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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.

Ana Sofia Fehn

I always wanted to be an actress. I played sports because I wanted to be like my brothers, but I performed because it made me feel more like myself, more happy, and more excited than anything else I had ever experienced. I put on shows for my family and friends, spent hours learning to imitate Jim Carey, and memorized every song and dance from Disney. Read more>>

Kristina Birk

To all women—(caution: cheesy information ahead) don’t rely on handsome men who promise you big things while trying to seduce you. Build a solid community of strong, like-minded people around yourself and become friends with compassionate, inspiring women. Girl power is priceless. Read more>>

Bella Foxx

I knew I always loved music, I was the one making mixed CDs for me and my friends to ride to the club too, but I didn’t know I wanted to be a dj until later in life. My mom’s music knowledge had a huge impact on me as well. She was always listening to music so I had no choice but to listen as a kid. Read more>>

Miranda Kelton

Today, I spend most of my time creating Personal Branding Imagery & Creative Portraiture for clients who want to go the extra mile to represent themselves, their products, & their brands in a way that is creative & unique. I love the genre I’ve settled in – it allows me to constantly be traveling, meeting interesting people, & solving new challenges. I’m never bored! Read more>>

Michele LoBosco

You’ve learned all that you can learn, and you’ve nailed it down. That is not the case at all with photography. Not only is figuring out how to work a camera a challenge in and of itself, but there are also myriad aspects to the photography process that always allow for further experimentation, further development, and further challenge. Read more>>

Krista Varnum

What could possibly check all those boxes? Well, it turns out that doing hair was what I had been missing the whole time. I had never even considered hairdressing as a career that I could do. But why not?! So, I went back to school again. This time, I graduated with a cosmetology license. Read more>>

Jordan Nguyen

I would get frustrated with myself for not being able to just do it all! I think that many young women face this problem of self-blame over things and situations that we don’t always have control over. As I grew older and graduated from high school, I learned to have patience with myself and with my journey. I’m realizing that the enjoyment is in the journey. Read more>>

Rebecca Guzman

I help create the digital content that goes into building and promoting the morning show. I love the company I currently work for because I grew up listening to the station when “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” was on in the mornings and Yesi Ortiz was holding it down from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This station has and will always be a staple in LA’s hip-hop culture. Read more>>

Lauren Nikohl

My parents, while they love and support me very much, didn’t support me getting a degree in music, as they thought I needed a “backup plan” so I wouldn’t be a “starving artist in LA.” I’ve had many doubts about pursuing music, but I’m passionate enough about it that I persevered to where I am today. Read more>>

Paige Maloney

I wanted to find what it is that I should be doing, and to do that I had to stay true to myself. But I can say that I felt like I was getting closer, that’s for sure. My best friend was also a Journalism major and we had so much in common and would always share our goals and aspirations with each other. Read more>>

Syd Traina

I always wanted to make people laugh and smile. I started off as a singer so when I went to middle school I auditioned for the choir and got in. Even though, I got in, it wasn’t enough for me I knew there was more for me. One day, I went to the movies with my mom to see “Fame” and that was that. Read more>>

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