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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.

Leanna Lin

I’ve always been connected to the arts. It started out as a young kid going to art classes and exploring different media throughout school until I settled with fashion design in high school. I was in the fashion industry from 1996-2009 and when I left the industry, I decided it was time to focus on my own business and here we are! Read more>>

Nina Savill

When I was little, I’d scavenge for seeds, feathers and leaves, glue these things to rocks and give them to all my neighbors as plant and garden accessories. I was always drawn to the process in its entirety – collecting interesting relics, creatively constructing functional objects and distributing them to anybody who would take them in! Read more>>

Michelle Trayfoot-Morales

Ever since I was a little girl, I had a love for rocks and crystals. My grandfather used to take me rock hunting in the desert where I would collect quartz, take them home and clean them and display them on my dresser. As I become older, I was very intrigued by the healing and energy work done with crystals. I have always enjoyed being creative and making things. Read more>>

Rachel Brodeur

I started practicing yoga as a way of connecting exercise to mental health. I was in college and the most unhealthy I had ever been. I was drinking, eating cafeteria food, smoking weed and my sleeping habits were out of control. My gym time was spent looking around comparing myself to others and leaving pretty unhappy. Read more>>

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