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Trailblazers in DTLA

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 Trailblazers series, 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 DTLA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Camly Nguyen

Let’s talk SOCIAL MEDIA; what started off as me running Social Accounts for creative agencies, start-ups, national organizations, eventually became a personal passion project. Read more>>

Carolina Carvajal

I started photography around 10 years ago when my first daughter was born and I wanted to take images of all the moments I shared with her. I signed up for classes at the college learning the basics in photography… Read more>>

Amy Perdigone

Today, we have grown to a team of 9 amazingly talented stylists who are sprinkled across the Bay and Sacramento area. All are MAC trained by the owner/operator, Amy Perdigone. Each stylist has their own unique aesthetic and all are trained to specialize in working with a variety of hair/skin. Read more>>

Tina Rivera

I grew up in a community where there was not much opportunity to say the least. I worked in the corporate world for a long while doin things in the legal field and began to freelance as a side hustle, as a single mom, I needed the extra income. As time went on, I was privileged to work with very notable individuals that opened doors for me in my niche.  Read more>>

Carol Sheridan and Stacy Lande

To keep things fresh and exciting we have introduced mermaid shoots, a giant cocktail glass, and motorcycle and classic car shoots. We have recently begun doing photo shoots with baby goats AND chickens as well! Read more>>

Elizabeth Montano

I started to feel like I needed to find something else because I was extremely unhappy where I was. While I was still working at my old job I had an idea with starting my very own blog but with the pressure of my job I couldn’t focus on that. Read more>>

Tesha Smith

My love for fashion and being able to make clothing that is affordable transitioned into a business 2 years ago. I started off turning simple rock band T-shirts into distressed, bleached and vintage pieces. I turned my hobby into a business. Read more>>

Jen Asaro and Georgia Syrengelas

As two hair and make up artists with more than 15 years experience in film, television, special effects, editorial, fashion and mostly weddings. Our focus with our clients is just as much in education and product consultations… Read more>>

Daisi Jo Pollard Sepulveda

I started off modeling when I was a teen and have continued ever since. In 2005 I was crowned Miss Jamaica International and things really took off! I competed primarily in Asia – China, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia as well as the U.S. Read more>>

I knew I wanted to be an artist from a very young age. As a child, I would tinker and build things, always using my hands to create objects and sculptures. In my undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, I delved into a multitude of art forms from ceramics to performance art, before finding my niche in the jewelry and metalsmithing world. Read more>>

Lauren Shaw

Ten years ago I was introduced to hula hooping as a hobby and was instantly hooked. A few months later I began performing with my hoop at nightclubs. When I saw a light up LED hoop for the first time, I convinced my manager to buy one for me.  Read more>>

Jacqui Estrada

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be a Fashion Designer. I remember at an early age, I would create dolls made out of cardboard and clothes made out of paper and dressed the dolls with fabulous dresses I designed and created out paper.  Read more>>

Roxana Delgado

Like many girls I have always had an obsession for beauty and makeup. About 4 years ago in 2014 I decided to take the plunge and get certified as a makeup artist. It was the scariest but best decision I ever made! It was definitely not a smooth road. The day before my final I got into a horrible car accident and ended up in trauma ER but that did not stop me! Read more>>

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