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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.

Michelle Steilen

I was inspired to bring roller skating back by telling the East Coast and the rest of the world that you don’t need to be inside to enjoy roller skating! Then I discovered so much more. After incorporating roller skating into my regular lifestyle, I shed an effortless 30 lbs. I was hooked. I had worked so hard through all of my teen years running, elliptical stepping… Read more>>

Jennifer Shirley

Small town girl raised on Jesus and tradition that had big ambitions of cities and accomplishments she only ever dreamed about. My family (my two children) own my heart and inspired this single mother from rural America to spread her wings and fly to California. Read more>>

Linda Garcia

I started by taking notice of synchronicities and using them as signs. I think most of us are taught to not really believe in signs and just brush them off as coincidences. Read more>>

Carolina Fontoura Alzaga

The most satisfying aspect of the last 10 years has been the continuous perfecting of the bike chain lighting sculpture. I’ve definitely been proud of these functional sculptures at every stage of their trajectory but I’m particularly satisfied with where they are now and all I’ve learned along the way. Read more>>

Julia Comil

Fashion has always been a way to express my creativity. I love experimenting with different styles, from preppy, rock bobo and sport chic to glam looks. But underneath it all I remains definitely French: Effortlessly chic, natural, with a hint of playful seduction. Read more>>

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>>

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