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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.

Rena Maeda

After years of working as a hair and makeup artist in Japan, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career on hair and makeup industry. She has been working in the film, photography, commercials, magazines, and bridal. With ten years of experience, Rena Maeda who is an excellent listener and communicator. Works hard to make each client’s satisfaction. Read more>>

Tina Ford

My knowledge of fine art, music, performing arts, and my passion for creating safe and inclusive events inspired my move to Long Beach in 2017. I love San Francisco, but I knew there would be new and exciting opportunities in the Los Angeles area. I was quickly embraced and supported by the Filipinx community here in LA and was performing dance on a regular basis. Shortly after I moved to the LA area, the Kita Kits Collective of Filipinx artists was established. Read more>>

Tammi Leader Fuller

Tammi Leader Fuller is an Emmy Award-winning TV Producer who walked out of the control room and into the woods in 2013 to create Campowerment… a life-altering, Expert-led, summer camp inspired, weekend retreat, wrapped around the power of playtime. Campowerment was created to help people disconnect and reconnect to themselves and a community of people focused on living life better. Read more>>

Bri Towne

I started my interest in nutrition and health when I was pregnant with my first son. My OB recommended that I eat a candy bar each day and a protein shake to gain weight and something about that just didn’t sit well with me. I thought ‘there’s gotta be a better way.’ I scoured the internet for resources for pregnant mothers and nutrition and came up short. Read more>>

Jessica Salceda

Instagram has been a big part of sharing my creativity and gaining the exposure that I have so far with my small business. Instagram is the platform that I like to use to share behind the scenes content of small business life, but also allows me to share some of my favorite places and things to do in Los Angeles. Read more>>

LaTianna Williams

My life underwent a metamorphosis, and I finally decided to incorporate the things I love all together: theatre arts, mental health, fashion. I merge fashion and theatre arts together to create therapeutic outlets for people to learn more about themselves and to find healing and freedom in creative expression. To flip their life script, one outfit at a time. Read more>>

Yvette Alexis Pacheco

I love sharing life experiences, as well as things that I’m passionate about. I feel really close to my followers and readers. Nothing excites me more than when I post something personal, like a life experience and so many people thank me for sharing because they’ve dealt with the same thing. When I first started blogging, I really did know where it would take me. Read more>>

Aja De La Rosa

I always loved art. In high school, I excelled in all my art classes. It’s where I felt most at home. I went to CSULB and that is where I realized that I would love to be a high school art teacher one day. I majored in Art Education. I received my credential to teach Art in secondary schools in 2006. Read more>>

Maddie Ramirez

i friends! I am going to tell you how I had the courage to start my YouTube channel! I grew up watching YouTube videos such as beauty channels to funny teen boy videos. It was something I always wanted to become, a “YouTuber”, but never committed to, due to school and extracurricular activities. Also, I was an extremely shy person, so I believed that I wouldn’t be as good enough to make people laugh or be exciting. And I didn’t know what videos would I create. Would they be good? Read more>>

Stephanie Nielsen

I’m French Canadian born (Montreal) and grew up on the East Coast (Annapolis, Maryland). My family grew up paycheck to paycheck, happy but also always making ends meet. Parents were divorced at an early age, yet they both had entrepreneurial spirits and worked in construction. I should have listened to my peers in high school. Being voted best dressed in the yearbook, I still decided to pursue a road less traveled. After high school, where I always worked several jobs to keep up with the latest fashions and buy a decent car (cash) that I wouldn’t get laughed about, I decided to go to school for Construction Management. Read more>>

Ms. Kia

I’m 32 years old. From Compton California. I have two sons ages 11 and 6. I’ve been braiding hair since I was 15. In high school, I would braid hair in my mom’s living room after school and on the weekends. I attended cosmetology school at Marinello back in 2009. Two years after having my 1st son, things didn’t really work out as far as finding a job, so in 2010, I moved away to live with my dad in Arizona waiting to work for a job that never called me back. So, I started dancing as a stripper in a club. I stayed in Arizona for a year, the lifestyle was too crazy! Read more>>

Aasiya Jones

I began doing makeup in my mirror in high school like most girls. I would do my makeup and my friends would ask me to do theirs. my grandmother took me to Bloomingdale’s to get my first pallet. It had three blue eye shadows in it. My mom took me to the MAC counter to get lip-gloss. my first 2 color were Niko and Squirt. I fell in love with wearing makeup and exploring my feminity through it, I eventually was known as the girl who liked makeup. I would play in color and experiment with different looks. I did the makeup of my sister’s and cousin’s prom. Read more>>

Misty Castañeda

It all started with a video on Facebook of a six-year-old boy named Dane, who was using his artistic skills to “do good” for others in his community. As a passionate “do gooder” myself, I started imagining how different the world might look if we, as parents, consciously decided to raise our kids to be more like Dane. Although I found some resources online that focused on teaching kids about kindness and helping others, most were geared towards young adults and teens, and largely left out young children.  Read more>>

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