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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.

Christina Yang

My motivation for my passion comes from believing that there will be good influence with my intention genuinely good. I love to share my passion for being fit in your lifestyle itself- not only physically. Read more>>

Amanda Tooley

My husband and I made the jump to move to Los Angeles! He is originally from the area but had moved away. He is a filmmaker, and it made sense to move closer to the work, and we both wanted to live within the city. Read more>>

Sharondra Marks

I’m most proud of as a brand that I have assisted other brands with laying the foundation of a successful business. I’m proud that I have a program called “dressed for success.” Read more>>

Carlie Carpio

I always knew that I wanted to help people, but I didn’t know how. When I got to college, I discovered architecture and construction engineering. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world that I could literally help people build their dreams. Read more>>

Saiyidah Morris

I am a proud music fiend, I chase the feeling of love at first listen. I’m always down for a concert, festival, album release, acoustic session, jam, wherever there is live music- I’m close by. Music is the one thing that most connects me to my culture and surroundings. I was born in Brooklyn to West Indian immigrant parents. Read more>>

Arianne Edmonds

When I was little, my grandfather, Chase Edmonds II, would point to a family photo — his dad’s 1904 graduating class. He would say, “One day, this is going to be very important to you.” I forgot about it for many years, until a trip back to Los Angeles after college. Read more>>

Morgan Sullivan

No one should make you feel like you haven’t tried hard enough if things don’t work out right away. Transitioning from 20+ years of schooling to big girl life is awkward and impossible to plan. Post graduation, I work in Los Angeles as a Junior Copywriter, and it’s looking pretty sweet. Read more>>

Rebel Mang

I should just mimic those that I admired. In short, my teenage years I spent as a Mockingbird. Larger than life, defensive, loud, but inside scared that no one would ever like me if they knew who I really was. Read more>>

Ashley Anderson

After all the mishaps that I experienced a few years ago, I learned that it’s best to move at my own manageable pace with my businesses. I see people on Instagram selling packages on how to start a business trying to make entrepreneurship look easy. But truth is that it is everything but easy. Save your money, put in the work, but most of all stay consistent and you will reach your goals. Read more>>

Courtney Shove

Almost two years ago, a close friend told me she was joining Beach Cities Roller Derby and something sparked inside me. My now ex told me I “couldn’t join.” It was the first time I broke my brainwashed submissiveness and bought a pair of Moxi roller skates and joined the wonderful world of derby. Through derby, I gained a second family and met my new girlfriend. Read more>>

Steve Fawley

Growing up at the beach under the wings of a father who is an inventor and a mother who is a photographer. Having the ocean, surfing & skateboarding as my muse. Surrounded by urban culture and graffiti. Abstract colorist my trajectory. My First art show was in 2002 in LA at a gallery on La Brea called FOAM. After that show, everything was a blur… 50 shows over the past 17 years. Read more>>

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