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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.

Angela Ellefson

I am a mother, wife, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, and Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Trainer. I wish that I had a super crazy and inspiring tale of physical transformation to share with you as part of my journey, but that just isn’t the case. My journey has been more about self-discovery and spiritual awakenings that have manifested into a healthy body and career in the Health and Wellness Industry that I am grateful for. Read more>>

Paige Bouldin

I’ve always had super thick hair! Due to my hair being so thick, my hair was always a lot to handle. When I was a girl, my mother would either do my hair or I would get it professionally done. However, when my mother got carpal tunnel in both of her hands and when money was low, I was forced to do my hair myself. Read more>>

Angela Ellefson

I am a mother, wife, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, and Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Trainer. I wish that I had a super crazy and inspiring tale of physical transformation to share with you as part of my journey, but that just isn’t the case. My journey has been more about self-discovery and spiritual awakenings. Read more>>

Karen Yarima Ramirez

Early Saturday mornings in the early 2000’s meant I could follow my dad to his job at a factory that bought and sold plastic. We would wake up very early and go to the donut shop across the street from the factory. He would get a cup of coffee and I would ask for apple juice and donut holes. We had a shitty, tiny, old television with antennas that never got the reception quite right, and we would set it down on the dirty floor of the factory’s lounge. Read more>>

Beita Miles

I’m a newly licensed Real Estate Broker here in South LA! I’ve recently launched my own Real Estate Brokerage, where my team and I will focus on providing our clients with an exceptional buying & selling experience. I’ve been selling Real Estate. Read more>>

Karen Ramirez

Early Saturday mornings in the early 2000’s meant I could follow my dad to his job at a factory that bought and sold plastic. We would wake up very early and go to the donut shop across the street from the factory. Read more>>

Tessla Goodwin

I have always loved fashion. Even when I was a child before I could speak, my mother would hold me in front of my closet and I would point at what I wanted to wear. Throughout my life, my love for fashion has taken many forms. First, just with dressing up for any and all occasions and crafting. Read more>>

Rosemerry Pérez

Started at a place called Bodanna Studio and Gallery in NYC (currently closed). I was hired full time to actually learn the craft, it was the best job ever; it was like getting paid to go to school. I always had a passion for art in general and was always creative. Read more>>

Rochelle Tiller

I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and online fitness coach, and currently residing in Long Beach is a dream I never imagined possible. Growing up, I did not have a pleasant childhood and unfortunately lacked skills and attributes many folks take for granted. Read more>>

Jessi Pontillas

I feel like dance has been apart of my life since birth. Growing up as a second-generation Filipina-American, music and dance was always apart of my day-to-day life. The karaoke machine was a must-have during family parties at my Lola’s (grandmother) house. Read more>>

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