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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.

Jeneta St. Clair

I said in a women’s entrepreneurial group, “I want to find a way to combine my love of humanitarian work and comedy…and make money doing it.” While I continue to grow both personally and professionally, I got hired at an amazing company called Laughter On Call bringing laughter to those who need it most. Read more>>

Alia Mohamed

My father is a jazz musician from Lebanon, so I was exposed to a wide variety of musical styles from a young age. I played several instruments growing up but never stuck with one. When I got to college, I became really interested in belly dance. I always felt a deep connection to Arabic music and taking lessons allowed me to immerse myself in the rhythms that I missed hearing at home. Read more>>

Marcy Minton

In second grade, I brought an inchworm in from recess on my hand, and it peed on me. I stood up in class and started jumping around and yelling, “It peed on me! This inchworm peed on me!” Before I knew it, the whole class was laughing. Not at me. With me. I was a comedian. Until then, I had never considered the fact that I might be funny — it just never occurred to me as being a thing. Read more>>

Chen Huang

It has been almost 30 years since I began my earliest art creative experience when I was 6 in the Youth Palace Training School in China. I began to accept more professional and academic drawing training since high school sophomore year to prepare art college exam. It was a meaningful time in my art life, for I decided to consider art as my future career and made the first biggest choice in my life, pursuing art in my life forever. Read more>>

Sarah Lew

I was the kid with a lot of pet rocks. Each had a name and a personality, and the ones that were lucky would get little bedrooms or habitats I’d make for them based off their wants and needs (by my own admission, I played favorites). For a while, my nighttime comfort buddy was a wooden spoon. Read more>>

Katie Theel

I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and when I was ten years old, my friend’s mom gave us their old camcorder to mess around with. There were three of us who started making these little short films on days off from school that were actually pretty elaborate considering how young we were and what we were working with. Read more>>

Marina Semler

ANDREEVA is a family creation of mother and daughter Olga & Marina Andreeva originally from Kiev, Ukraine. My mom, Olga Andreeva started her business in early 2012 as an atelier which was very successful and then in 2015 I joined her business and we launched our first collection. Read more>>

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