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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.

Kinley Danger Winnaman

Well well well…I definitely hit the jackpot with my grandpa aka Poppi aka my mentor. Maybe I would still be doing what I’m doing if he didn’t show me the way? Nope. no. I detract that. It would’ve never happened. Or maybe not as seamlessly. Though I did grow up in a very creative family. Read more>>

Merilou Salazar

Writing music now is the best way I know how to communicate. I write every single day even just for an hour or two in the morning. I get to collaborate with amazing artists, play amazing shows and tour the country with my band. Jessie and I are now engaged too! Read more>>

Rita Oliveira Turner

Holding space for others to grow, to connect, and to allow healing to happen, both on a physical and emotional level. I can say I’m in a happy place both inside and outside. I love life. I love the life I have chosen and all of the connections and opportunities it brings every day. Read more>>

Melanie Ansley

I grew up all over China – Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and also Taipei and Taiwan. This led me back to Asia as an adult when I was seeking work in film production, and meant I developed a niche for Chinese stories. I started in documentaries for TV such as “Shanghai Bride” and “The Last Breadbox”, but later gravitated to fiction with features such as “Red Light Revolution” and “King of Peking”, which recently released on Netflix. Read more>>

Brooke Bailey and Johnny

My husband Johnny and I have a delightful shop-within -a-shop in Atwater Village called Carny Couture. It’s nestled inside La Commune General and shares space with Pickpocket Vintage. We are essentially three businesses under one roof. Read more>>

Tania B Darling

I launched my blog during my post-grad studies in London mainly for learning purposes to allow myself an opportunity to gain better access to the job market. I was hoping to get a digital marketing job after my studies and my blog was going to serve as my online portfolio showcasing my transferable skills. Read more>>

Lauren Kop

Forming special relationships with musicians and building community has played a huge part in my journey. I am constantly inspired by the artists here and the energy that they are generating. I’ve always been a slow burner, and I feel like this project is starting to positively show the work and energy that I’ve put into it. Read more>>

Veronica Tolentino

Womxn from different cultural backgrounds but also socio economic and education levels. I’d like to help give women the tools they need to succeed and also offer education that will allow us to lift each other up. Read more>>

Kassy Francis

Creativity and the arts were always a part of my life, but there was a time I allowed that side of me to be kept at the back of my mind and out of the forefront. I was afraid. I didn’t know who I was or what I was supposed to do with my life. Read more>>

Kaitlin Mogentale

By leveraging byproduct, nutritious fruit and vegetable ingredients to create shelf-stable snacks, we can bring greater access to fruits, vegetables and fiber for all – distributing across the corners of the U.S. at an attainable price. Read more>>

Trina Gutierrez

I started my career in the beauty industry in 2014. I attended makeup school and esthetician school at the same time because I knew this was my destiny. It was about more than beauty for me, it was about feeling amazing as women! It was about loving yourself. Read more>>

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