that I would give it a go. Read more>>

Norma Perez

I went outside and threw away everything, and with a new perspective, I embraced a new lifestyle in veganism. As with a new lifestyle, many changes come about which one of them was cooking more in the kitchen and there is where I discovered a new passion for cooking. I had always cooked with my mamá when young (though at the time I hated it), so I was familiar with bringing flavors packed into dishes. Read more>>

Dominique Rogers

I started doing my makeup when I was about 16. To be frank, my insecurities lead me to use makeup. However, as I matured and figured out who I am, makeup actually helped me embrace my natural face and focus on the beauty within my being. Read more>>

Robin Conrad

I fell in love with dance when I was about seven, and just had that classic dancer personality type—a relentless work ethic servicing the rush of hard-won bursts of the sublime. Dancing and performing were my refuge – I was in my first real show at PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) at a very young age (probably also around seven), and when I wasn’t performing, I was working as quite possibly the youngest usher they’d ever had. Read more>>

Crystal Ksenjak

I used to live in Highland Park, Los Angeles and I still think it’s the best place ever. I’m currently making my way in Pasadena, home of the Rose Parade and orange trees! I’m a part hipster, part Suzy homemaker, part diva, but all-around awesomeness. I started my mom blog, Meet the Blussians, as a journey for others as I navigated through my high-risk pregnancy. From there, I document my life, rants, and ravings, and do product reviews. Read more>>

Norma P Sepulveda

It was a years-of-grueling-indecisiveness-slash-I-grew-up-poor-and-don’t-want-to-relive-those-days-again-as-an-adult decision. I had been on the hustle-and-grind since before high school. Paid my own way through college and then applied to film school.My Chevron Gas Card doubled as my lunch ticket. Read more>>

Mary E. Beierle

It’s shocking to me that I am a working artist. My voyage has been one of a confluence of my curiosities and passions: Female archetypes, politics, vestiges of civilization, Paleolithic art, Native American Wisdom, awe of nature and family – it took so long to get here. Read more>>

Nicole De Anda

Once I finished school, and started using social media a.k.a. Instagram more, I started to follow other photographers and was completely enthralled with all the couples and places they got to capture. I was watching youtube tutorials on posing and editing any chance I could, and it sort of took off from there! Here I am now, photographing weddings and couples, a family every now and then too. But I am shocked at where photography has taken me! Read more>>

Genessis Meza

I started using Instagram as a creative outlet about a year ago after I graduated college. I’ve always loved fashion and beauty, but I surprisingly used to be a very private person. After college, I was hit with the post-grad blues of not knowing exactly which direction my life was going to go and I used Instagram as a fun outlet to escape all that. I even started a YouTube channel, which I never in a million years thought I would ever do. Read more>>

Jacqueline Velasquez

MCLC is something that has been in the works since I was 18. I strongly believe that all things happen for a reason and have a purpose. My journey to get there was slow but full of amazing life experiences. My journey started in college when I was a bio science major on my way to dental school. I was there for two years when I realized I had a passion for art, music, design, and anything creative. I knew I had to do something to fulfill my passion. From there, I enrolled in art school and got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. Read more>>

Aime Fukada

I was born and raised in Singapore as a third-culture-kid and student-athlete and was so blessed to experience some of the most amazing things even during the first 20 years of my life. I’ve always been passionate about food, fitness, traveling and spreading positive messages about women and self-love, which eventually all culminated into my blog SwimEatLove. This month, SwimEatLove is four years old which is so exciting. When I first started, I really just wanted to blog for myself, I didn’t think much about outreach. Over the years, I’ve found that I can use my blog and other social media platforms to spread the messages on things I care about and am passionate about. Read more>>

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