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Trailblazers in East LA

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 Trailblazersseries, 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 East LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Sarah Rodenhouse

From jamming out to Michael Jackson’s BAD album at age 4, through studying dance performance and education at Towson University, to dancing professionally for the first decade of my young adult life, I have always thrived on movement. Read more>>

Kim Hau

I always knew I wanted to do something creative but didn’t know exactly what it was until later in life. I tried out photography in college then switched to graphic design. During the last year of my degree, I found clay but didn’t know it was something I could pursue to earn a living. Read more>>

Claudette Silver

I started doing hair when I was 12 years old. Being homeschooled got a bit boring, I had a lot of extra time, I remember I started doing hair on my barbies, dolls and when they were all styled I moved up. I followed my dad around the house begging him to let me do his hair. Read more>>

Dalar Mehrabian

From a very young age, I was always involved in some form of art. Whether it was art classes, dance classes or performing on stage. I always knew my future would involve me being creative somehow I just didn’t know exactly what it was going to be. Read more>>

Ana Saldaña

In a nutshell, when I finally decided I would pursue a career in the Film and Radio industry, I was immediately offered a production assistant job for Oscar De la Hoya’s NEXT GREAT CHAMP Series on FOX, there I met a camera operator who took me under his wing and mentored me. Read more>>

Sarah Green

Spare Parts for Broken Hearts is a melodic, 3 piece, alternative/post-grunge band fronted by vocalist & guitar player, Sarah Green (SG). SG is also the vocalist & bassist for LA based shoegaze band, Miserable. Read more>>

Lucia Rios

I started Twisted as I think many do, a side hustle, a way to generate extra income, a source of therapy and more. I had a need to be a stay at home mom because I was dealing with PPD (postpartum depression) I knew being home and working on myself and bonding with my child was the right move. Read more>>

Cecilie Hammelev-Wethje

The inspiration behind Oko Boks was a combination between being able to curate my own work-life balance and spending time on something I truly feel passionate about. Before founding Oko Boks I had spent two years taking a master’s degree in communications and business, while caring for our newborn daughter full-time. Read more>>

Amy Asaturyan

I’m a lifelong lover of the written word and playing dress-up. At a very young age I began writing professionally while maintaining steady work in other fields. I also practiced the art of self-expression and self-exploration through style and fashion. Read more>>


When I was 14 I went to a summer camp in Connecticut called Buck’s Rock Performing & Creative Arts Camp. I was asked that summer to be one of Pilate’s soldiers in Jesus Christ Superstar, and while I had no lines, the whole experience was enthralling and I fell in love with acting. Read more>>

Lauren Griffin

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved movement. I grew up a gymnast for 9 years and after I left the sport, I continued to explore movement through teaching pilates, competing in Calisthenics and dabbling in AcroYoga. Read more>>

Rachel Yarmosh

I’ve been building connections, making new friends, and busy navigating the world of beauty. It’s been fun but a challenge to navigate such a large city from scratch (ie no friends, no connections, etc.) Read more>>

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