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

Nyki Allen

Gyv Me Body embraces and caters to the reality of all women no matter the shape or size; her swimwear supports them in feeling confident, sexy and classy. In 2018, I introduced Body for Men and Lil Bodies to the Gyv Me Body Brand. We hope to provide luxury swimwear for the entire family. Read more>>

Michelle Robinson

One of the biggest things I have found out about using my makeup skills is that it also provides healing for others as well, I’ve been so blessed to be able to give back through charity projects like “Armored Angels” “All About the Animals” and the “Women’s Den” who help women of domestic violence. I am in Makeup because it is who I am. Read more>>

Dhaujee Kelly

I love that I am able to bring people from various industries and communities together to showcase their skills or offer their unique talents to children and adults who appreciate it. Read more>>

Linh Nguyen

I started my career as a cosmetologist in January 2015 with Carlton hair in West Covina. I assisted a master stylist for 9 month, while attending there academy once a week. Read more>>

Neana Hudson

I am a budding D.J. native to Los Angeles. Although I am new to D.J.’ing as a career choice, it has always been a part of my life. For as long as I’ve been breathing, my mother has been a thriving mobile D.J. and is still going. A career in music only came naturally as a result of my mother’s deep love and passion for music.  Read more>>

Kym Nicole Oubre

I grew up in a family of artist of every genre. With art running through my veins, I became the go-to girl in the neighborhood for trends and beauty tips. I enrolled in cosmetology school during my junior year of high school in 2000 and received my cosmetology license shortly thereafter. Read more>>

Nina Villalvazo

I started my blog, German Blondy, about 3 years ago. Initially, I started my blog as a creative outlet. I always liked taking pictures so I thought, a blog was perfect. My husband was the one who came up with the name German Blondy. I was born and raised in Germany and I moved to Los Angeles in 2013. Read more>>

Jazmyn Anderson

I started my lifestyle blog Daily Dose of Luxury 2 weeks before my 27th birthday; I was just engaged and was going through what felt like a mid life crisis. I have a background in events, 7 years, 4 internships, 1 certification and a degree to be exact and just knew, I was meant to be an event planner. Read more>>

Joyce Ivonne

My greatest passion in life is helping others. With my purpose in place, I became a certified yoga instructor, Reiki healer, culinary nutritionist and rain drop specialist. My goal with Divine Self Love® is to use my unique set of abilities to empower others to make self-love a practice in their everyday life. Read more>>

Michele Lewis

My journey unto makeup was very diverse… I started out as a Medical Tech, I joined the Air Force at age 28. Then, they made me an Administrative Clerk, lol! When I left the military 4 years later, I came to Los Angeles to visit a friend for a few weeks. Read more>>

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