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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.

Kate Wright

I guess I was never destined to “work for somebody else” because though I was embracing these amazing employment opportunities, I could always feel this tug of wanting something more. (…I’m guessing this is a theme of mine!) I had built Blue Door Creative on the side of all of these projects and I could just feel that this was my answer to my next career move. Read more>>

Lucky Sin

My love for makeup started as a fun hobby of mine. Growing up, as a total tomboy, it wasn’t until I had to face high school was when I felt that I needed to learn how to do my makeup. I was never allowed to wear makeup growing up. Read more>>

Ming Ng

I started my own business in 2016, a makeup studio offering bridal/event makeup and makeup class. My makeup class was a hit, and I’ve taught over 100 students in the first year. In 2017, I looked into permanent cosmetics because it was more exciting because I wanted my work to last longer. Read more>>

Ashley Tani

My love of makeup and beauty started when I was in high school. I was bullied a lot when I was younger for how I looked so making people (including myself) feel more confident has been a passion of mine for a long time. I wasn’t sure I could really make a career out of it but I also couldn’t find anything I loved more. Read more>>

Deborah Hurwitz

I feel incredibly fulfilled and inspired by helping others break through their own blocks and struggles. I’m a better artist now, because I’m able to follow my own desires and ideas, rather than looking for others to hire me, and I’m enjoying extraordinary collaborations and creative opportunities as a result. Read more>>


I’m a lifelong learner and elected to complete an in-depth stylist certification program from the Los Angeles School of Style. It provided me with the tools I needed to target my business to the needs of busy professionals and entrepreneurs. Read more>>

Amy Grat

My career path since then has always incorporated some component of education, an appreciation for the corporate bottom line, and a recognition of my role in a global community. I’ve been a study abroad adviser to college students, a planner of global conferences and programs, and a tenacious friend-raiser and fund-raiser for good causes. Read more>>

Emily Nguyen

Being a makeup artist is not just about helping someone be the best they be, it’s also about business, being active, forever learning, and simply being a hustler. Read more>>

Erin Fagerlind

My vision for happy baby began to develop in 2013 through my personal journey to motherhood. At the time, I was working long hours as an attorney in a large law firm, commuting daily to/from Century City. Read more>>

Reeta Balwinder Hernes

My story was pretty remarkably typical up until about a year and a half ago. I had gone straight from undergrad into an intensive doctorate degree for clinical psychology. It was absolutely grueling but I honestly loved just about everything about it. Read more>>

Karen Sikie

My father and his mother were hobby artist so I was always interested in art as a kid. I made the decision to pursue art while in college when I saw an art book of Gustav Klimt. Read more>>

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