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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.

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>>

Heidy Rodriguez

My earliest notion of photography and journalism was via National Geographic. My dad would pick me up from school and we would go to thrift stores, there I would skim through numerous magazines of the 1940’s all the way to what was present day. Read more>>

Kerstin Kuhn

My background is in journalism, and I have been a food writer for more than a decade. I’m a hugely passionate foodie and through my work have been able to fulfill my dream of traveling and eating my way around the world, meeting top chefs and dining in amazing restaurants. Read more>>


Our lives never stop evolving till we’re dead—only then do we get off the bus. In the meantime, it’s one adventure after another, each with a view incomparably its own. Read more>>


We started Iress in 2010 at a park in Covina, CA . After many late night AIM conversations we finally picked the name Iris which was later changed to Iress. Read more>>

Courtney Jay Biebl

How do you take a fashion industry that is largely disconnected from nature and spirituality and merge it with something as connected as yoga? This is my story and how I am on a mission to connect these two things through my blog COINCIDE. Read more>>

Danielle Siobhan Mol

Photographer and Model. I’m a storyteller on both sides of the camera. I was born and raised in Amsterdam and Dublin, currently living and working as assistant art editor for Wallpaper* City Guides in London. Read more>>

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>>

Ralphy Wolff

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>>

Diana Seva

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>>

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