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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.

Autumn Bates

It’s with this understanding of the power of food that I started Autumn Elle Nutrition where I can teach men and women locally in the South Bay and around the world (via FaceTime/Skype appointments) to heal their bodies while eating tasty, nourishing meals. Read more>>

Becky LaChance

Creating my Instagram account led me to so many amazing opportunities and friendships. I met some of my best friends on the west coast through IG, and if it weren’t for them, I probably would have moved home. It also gave me the opportunity to work with some really amazing brands, such as Hoka One One and Athleta. Read more>>

Catherine Grace O’Connell

Our culture tends to view aging through a negative lens. It is my mission to disrupt this lens and to place a vibrant, new frame on older women. I don’t see Midlife as an ending but rather a powerful beginning. Never before has this demographic had more relevance, vibrance, wisdom and health. Read more>>

Viktoria Kay

Long Beach and is well known for her natural signature curves which incredibly combines her sensual power and outstanding beauty which has become a popular demand for photographers around the world. Read more>>

Claire Natalia

Like everyone, I still deal with insecurities but I will not let them get in the way of being a strong woman, activist, model, daughter, sister, friend and individual. We are all multi-faceted people that have a lot to offer this world. Find your passion. Read more>>

Jayme Claire

Presenting audiences with heart-felt vocal performances, it’s my personal mission through my lyrics and song choices to inspire and encourage all ages to never give up dreaming, know thy worth, and to always have hope. Read more>>

Katie Hunt

I realized there was a need in our creative community for business education. I was strong on the business side, whereas my colleagues were talented artists and designers (I was self-taught). I knew that if we shared our collective knowledge and resources, we would all grow our businesses faster. Read more>>

Mikki Thomas

It was an up and down journey but I learned a lot. In 2018, I rebranded myself and established a more personal professional exclusive styling experience for myself and my clients. All of my clients are special and dear to me. They help me grow to the place I’m at today. Read more>>

viki diaz

Art was always my favorite subject, whether it was drawing, painting or photography, it all gave me life. Creativity has always been my strong point. When the time came to choose my career, I knew I wanted to incorporate art into my daily life and routine. Read more>>

Eva A. Warner

I knew how to do makeup, so I started prancing around the office with my face snatched while everyone else looked like they just got off set of The Walking Dead! I became really close friends with an agent there, and she started booking me for some amazing projects as a freelance makeup artist in the music industry. Read more>>

Journey Filkosky

I wanted to read blogs that catered to people of all budgets and showed high end and low end worn together- so I created one. It has since blossomed into me sharing my high/low mixes when it comes to everything in my life including my jewelry, home decor and beauty products. Read more>>

Patricia Castro

My fascination with makeup began when I was 13 years old. I had never been a ‘girly girl’ and I can’t even remember being the type that would steal my Mom’s makeup, but when I came across my first makeup tutorial on YouTube, I was obsessed! Read more>>

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