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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.

JaVaughnae Malone

I’m a photographer, social media strategist, and creative social activist. As an African American female photographer, I like capturing images that represent the natural beauty of people of color. People of color are under-represented in the world of photography both in front of the lens and behind it. 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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