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South Bay 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 the South Bay that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Victoria Ojerio-Kosuda

When people ask me how I got to where I’m at, I would say “Qouting Bob Ross, it was a “happy little accident”. As an anime, cartoon, and comic-loving art major at Cal State Fullerton, I was on my way to getting close to my dream of being an animator (at least that’s what I thought). I worked three part-time jobs. Read more>>

Katie Miller

Fashion always has been, and always will be, my passion. I started my fashion Instagram page at the end of April 2019. My main goal for this page was to create fun content that was inviting, affordable, and practical for my viewers. Within the Instagram platform, I have connected with amazing people. Read more>>

Leah Bisch

I’m a self-employed artist/graphic designer who specializes in lettering, illustration, painting, and design. I create invitations, greeting and holiday cards, and art prints and sell them through various online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Read more>>

Ann Johansson

When I came to Los Angeles from Sweden I had no idea that one could make a living as a photographer. Once here, after meeting people in creative fields, I realized that this is possible. I had the opportunity to assist photographer John Isaac while touring with Michael Jackson. Read more>>

Natasha Nguyen

Today, I’m a wedding and event florist specializing in fine art floral design and eco-friendly design practices. But if you knew me 15, even ten years ago, you would have never guessed I’d end up there. In 2006, I graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Economics. Read more>>

Bianca Joaquino

I was born in the Philippines and grew up into what I am today in San Diego, California. As a kid, I spent an unhealthy amount of time on the internet. It wasn’t all for naught since the internet gave me access to art from all over the world and media I couldn’t otherwise find on TV. This played a huge factor in my motivation to draw. Seeing other artists creating their own stories and drawing fan art of my favorite shows made me wanna take drawing into my own hands. Read more>>

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