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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.

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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