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.
Iris Howl Virginia Bauman
Cuties sprung from our desire to build the community we wanted to see in Los Angeles. We both felt there were a lot of obstacles to folx who didn’t come up in the LGBTQIA+ community in LA to access it and we didn’t see a lot of spaces existed outside of nightlife or social services. Read more>>
Over the last 5 years, I have been honing my craft performing at iconic venues like The Rose, Viper Room, Mint and many others. Since being in LA, I have released my EP PeaceLover and created a complete show with dancers, costumes and DJ showcasing my work. Read more>>
I’m the kind of person who fully immerses myself into everything I feel passionate about – especially, if it allows me to help others – I became a meditation guide, Reiki practitioner, and sound healer, too! Read more>>
It started as kind of a therapeutic outlet for me to relax and be introspective. I continued painting and began making small illustrations while I attended college for graphic design. Fine art was my way of escaping from the strict rules, structure, and tediousness of design. Read more>>
My path to L.A Mamacitas and my blog started from motherhood. After I had my daughter, Julianna, I found myself in a lonely place. People always spoke to me about how horrible labor was but in reality, the aftermath was harder for me. Read more>>
My dream job as an art director of a magazine became more and more clear. I moved out to Los Angeles from Ohio after college and immediately fell in love with the city. However, I felt a bit lost. Read more>>
I’ve always liked art and decided to pursue a career in CG Animation in high school. After 9 years working in animation I wanted to get back to painting. So I started on canvas with acrylic and then slowly got into painting on my phone. Read more>>
Rita Oliveira Turner
I started studying music at a very young age, I was 10 years old, and the Bassoon caught my attention.
The first thing was that the instrument was bigger than me. Second, I got captured by the rich, smooth and deep wood tonalities. Read more>>
Making women feel Beautiful and empowered is the best feeling. I have worked as a makeup artist for Red carpet events, LA fashion week and production. I constantly attend refresher classes to stay on top of the latest trends. Read more>>
Jocelyn & Justine Wong
Their passion for exploring new restaurants inspired them to become food bloggers after graduating from USC and UCLA, respectively. They were raised in Hong Kong but moved to Los Angeles to study. Read more>>
Makeup artistry has always been a passion of mine, I was that little girl who played with her mother’s lipstick, only for the evidence to end up all over my clothes and hair. I loved art. Read more>>